2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Movie Summary
A pair of astronauts heads to Jupiter to investigate a radio signal sent from a mysterious monolith on the moon, but their tranquil trip is endangered when their on-board computer begins acting oddly. The simple plot of director Stanley Kubrick's inspired space adventure (co-scripted with noted science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke) belies the profound philosophical implications of this classic film, which inspires viewers to ask questions about the nature of advanced civilizations . . . and of human consciousness. Nearly half a century after its release, the film's groundbreaking special effects are still breathtaking, and its ending still mind-bending.
2001: A Space Odyssey Film Synopsis
Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.
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A Profound, Groundbreaking and Beautiful MasterpieceTo understand the themes, beauty and provocative achievement of this movie, you have to consider when it was made - at a time when the first heart transplants and first moon landings were promising to rescue humankind from its various miseries, and even from death. Along come Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick to show us that in spite of all our technological achievements, we are still just children and prone to the same tragic hubris and self-destructive errors that have always been a part of our nature. The combination of imagery, music and slow, realistic depictions of action in space combine in ways they never had before this film, and have influenced every movie since. Kubrick shows us a future in which men are machines, and machines are very human, reflecting their creators. In the end, however, Kubrick presents an exhilarating and moving sequence showing in breathtaking fashion that the positive qualities of the human race, especially the will to seek knowledge, provide some hope that we may yet survive our worst mistakes and instincts and, with a little help, discover our ultimate fate and our true place in the vast universe..Score: 5/5
Oh Please!I've tried to watch this film many times, but it's so biring and such a snooze fest I can never make it to the end. The effects are ground-breaking foe sure, a true milestone for the tim, but it's such a uneventful film, I can’t recommend ou spend your time or money on it..Score: 1/5
NOW EVEN BETTER IN 4K HDI just discovered that my HD copy is now 4K HD and Dolby Vision and I have to say that for all who do like or love this movie, (a lot of haters who just Don’t get it) to see this movie on the latest iPads or 4K monitors will absolutely blow you away. The picture quality is the best I’ve Ever seen with this film. Looks like it was shot in 4K HD recently, not looking like shot in 1967-released 1968 film quality. If you don’t own this film, buy it, and what a incredible ahead of its time film to show off to someone, such amazing picture quality from an amazing film from 1968..Score: 5/5
A masterpiece of the golden age2001 A Space Odyssey is a masterpiece beyond brilliant filmmaking and sound design. The film looks gorgeous and well-written characters that have interactions and relationships with, though 2001 is the golden age of cinema because movies now in 2020 is straight to garbage Hollywood stupid and back then Hollywood didn't have the style or technology to make movies out of a green screen or CGI effects. Importanly 2001 used pratical visual effects which were common back then in the 60's and 70's but now visual effects are stupid slock or big. But never in a million years 2001 has been a cinematic exprience to explore. I get that people don't understand the concept or premise of this film but normanly films like (A Clockwork Orange, Under the Skin or Inception) people should understand because they have certian good directors who look through the script and make it look real and neat as possible. 2001 is the prime example of how visual effects are made and this film looks incredibly beautiful in scale, Space itself is mindbending and a odyssey to explore through what Stanley Kubrick tried to do is explain human emotions, evolution and mankind's fate. And Kubrick taught that structure of conecpt very well, the best part of the movie is the beginning sets the tone for the entire movie with that epic soundtrack is beyond fantastic and fits with this film. The cinematopgraphy is fantastic, beautiful and this movie has great locations, good opening for the dawn of man which was the best part of the movie because apes needed to learn and grow and think as a human and now living in a wasteful environment space is the quite place in the universe. The actors were great but i understood these characters as friends and workship partners expect the space shuttle has beautiful rooms and up side down locations which were distracting and annoying but it's space no one can hear you scream. If 2001 A Space Odyssey were released today i think people who hate the movie because it's hidden behind a green screen or it's to boring for them because that's what i got from the critics. The movie would be 3 hours long and have different set of characters that have no interactions or friendship going around it's because we live in a hateful culture were movies are rejected from critics, people and the news. But 2001: A Space Odyssey never fails at being a overlong masterpiece that has fantastic and beautiful locations and stunning visual effects, 2001 will never disappoint you because the music and visual effects, good storytelling, great characters are all over the place and that's what makes cinema so complex, confusing, entertaining, well written if there romance, action, thriller, drama, comedy, sci-fi or music you will still enjoy any movie beyond recozingation and beautiful mind sets for your opinions and don't say 2001 is a boring movie because you know what you were probaley looking down your phone anyway i highly recommed this film it's fantastic and visualy stunning at every level..Score: 5/5
