Director Andrew Niccol imagined a world in which the imperfections built in at birth were erased. His movie "Gattaca" shows a time when people are genetically engineered to be the best combination of their parents' genes. At the beginning of the movie, a genetisist explains, “We want to give your child the best possible start. Believe me, we have enough imperfection built in already. Your child doesn't need any more additional burdens.” (Niccol, 1997). Having children went from a game of chance, to a highly controlled process.
While there are many advantages to genetic engineering (no genetic diseases, longer life span, etc.), the disadvantages are clearly mapped out in “Gattaca”. The protagonist of the movie, Vincent, is born naturally without genetic engineering. Due to his inferior genetic makeup Vincent is prevented from reaching his dream of going into space and must take drastic measures to hide his genes from authority.
Apart from this discrimination of genes, the process of bringing a child into the world looses the aspect of love and chance. Sex is completely taken out of the picture as a way of conceiving a child and everything becomes scientific. While science and technology are important aspects of our world, it should not replace the natural process of creating life.
While this movie was written to take place in the future, technology has become much more advanced in the last fourteen years and genetic engineering has gone from a distant dream to a real possibility. The rapid advance of technology can be scary, especially to an older crowd, and we need to keep science in check so that is can provide the greatest good to the world without removing the phenomenon of human life.