2001

2001

A Space Odyssey

DVD - 2007
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A space voyage to Jupiter erupts in disaster when the ship's computer goes mad. Includes commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, documentary - 2001: The Making Of A Myth, 4 featurettes, audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick, and trailer.

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Calvacade
Jul 31, 2017

Although many will find it more than difficult to interpret upon first viewing, it cannot be denied how much of a visionary tale it was for a 1960s film. 2001: A Space Odyssey revels in its audacious score, groundbreaking imagery and a notorious allegory that's ambiguous to the audience even to this present-day.

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donkeyhote
Jul 30, 2017

Not so visionary, this tale - I know of a theatrical work about the past and future of Mankind, which was published 156 years ago; it says this: "The secrets of living organisms are close to being discovered; to live we let what is of use to us, but not in such an imperfect a state as Bungler Nature has created it." This is an old plan of secret societies: to take to pieces Nature and rearrange it in "perfected" ways. This is about genetic modification of the human race too. Now, in THIS bizarre movie the meaning of the story is totally different from what the unsuspecting public believes. Because symbolism is used to convey but hide the meaning from the non-insiders. And because of this extreme use of symbolism the movie is awkward, almost boring and seemingly not clear. One of the commentators down here says this movie is so good... and I can tell you I have doubts about the sincerity or the sanity of mind of that guy, or his motives are hidden. Clarke belonged to esoteric occult orders and his message with this story/movie is this (- notice that the shape of the spacecraft is like a penis in erection, and the astronaut who outsmarts the programming of the ship is "ejected" from it - this is a clue that the message is of genetic order, not space travel). OK, so the message is that using science man can outsmart our original genetic programming of aging and become ageless like gods, at least some select ones. Hal, the ship's computer program represents our genetic programming, which ages us and makes us die, and the astronaut is the scientifically smart person who changes that programming. This is the only meaning of this movie, which pushes symbolism so much that it distorts its movie character. The esoteric secret order Clarke belonged to is the black stone monolith, which keeps its secrets from the dumb "Muggle" public. Yes, "Muggle," because the Harry Potter story also is about the secret "Wizard" order, and in the last episode of it Harry says: "The last enemy to conquer is death." This is the same thing as the only single meaning of this movie here. In 2003 it was said on Canadian French Radio in the "Years of Light" scientific program that the Bush Commission Report contains plans to genetically improve the human race, and the second point is to "Create an ageless body." Not for the common "Muggle crowd" though, whose perfection aims at increasing individual performance and create a humanoid worker breed, peaceful, selfless, obedient. OK, so this movie is not a good one at all, but in the context I shed light here on, you can watch it and translate in your mind the visible surface of the movie into its real symbolic meaning. There is a sequel to this story, another movie too, titled: "2010 - The Year We Make Contact" but it has been taken out of collection. I saw it a few years ago. And in it they speak about the solid black monolith (the secret esoteric orders, Wizards), which barbecues those who want to peep into its secrets. And it speaks of the planned, coming new age (the Age of Light), symbolized by the appearance of a second Sun in the sky. For me these forced double-speak stories and movies are a bit sickening, why they push them on an unsuspecting public, who don't understand the real meaning. The popular Quebec singer Desjardins in his song "We'll Have" also tells that they will have "stocks of Years of Light." Now, connect the dots. Bush Sr. said in 1990: "a new world is coming into view and a thousand points of light work for it." In a library book I read about an attempt to "ignite" the Saturn, to create that "second Sun" by shooting a rocket with 26 atomic bombs in its head into Saturn, but the attempt failed.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jul 12, 2017

The point of 2001 is not its drama but its philosophical experience and the monumental questions of historical discourse it evokes.

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BeethovenJr
Jun 06, 2017

Very boring. They did a terrible job of editing the movie in terms of cutting out unnecessary scenes. The scenes with Hal and Dave were very well done, but the whole movie could've been about an hour, in my opinion.

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TheeAvebury
Mar 20, 2017

This is the quintessential sci-fi film, Kubrick's masterpiece, and still amazingly fresh and vibrant (even the special effects) 40+ years after it was filmed. The expression of extraterrestrial intelligence as a black monolith (instead of humanoid creatures) was ingenious; and the juxtaposition of the monolith with human development is also ingenious and groundbreaking for its time. Especially poignant are the early scenes with proto-humans and the monolith, with the clear interpretation that the evolution of human intelligence derived from the extraterrestrial monolith...placed here by God or by some other highly intelligent life form. I've seen this film many times and the visual experience is always fresh...in fact this film is primarily a visual experience accompanied by music - the classics "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and "The Blue Danube" - which set the perfect mood for the visuals.

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Hypatya
Mar 07, 2017

This review has spoilers.
2001SO has many captivating scenes, specially the ones with classical music, that are phenomenal and highly enjoyable. The opening score is just brilliant. For some scenes the sound is just irritating noise seemingly coming from a crazy bunch of people vocalising. LOVED the costume design, specially for the lady passenger and the space attendant, seems like those costumes were designed yesterday for some avant-garde art exhibit! I do appreciate the futuristic art and enjoy comparing it to reality. Hal's voice is very creepy and I can totally see AI developing this way because humans can behave like Hal in the real world and it seems like a natural consequence that the creation imitates its creator.
Some parts of the movie are exceedingly slow and put me to sporadic sleep. I completely failed to figure out what was the meaning of the black slab and the fetus at the end; I guess I have to research that in some dark forum.

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zawminkhant
Feb 13, 2017

Spends too much time on scenes. Mind boggling work of art.

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Davidf05
Jan 03, 2017

Boring that is All I have to say about 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Gizmo_Joe
Oct 09, 2016

Get this - According to a certain "snob-of-cinema" (aka. donkeyhote) "Nobody grasps the message of this movie" - (Except her, of course). Yeah. She's the only one who grasps it. (natch)... Oh? Really, dear??... Ha! That is so ridiculous that all one can do is laugh at such an arrogant, self-loving opinion as that.

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leomcardle
Aug 29, 2016

This movie is without a doubt Stanley Kubrick's best movie, and is also one of the best movies of all time. The most beautiful thing about it (besides the gorgous camerawork and set design,) is that you can watch it as a beautiful work of art, or simply as one of the most entertaining science fiction movies of all time!

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Alcona_Lists Jun 23, 2014

Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

Dave Bowman: Hello HAL. Do you read me HAL? HAL: Affirmative, Dave... I read you. Dave: Open the pod bay doors HAL. HAL: I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. Dave: What's the problem? HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. Dave: What are you talking about HAL? HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it. Dave: I don't know what you're talking about HAL. HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen. Dave: Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL? HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move. Dave: Alright HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock. HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult. Dave: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors! HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

HAL: "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do."

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

Dave: Hello, HAL. Do you read me HAL? HAL: Affirmative Dave... I read you. Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL. HAL: I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. Dave: What's the problem? HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. Dave: What are you talking about HAL? HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it. Dave: I don't know what you're talking about HAL. HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen. Dave: Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL? HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move. Dave: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock. HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult. Dave: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors! HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

HAL: "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use... which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do."

johnmarkeberhart Apr 07, 2011

"My mind is going ... I can feel it."

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DavidB
Feb 06, 2009

Dave? ... What are you doing Dave?

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codylink
Oct 26, 2009

Can I rate it less that 1/2 of a star?

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jabey
Jun 27, 2008

Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.

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AMerr22
Nov 11, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some scenes of peril

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