2001: A Space Odyssey

1968 • 148 minutes
4.5
3.27K reviews
92%
Tomatometer
G
Rating
Eligible
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About this movie

Stanley Kubrick redefined the limits of filmmaking in his classic science fiction masterpiece, a contemplation on the nature of humanity, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stone Age Earth: In the presence of a mysterious black obelisk, pre-humans discover the use of tools--and weapons--violently taking first steps toward intelligence. 1999: On Earth's moon astronauts uncover another mysterious black obelisk. 2001: Between Earth and Jupiter, the spacecraft's intelligent computer makes a mistake that kills most of the human crew--then continues to kill to hide its error. Beyond Time: The sole survivor of the journey to Jupiter ascends to the next level of humanity.
Rating
G
4.5
3.27K reviews
Bryan S (Guitar with Bryan)
July 18, 2018
I can't believe the poor reviews people are writing. Obviously the "dumb" generation is showing its colors. This movie is one of the best films ever made. It is intellectual, eye catching and a gripping story displaying not only the horrors of artificial intelligence but also the problem of the human condition. And yes you actually need to watch the film without checking Snapchat ever 2 minutes to understand. Kubrick was one of the greatest film directors for a reason as his films have depth and are intended to make you think.
Mike Morris
January 26, 2015
I saw this movie 4 times. The first time was in 68 but I was to young to understand it. Again as a young adult but did not get all. Now I can best describe this movie as mind candy and not the eye candy sci movies of today like star wars. Great movie until Dave shuts HAL down. My take is HAL ( the perfect computer) essentially develops a self inflicted virus after trying to deal with the fact that he must lie and defy the humans he has been programmed to serve to protect the mission.
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Benjamin Foster
January 8, 2018
This film contains many technical marvels at the expense of narrative. With how much it depended on the wealth of companies around the globe, it ended up becoming a showcase for many potential technologies of the future. Keeping that in mind it fell absolutely flat when it came to narrative. It was in fact an experience similar to those like Star Citizen that are made to wow the audience but lack real content with which the audience can actually engage. I still give it a 4 because it deserved that much for how much it bamboozled its audience into believing it actually contained some depth beyond what you can interpret.