Gattaca Change Essay

Change Essay

Change is an inevitable part of life as we know it – from science and technology to fashion and music, change is all around us. Through the study of the film ‘Gattaca’, directed by Andrew Niccol, and the song ‘Drive’ by Incubus, responders learn that in an ever changing world, despite dealing with discrimination in many forms, the strength of the human spirit can prevail.


Para 2 – Gattaca study
The concept of discrimination in a changing world arises in both ‘Gattaca’ and ‘Drive’. In ‘Gattaca’, Niccol illustrates a world dominated by the pursuit of genetic perfection where discrimination is “down to a science”. In the film, the character Vincent is diagnosed with many flaws and is classified as an ‘in-valid’. His father is not proud of him, and favours his genetically stronger, taller and more perfect son Anton. Vincent’s desire to become and astronaut is not taken seriously. His applications to study are rejected, and job applications refused. Vincent is marginalised and discriminated against because he is not part of the elite group of ‘valids’.

Niccol uses subtle film techniques to further heighten the differences between ‘in-valids’ and ‘valids’. Techniques such as darkened lighting and heavy use of blue/black tone emphasise the entrapment felt by the ‘in-valids’. In contrast, the ‘valids’ exist in a brightly lit, white, sterile environment, as depicted in the opening scenes. Through this lifestyle, the ‘valids’ appear to have lost touch with humanity, and the invalids appear to be supressed.

Para 3 – Drive study
The related text Drive touches on the issue of discrimination through the lyrics ‘And it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal; But lately I’m beginning to find that I should be the one behind the wheel’. Here, the composer is making reference to choosing the same path as every one else, and fearing making his own decisions and perhaps being marginalised as a result, but then once he does take...