SBS 2, Monday, 8.30pm, (1997)
Ethan Hawke ( left) is the protagonist of New Zealandborn Andrew Niccol’s vastly accomplished feature debut – a provocative and challenging crystal- ball gaze into a future dictated by biological perfection. Hawke is supported by a career- best turn from Jude Law and an uncharacteristically unsexy Uma Thurman who redefines the term “understated”. Shot on Super 35mm, cinematographer Slavomir Idziak frames the meticulously crafted set design with an other- worldly palette of colours and shadows. Niccol’s bold vision of a cold, sterile civilisation reaches poetic heights.