Perhaps you saw Gattaca in 1997. Perhaps it may have been cooler if I had watched it then, but I just watched now in 2009 and was not impressed. It is an okay film with a heavy handed message about tolerance and acceptance.
The movie put into place several scientific contrivances in order to make the plot run. It seemed the genetic code was completely manipulable when it came to making physical superman – at the time of fertilization. After that it seemed there was little that could be done with peoples physical ailments. It seemed a little out of balance. No help for the living.
The movie had an artsy flavor, and some of the shots were quite well set up and visually appealing. However it was also dull at times and a little preachy and dare I say even pretentious, but Uma looked good. The fashions of the movie fit her long frame well. She seemed made for them and as a result she was really at the top of her game in the looks department.
The film went out of its way to duplicate the noir feel. Be it with smoking, lighting, or fashion. I thought these efforts fitting except for the policemen’s hats which were too obviously anachronistic.
As for the sci-fi elements, well, there really were none. It is quite a feat to set a movie in the future like this and show as little technology as they did. One of my least favorite but oft used tricks is taking a very normal car and dubbing the old “space sound” on top of it when it drives by. Classic, and cheap.
Gattaca (I never found much significance to the name) is not a bad movie, but not one I would recommend either. This despite the fact that it has Ernest Borgnine in it. Everybody like Ernest Borgnine! The overall message is indeed a good one though. One should be measured by who they are and what they do, not their genome.