Book and Film Reviews

Book and Film Reviews (1)

Dr. David Paul Bennett analyses why GATTACA is such an important 'soft science fiction' film. This article is based upon a film review which originally appeared in the Melbourne publication Serendipity.

The genre of science fiction film can be divided into two categories; hard and soft science fiction. Hard science fiction films (such as the Alien movies) are usually set in the future and have a loose storyline which is incidental to the high-tech gadgetry and special effects which serve as the main novelty and the consequent attraction of the film. In contrast, soft science fiction films are more concerned with storyline and character development.