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I enjoyed this movie foremost due to the intelligent discussion of issues of what makes us human, whether we are constrained by our genes, the views of others and so forth. I suppose the acting was... Read more fairly good, though I did not particularly attend to it. A movie that will make you think, and if it doesn't, you didn't watch it properly.
Very good watching. Ethan Hawke's performance is average but the filmography, sets, costumes and music are outstanding. The dichotomy between the futuristic subject and the 1950s "feel" of the movie is quite interesting... Highly recommended.
It's about the determination and courage of a genetically born-inferior individual trying everything he can to defy the odds and realise his childhood dream before exhausting his expected lifespan.... Read more Superb performance from Jude Law & Ethan Hawke. Interesting take on political and societal issues of foreseen future.
Not really SciFi. Aside from genetic engineering and DNA testing, and a minimalistic set with hints of futuristic vehicles (whining electric cars: amusing by 2010 standards), it is really a human drama... Read more about ambition, ruthlessness, duplicity and loss. It is well directed and acted. It has shades of Brave New World in that genetics determine one's station in life. That the SciFi dimension was played down seems deliberate and even tongue in cheek (eg, flying to Titan in business suits), allowing the writer/director to focus on the real issues. It is far better than some Hollywood movies that pass themselves off as SciFi.
It has a very good sci-fi premise and the set designs are very good but the pace of the screenplay was stodgy and a real turn off.
An interesting movie. It combines a standard, generic "you can achieve your dreams (provided they don't get dashed by some hot love interest)" storyline with a genetic discrimination backdrop. Cinematography... Read more is great, but the storyline is largely dross, and requires too much suspension of belief to maintain any sort of drama or pathos. BUT, the genetic angle is absolutely bang on the money, and is more relevant now than ever. Ultimately, this is why the movie will be remembered - it is THE movie that brought to the popular consciousness the idea that future society could be dominated by fairly subtle (and achievable) genetic selection. A defining film in that regard, but the "TV movie" level of the story other than that means it only gets 3.5 stars..
One of my all-time favourite movies, Kiwi director Andrew Nicoll presents an absorbing drama , with issues of genetic selection relevant to the present day. Low-key acting by a top cast & a beautiful soundtrack make this compelling watching.
Stylish, intriguing, thought provoking. Sets both futuristic and retro. Good chemistry between the leads - (I know - they hooked up in real life). I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
My family and i enjoyed this movie, the discussions where very much intense
Still a great movie having watched it many many years ago. I loved it then for its cinematography, sets and storyline. Still stunning to say the least. The debate on human dna manipulation is alive and kicking. Intriguing.