The Kindness of a Stranger: Gattaca (千鈞一髮)

gattaca_1997 This is one of my all time favorites. There are some other movies grabbing my attention in no less degree, but I really want to keep the memory of this one when I am going to leave this world.  Exaggerated?  Maybe, but to me it is worth remembering, and I am happy that someone has written the script and made it into a film.    The story is set in “a not very distant future."  People are keen to have children without any genetic defects, and those who were born under the natural way are discriminated.   Vincent, a naturally born young man whose future seems to be settled already, still wants to chase after his dream.  Daring and willing to exchange anything for space travel,  he borrows someone else’s identity for being a researcher of Gattaca, a research center for outer space.  Just before Vincent is going  up to the Saturn, a murder inside the center brings the police’s minute investigation.  An eyelash left by Vincent draws the police’s attention and put his identity into question.  Vincent’s career is now in danger.  Will he be safe enough to be sent up to the space and achieve his lifelong dream?

For me, what makes the story so impressive is Vincent’s persistence in achieving his dream.  He is willing to become someone else for doing what he has always dreamed about.  With scenes from his childhood, early adulthood, and the time just before working in Gattaca, the story makes his determination very convincing.  However, the biggest surprise of the movie is not the identity of the culprit but the kindness of a stranger.  Every time when I watch this scene, it always moves me to tears.  The kindness of a stranger should not be our pursuit in life, but it is good to have, and we may find our life already filled with it.

“You’re gonna miss your flight, Vincent." 

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