Sunday, 12 May 2013

Film Study - Individual Post

We had a chance to watch a movie, as part of our film study portion of our novel study. The name of this film is Gattaca, and it takes place in the future. There is lots to talk about, but the main thing is the protagonists in both the movie and The House of the Scorpion. The protagonist in the book is Matteo Alacran, also refereed to as Matt. The main character in the movie is Vincent Freeman, a myopic man who has a heart defect. There is a lot in common between these two main characters, and lots that is not.

Matt is the clone of a powerful drug lord, who is known as El Patron. Although Matt is a very skilled child, both in music and in general knowledge, he is discriminated, as he is a clone. Clones are considered filthy animals as most clones have their brains destroyed at birth. But El Patron's clones are left unharmed. Like any other human, Matt had feelings and a heart. This is evident in this small passage from the book:
"I love you," Matt said.
"I love you, too," Maria replied. "I know that's a sin, and I'll probably go to hell for it."
"If I have a soul, I'll go with you," promised Matt.
(Farmer, Nancy  page unknown)
Even though Matt is second looked by many, he is also cared by Celia, Tam Lin and Maria. Matt is a very ambitious boy, who wants to make a difference and rule the opium business.

Vincent is a man who has the dream of working in Gattaca, a space agency. His goal is to go into space and uncover its mysteries. In every story there is a problem, and in this one, all the people are separated into groups based on their DNA. Vincent isn't meant to live over 30.2 years. To even work in Gattaca you need "valid" DNA, something Vincent does not have. He takes over the identity of Jerome Morrow, to fulfill his dream. As Vincent is "invalid" everyone doesn't care for his type. But once he changes his identity people are astounded by his work, including the head of the space mission he wants to attend. This just proves that being "valid" or "invalid" has nothing to do with who you are. Even though he is justified as different, he really is not. He has feelings like the "valid" and some people feel the same way about him. Here is a small passage from the movie:
Vincent: "It's funny, you work so hard, you do everything you can to get away from a place, and when you finally get your chance to leave, you find a reason to stay." (Gattaca - released on October 24, 1997)

Although Gattaca and The house of the Scorpion have nothing in common involving the plot, the protagonists are very much alike. They both want to fulfill their dreams even if it mean they have to change their identity, or destroy a business. People care for them, and in return they care back. As both these stories take place in the future, life is a lot different than it is today. People think differently and act differently. I must say both Vincent and Matt are amazing characters, which you don't see in many books.

-Maanasa

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