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7 sci-fi movies with plausible eco-themes

By: Shea Gunther on Nov. 2, 2011, 9:18 a.m.
Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, Gattaca

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"Gattaca" — starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke (pictured) — is set in the near future and takes place in a world in which a person's DNA determines their standing in life. Those who are genetically enhanced at birth are known as valids and are given the best jobs, while people born "naturally" without the aid of genetic screening and enhancement are classed as in-valids and are regulated to perform menial labor.

Vincent Freemen, the lead character played by Hawke, was born naturally and is masquerading as a valid in pursuit of his dream of becoming an astronaut. After someone is murdered at work, he is forced to dodge the police who are hunting for his in-valid DNA, which is found near the murder scene.

"Gattaca" offers an extreme vision of a world built by corporations — a world in which genetics are manipulated in pursuit of profit.