Vitals: Genetic engineering is rampant, and economic status hinges on your genetic desirability. Ethan Hawke plays a genetic undesirable who steals the genotype of an elite and winds up entangled with a woman whom he's forbidden to get recombinant with.
Famous names: Andrew Niccol, Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke
Crunchy goodness: 3
Design breakthrough: Filmed at futuristic-looking malls and factory farms near Los Angeles and Marin County, Gattaca offered a fascinating glimpse of city life after the genome has been throughly hacked.
Life lesson: As we always suspected, Ethan Hawke is a genetic defective.
Elevator pitch: It's like 1984 - with genetics!