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Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Gattaca
Date: 1997

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!

Gattaca, early draft, by Andrew M Niccol

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