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2001

A Space Odyssey

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
2001
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When a monolith is found on the moon, astronauts equipped with a superintelligent computer attempt to find its origins.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, c2007
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 1419830589
9781419830587
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Tw
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 148 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nov 12, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the second time in my life I have seen this film. The first time I happened to fall asleep and woke up very, very confused. It's still confusing even when you stay awake the whole time but there isn't another film like this out there and you can see echoes of its influence in a lot of modern science fiction films today.

We open with the dawn of man, cut to colonized space, and then another space mission eighteen months later. There's little dialogue and no big names here save the director's.

It's quite a spectacle and is sure to leave you puzzling. For a film made in the late 60s its visual effects also have aged incredibly well.

Aug 23, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Almost no action, very little dialogue, no famous names, an amazing attempt to portray the reality of space, a subplot about artificial intelligence, and an ending that is still confusing people more than forty years later. A classic, but an odd one.

May 03, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Breathtaking and an awe inspiring space spectacle which presents the sci fi genre the way it was meant to be. Also thought provoking and brilliant in direction, 2001 was a landmark in cinema. This one should be seen.

Jul 05, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bar none the greatest sci-fi film ever made. The visuals and and music amaze the senses more and more every time I see it. What people need to understand is that no one should go into 2001 for the developed story or characters, but one should watch it purely for the great visuals and atmosphere. The scene with the space station and the Blue Danube is one of the best muscal moments in the history of cinema, I would recommend this to any fan of sci-fi and just movies in general.

Jun 19, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the Top 10 classic 'English' movies (my researched #7). A subtle, soothing, unique take on the sci-fi genre. This is the top sci-fi film, followed by "Star Wars IV" at #24. See my GerryD Lists for other classic movies.

Mar 03, 2013
  • autumnwindstudios rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To truly appreciate this film, watch the making of, then proceed with the movie. A visual masterpiece above and beyond, but has a difficult storyline to understand without outside reference. Still, it's an excellent movie that can still hold up today.

Feb 01, 2013
  • Seattlep rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have not seen this in over 8 years. Now it seems less impressive then back then. There was only about 20% of the film worth watching. And the plot, if any, was undetectable. I kept watching to the end for some type of meaning to the film, but found none. Liked the music - did not like the plot. It is sci-fi, so maybe no plot is intended?

Dec 17, 2012
  • rhvic rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Nice music, good cinematography, but utterly absurd and incomprehensible 'plot'.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"An epic drama of adventure and exploration." (- Theatrical release poster.) An amazing $10.5 million (in 1968!) masterpiece co-written by Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick (producer/director), made almost entirely in England, using both the studio facilities of MGM's subsidiary "MGM British" and those of Shepperton Studios. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, and received one for its pioneering visual effects. In 1991, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The ethereal musical score is haunting. The monkey costumes were cheezy (lol). I know, it was 1968... probably loaners from "Planet Of The Apes". Speaking of '68, I wouldn't be surprised if the fourth chapter: "Jupiter And Beyond The Infinite" had L.S.D. influenced audiences in mind... (e.g. "A Clockwork Orange"!) In closing, a really LONG dazzling piece of work with minimal dialogue that every sci-fi fan should experience.

Not a good film at all, and it's not Kubrick's fault, because the plot is forced to carry a symbolic coded meaning. It's not at all about space travel. It's about a stone block, which symbolizes a secret society, which is so monolythic and strong that it can't even be scratched. This stone block picks out the smartest hairy ape man, who then kills his opponent with a thighbone (meaning: "he who kills is superior.") Then the bone (man) flies up into space and becomes a spaceship, which has the shape of a male sex member in erection. This is also part of the coded message. The ship's computer, Hal kills off part of the staff as part of its program, which means the genetically coded natural aging program we all have (for now). The smart astronaut disables the computer's program, thereby overcoming the natural law of aging. This is the meaning of the film, which is in fact an age-old agenda of the ancient secret societies of men who want to become ageless, immortal gods using science. There is a sequel to this film: "2010 - The Year We Make Contact." In that one the symbolic meaning is that the two systems: the Russian and American are brought together, and a second Sun (enlightenment) appears in the sky. This is about the ancient agenda of the secret Wise Men's societies, who want to perfect the world that God has created. This is the real meaning of these films, but only insiders understand it. The plot is unnatural, as it is forced to carry the hidden meaning. Akirakato had not grasped this meaning of the movie, which is not a masterpiece at all, because he got too mesmerized by the Waltz. Kubrick's last film was "Eyes Wide Shut" about the secret societies abovementioned. Maybe Kubrick's death after that film wasn't an accident.

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Jun 23, 2014
  • Alcona_Lists rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 07, 2011
  • johnmarkeberhart rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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