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While folding laundry this past week, my wife and I stumbled on to the movie Gattaca (1997) and I forgot what a sensational film it really is. It truly is a movie that gets better every time I see it. Right now, you can watch it for free (with limited commercials) on Hulu. If you haven’t ever seen it, go watch it and then come back and read the rest of this post. Beware of one PG-13 sex scene that’s very easy to skip through without missing anything. For those who have seen it, by all means, read on.

There are many things you can focus on in this movie. First off, it’s a beautiful movie. I love the sort of retro image of the future with the old school cars and clothing. I love how it is a vision of the future but the technology is secondary to the characters. The visuals are really well done and effective. It’s a dark yet smooth world. Green is a very dominant color. It just feels like a very “clean” world, which is exactly how it’s supposed to feel.

In terms of themes and characters, you can discuss anything from the genetic engineering to the favoritism of Vincent’s father to his relationship with his brother, Anton. Jude Law is also excellent in this movie as the crippled Jerome. But there is one thing that blew me away and just gripped my heart when I saw it this time.

“There is no gene for the human spirit.”

We love how Vincent overcomes in this movie, how he pursues his dream with heart and diligence and an unstoppable will. It’s an uplifting film. You’re very easily pulling for him the whole way. Vincent has been given up on his whole life. He was not genetically engineered which means his life is relegated to cleaning toilets. His parents did not believe in him. His brother browbeats him and has all the talent. No one will look past his DNA in a world of perfection. It’s the classic story. However, it’s the twist which makes this a powerful film and reveals a truth that we tend to ignore.

You are not alone

He’s made it. He’s overcome. Time to board the rocket and realize his dreams of being in space. Everything comes down to this moment. But there is one last kink. One more DNA test that he is completely unprepared for. There is no getting around exposure of his true identity this time. He fails the test. Then Dr. Lamar covers for him and releases him. He, with a funny statement, then reveals that he knew all along that Vincent was not who he said he was. Dr Lamar was covering for him all along! He knew! When Vincent was living his secret to realize his dream and walking in that loneliness where only 1 person in his life knew, Dr. Lamar was protecting him, working for him, rooting for him, and watching out for him, the whole time. Did you catch his last words to him?

You’re going to miss your flight, Vincent.

He calls Vincent by his real name. It just breaks me. God is all that and more. Even when things are darkest and foggiest, which we can feel so often in this world, our Father is on our side working for our good and taking care of us and is not asleep or disengaged.

for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV)

You are not alone. You have a heavenly Father who through the blood of Jesus is on your side. You also have a friend and brother, like Jerome, who laid down his life for you, who also shed his own blood for you, who also gives you his own identity and righteousness. This Father and Brother are waiting for you. Therefore, like Vincent, let’s keep our ultimate hope in a life off of this planet.

Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:13-15 ESV)

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