Allegory for discrimination against the underclass or straight up sci fi thriller? Doesn’t really matter.
Gattaca director Andrew Niccol wrote The Terminal and The Truman Show as well as writing and directing Gattaca, Lord of War and In Time so he has a decent pedigree. Gattaca to me though feels like a more grown up but less fun version of Equilibrium. An impressive cast featuring Ethan Hawke, and Uma Thurman play it really straight with only Jude Law standing out above the rest with a funny and believable performance and Alan Arkin a close second place with a typical grumpy Arkin turn. Law is one of the most underrated actors of his generation and he blows Hawke away in the scenes the two share together. Gattaca drags in places but there is an excellent climatic scene and the score is brilliant. Not a film I can imagine wanting to watch again but a decent if bland entry in the sci fi canon.