In this science-fiction drama, Vincent (Ethan Hawke) can’t become an astronaut because he’s genetically unenhanced. So he purchases the identity of a disabled athlete (Jude Law), with calamitous results. The movie is a cautionary tale about the progressive fantasy of a eugenically correct world—the road to which is paved by the abortion of Down babies, research into human cloning, and "transhumanist" dreams of fabricating a "post-human species." Biotechnology is a force for good, but without adherence to the ideal of universal human equality, it opens the door to the soft tyranny of Gattaca and, ultimately, the dystopian nightmare of Brave New World.
Sure, yes, obvs, Gattaca is a movie about what an awful world this would be, if
pro-choicers had succeeded in forcing Sarah Palin to abort Trig — as I,
like most progressives, held many traffic-blocking demonstrations
demanding she do.
This actually sort of pernicious inasmuch as it ties into that whole
Jonah Goldberg Liberal Fascism anti-science thing, in which embryo screening and
other potentially useful, potentially problematic scientific advances
are aligned with eugenics in an effort to frame the Nazis as
left-wingers. As if the opposite of a “master race” was anything other
than the dreaded-to-the-National Review d-word, diversity.
Also, you know. Wow.