“Right-handed guys…”

“…don’t hold it with their left.”

This scene from the very end of the movie, depicts Vincent taking a final urine test just after he believes he has been the system and is headed into space. Realizing what this urine test means for his fate, not only for space travel but also as a member of a society that he spent the whole movie cheating, Vincent sarcastically requests that the urine sample tester remembers him as “just as good as any of them.” Upon testing Vincent’s urine, the tester offers the above advice, “Right-handed guys don’t hold it with their left. Just saying.”

If I had to speculate on the take-away message from this scene, it would be something about how the kindness and compassion of human beings transcends societal expectation to ultimately do what is good and right for other human beings.

I do appreciate what they’re trying to do here: highlight the movie’s tagline “There’s no gene for the human spirit.” It’s obvious, especially after watching the movie, that the overtone for this slogan was meant to highlight our innate yearning for adventure, determination to succeed (however we define it), and overcoming any obstacle placed before us. A message which is reflected precisely by Vincent’s cheating of the flawed system to accomplish his dream of space travel.

A subtler take on this phrase can also refer to human spirit as humans’ capacity for compassion and morality even in the face of an oppressive, predestined society. Despite knowing all along that Vincent wasn’t who he said he was, the urine sample tester chose to turn a blind eye and let Vincent board the spacecraft.

Looking back on the movie, it would be difficult for me to plug this message in anywhere else. Neither Vincent nor Jerome could be used to highlight this significance as both of them were driven to help each other out of hope in accomplishing their personal agendas.

Despite their best intentions of making this scene thought provoking, or even just fleetingly humorous, I still hated this scene. As others have mentioned in class, it seems like another scene in which scenarios are overdramatized for the sake of cinema.


~ by lambertpaige on January 26, 2014.

One Response to ““Right-handed guys…””

  1. Like you, I also had an assortment of problems with this scene. Not only is what the urine tester says untrue, but it is also just too simple, and, for me at least, uninspiring.

    To speak on the ending if Gattaca as a whole, I found it truly troubling. Firstly, I just could not buy into the motivation for Vincent to go into space. If there was any at all that could be found in the film, it was that he wanted to go to see if he could, to explore. In more abstract terms, to me, the film seemed to be presenting Space as a sort of grace. And yet there is no reason for this that really resonates, no impetus that doesn’t seem superficial and solely serving the filmmakers agenda.

    In the end, I was sad for Vincent. For the way his story puts this search for grace in the sky, in something that really, I believe, has no answers. And on top of that, he leaves behind what I think is most important–love and life with others.

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