The concept of fate as a determining factor in the division of humanity is an intriguing element in “The Matrix”. It is unfair that the characters have their predetermined fates and their consciences stolen due to events over which they have no control, and therefore the resistance movement of Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and their allies is very inspiring. Not only is their mission to improve their own lives, but they are fighting for an important cause that will benefit the entire human race.
Andrew Niccol’s 1997 sci-fi thriller “Gattaca” also follows a hero who fights against a dystopian system by dismantling it from within. Like the Wachowskis, Niccol’s concept of the totalitarian state is distinct from the classic science fiction that came before it, and it is very impressive that “Gattaca” was its first director. “Gattaca” takes place in a future controlled by eugenics, where societal function is determined by genetic makeup. Children can only be created after a delicate process of selecting hereditary traits; those born without these traits are considered “undesirable”. The title “Gattaca” is made up of the letters A, C, G and T, an allusion to the DNA nucleic bases adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine.
The story follows Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), who dreams of becoming an astronaut. Vincent is denied the opportunity to go to space due to his genetics, but the plot thickens when former swimming champion Jerome Eugene Morrow (Jude Law) offers him tissue and blood samples in order to that Vincent can take his identity.