Reformist Muslim

Exploring possibilities for the future of Islam and other thoughts

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Film Recommendation

In light of my earlier post on the problem of their being a lack of Muslim scholars with enough scientific knowledge to tackle important current and future ethical issues, I would like to recommend the film Gattaca.

Surprisingly enough given its cast (Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Uma Thurman) and its director (Andrew Nicol who recently directed the excellent Lord of War), this film did not get a lot of attention when it came out eight years ago. This was a shame as it touches upon a world which is quite possible in the foreseeable future. A world in which genetic selection by parents is commonplace, in which those with the right genes win and those with the wrong ones go through life as under-class 'de-gene-erats'.

Overall this is a great film. The issues are dealt with in an unpredictable plot, the cinematography is beautiful, and the acting superb; particularly impressive is Jude Law in his pre-Alfie days. A final point to persuade you that this is film is not star-trek like scientific fiction and is well worth watching - Gore Vidal also stars in it!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i never thought it was possible to have a favourite movie, until i watched Gattaca.

everyone should watch it. again.

6:41 pm, December 19, 2005  
Blogger Jordan said...

it was a fantastic movie. its unfortinately that these artistic insightful films do not do better.

4:39 am, December 21, 2005  

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