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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest science fiction film of all time Dec 23 2009
Once upon a time, when the year 2001 seemed aeons away, director Stanley Kubruck (Dr. Strangelove) contacted author Arthur C. Clarke (Childhood's End) to discuss making "the proverbial good science fiction movie". Both were sick of films that passed for science fiction, but were actually monster movies set in space, or were fiction films with the science replaced by fantasy.

The result was 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film, and a companion book of the same name which is actually a completely different animal. The film -- striking, innovative, visually engrossing, ambiguous, and scientifically solid -- is as good today as it was in 1968, even if many of the "predictions" of the film have failed to come to pass. (Perhaps if the shuttle didn't explode in '86, we'd be closer to having moon bases today?)

Separated into four chapters (The Dawn Of Man, TMA-1, Jupiter Mission (and an intermission with music), and finally Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite), 2001 has no dialogue at all for the entire first quarter of the film. Beginning with a blank screen and "Atmospheres" by Ligeti, this is a film paradoxically anchored by both music and silence. The screen changes to the Earth rising over the moon, and the sun rising over the Earth (an important clue and recurring symbol) accompanied by "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". We are then introduced to a tribe of pre-human apes (Australopithecus, perhaps), starving and on the verge of extinction. Other tribes are stronger and out-competing them. There is no dialogue here but the barking of the apes, yet that and the scenery speak volumes. Suddenly one morning, the game has changed: A mysterious black monolith has appeared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the movie that set the standard in sci fi July 18 2004
By abe
Format:VHS Tape
in 68,this movie was the best sci fi film ever.in it there is this force referred to as the monolith.it shows up at different points in time.finaly,a space crew goes to check it out.it is too intellectual for children.stanley kubrik directs so you know-since hes the greatest directer ever and all-that this movie is a classic!it is better than the sequel.thinkers will like it.in 68 there wasnt a computer paranoia like today.in this film,kubrik explores what would happen if the computer decided to just take the hell over.an idea not toyed with for years to come.he was a visionary.the music in it is very good too.for you wrestling fans,ric flairs theme song begins it.an abselute must for sci fi fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Ape to Man to Srarchild Nov. 17 2010
This 1968 science fiction will always be a classic. It is a story starting 4 million years ago, lasting to infinity. No movie on earth has had that length of time.

But does time matter?

With extraterrestrial help, apes learned how to use tools. Having made his great leap (it was so vividly and beautifully illustrated in the movie ' the leap from the animal bone to spaceship! Visually stunning!), man has relied on technology. We made computers intelligent enough to think for us; and emotional enough to fee for us; so that there isn't much left for us to do but to eat warm-up food while watching TV; get tanned in artificial sun while hearing our parents video message wishing us 'happy birthday'; being bored and boring; lying down in a coffin like container virtually 'dead' in order to get around' It seems at the end of evolution, tools(computers) don't need us anymore to fulfill a mission.

Yet, in space, we still need to breathe ' there was a three minute space walk in the movie when we don't see much going on but hear heavy breathing from David's space suit. This almost upset me as the breathing becomes heavier and heavier (maybe not really. It's just that I became less and less patient without much happening there and being left, as an audience, to feel that in the ultimate space, man is so fragile.)

Stanley Kubrick shows us the master of earth is only a child in the space. We see spaceship attendants walk slowly and mechanically like a child learning how to walk; we eat baby liquid food; we need retraining to use zero gravity toilet'

And we almost lose control of our tool ' Hal 9000 the super computer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive feat regardless of personal philosophy Aug. 15 2007
2001: A Space Odyssey Very few films deal with humanity in an abstract
verb very well, often despite trying to give a universal message about
humans they end up giving a message about individuals. This is
perfectly fine, and many of the truly great films deal with people this
way, it is natural because we relate more deeply with individuals.
However, Stanley Kubrick's crowning achievement is one of the
best-regarded films at showing humans not in an individual sense, but
rather as a species.

The film basically comes down to the core philosophy of evolution,
about our need as a species to keep going, despite where we get
ourselves. A short cut scene at the beginning of the film shows us as
apes, wherein a black monolith (possible God allegory) reveals itself
to us as we first begin to comprehend tools as hunting mechanisms. We
proceed to separate ourselves from the apes that don't comprehend tools
through harassing them and ultimately separate ourselves as unique. We
then jump many years later to a theoretical 2001, wherein people have
become lazy; they lack emotion and have mechanical usages for almost
any regular job. What's implied is that we have evolved to a point of
slothfulness due to a lack of this theoretical God. Most of the
conventional story isn't the point; it is put in largely to begin the
plot where the truly insightful message on human beings is revealed. An
alien signal is picked up and a crew with a computer (Hal 9000) is sent
to investigate. What is shown is that Hal 9000 is more human then the
human beings, a creature stuck in a world void of life in a
metaphysical sense.
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Published 3 months ago by James Bunyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by darrell feit
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Everyone needs to see this movie and read the books. It's slow moving but there's so much subtle story lines and details it's superb!
Published 8 months ago by Tom Turvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Manned soace flight
There is a little more to this movie than meets the eye in that it control systems take over in a very sneaky way and what the consequences are when man and machine are pitted... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Clarence Huibers
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I really enjoyed this movie. The special effects were really ahead of their times. I remember seeing it at the theatre when it came out. It really left quite an empression on me.
Published 21 months ago by Errol P Jodrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey for Sure
The added material on disk two is very informative. There is not much else to say about the movie as it is a remake or reformat of the original. Read more
Published on June 23 2012 by Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but Great
The first time I watched this movie, I was a little bit tired and I fell asleep 20 minutes in, concluding that it was the most boring movie I had ever seen. Read more
Published on June 10 2012 by Jimbo Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Long, dated and visually disappointing
I saw the original 2001 in the theatre, and my mind was blown. I have seen it, either on TV, VHS, or DVD, several times since, though not in the last 8-10 years. Read more
Published on March 14 2010 by B. Breslin
4.0 out of 5 stars Look at the far future with optimism.
Look at the far future with optimism.

This review contains possibly a spoiler. I explain what happens at the end of the film. Read more
Published on July 17 2006 by Jan Dierckx
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't quite get it, but I think I'm dense
I didn't really enjoy most of this movie very much, excluding the part with HAL which was all that really made the movie worthwhile for me. Read more
Published on April 12 2006 by R McLeod
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