MasterpieceThis film was before Star Wars actually this film might be better than Star Wars, this Hollywood film actually has space travel more correctly than other films, and the models of Star Wars are mediocre compared to the 55 foot model of the discovery and the centrifuge..Score: 5/5
Brilliant Movie Made for Another AgeIf you are from the MTV generation (or later), you are likley impatient and if so, may have trouble here. If you are used to shotgun edits and loud sountracks, you'll miss the soul of this picture. This movie is a slow burn, but with some patience and understanding, you will be well-rewarded..Score: 5/5
2001 A Space OdysseyThis is Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. In my opinion it's among the top 3 movies ever made! Fortunately I had the privilege to see it when it was released in the sixties.! It was released in 70 MM Super Cinnerama! (far superior to todays blue ray) It played several summers ago at The Arclight Theatre here in Hollywood in that glorious format and brought back all the emotional responses you get from this film when seen as Kubrick intended on that giant curved screen. Imagine that, you get an emotional response from a film that seem so cold on the surface. I have the laser disc box set and the Blue Ray versions and while the transfers are nice, you can't compare the experience to seeing it on the big screen. If you ever have an opportunity to see it in Super Cinnerama 70 MM, run, don't walk to the theatre! As many reviewers have stated this is a cerebral film experience and Star Wars fans needn't apply. There are no zoom noises in outer space, no shoot-um ups and space vehicles behave like space vehicles (not airplanes). Although I'd swear that earth to space station shuttle is performing a ballet! In all those years since this film premiered, I have yet to see a science film that even comes close! Even with no CGI Kubrick has out-done them all! For Apple...Can we have a Smilebox version in the correct aspect ratio as shown in "roadshow" theaters (ask your parents what that means) Thank you..Score: 5/5
More Than a Movie2001: Space Odyssey is part of our collective movie culture. So many references are made to this movie in the media, it should be required viewing for all. After making my 7 yr old son watch it, he now understands the references made to Space Odyssey which appear in so many of his favorite cartoons, TV shows, and commercials. A must see to have an understanding of how 2001: Space Odyssey has become part of our collective consciousness..Score: 5/5
Just beautiful! 😃The greatest SciFi film I've ever watched. HAL 9000 and Dave Bowman are my favorite characters hands down!.Score: 5/5
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Best scifiThis is the movie that got me interested in proper films. It's amazing some people say its boring and I guess that's fair enough but it was never meant to be an action flick. Just sit back watch it and enjoy the ride..Score: 5/5
"However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." - Stanley KubrickEven in the aftermath of sci-fi classics such as Metropolis, The Day The Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet, Kubrick wanted to make what he considered to be the first good science fiction film. If 'good' meant 'realistic', 2001 potentially qualified. Kubrick tackled the science of the space age, extraterrestrial life, human evolution and artificial intelligence in ways that were most original at that time. He even proposed the idea that God can be extraterrestrial. For its groundbreaking visualization, 2001 indeed demonstrates that the idea is what substantiates sci-fi. Kubrick wanted to make a good sci-fi film and instead he made the greatest..Score: 5/5
Bundle This MovieCould you please bundle this movie with 2010 A Space Odyssey, and Contact would be nice..Score: 5/5
Slow-paced but beautifulStanley Kubrick could have finished his career with just "Paths of Glory" and "2001", and he would still be on of the best directors ever. Before his films began to become more and more x-rated, Stanley K took us on a slow but still amazing trip into space. Killer computers, psychedelic star gates, and a prediction of iPads, all in one epic sitting that will never allow you to look at the universe the same again. While "Star Wars" will always be the king of science fantasy for me, 2001 is a deeply affecting and, despite a hardcore scientific viewpoint, powerfully spiritual..Score: 5/5
Greatest everThe best, most complete movie of all time..Score: 5/5
The biggest cinematic adventure ever.This space opera is among Kubrick's finest works. The use of music in this film (The Blue Danube, Also Sprach Zarathursta) is absolutely outsanding. The movie its self will take you through one of the greatest advenures in space and to the very limits of mans evolution. My favourite movie..Score: 5/5
This movie is great!It starts a little slow, maybe confusing. Just keep watching and you will understand. Watch this whole movie! The movie is perhaps not explained well as the book, but the general meaning is there. In fact, because the movie leaves out some explanations, it makes you want to talk to other people to find out what happened. What could be better is watch the movie, then read the book, then watch the movie again! I think Kubrick did a great job and I think you will find so as well!.Score: 5/5
Downgraded from 4K!Well this is disappointing, I bought this for the magnificent 4K restoration and it's gone back to HD..Score: 1/5
Hal 9000I just thought the end of the movie was a bit weird I didn't understand it. Other Them that I liked this movie!!!!.Score: 5/5
Boring movie but some nice images and musicThe movie story is boring. there is not much action in the movie. there are nice pictures and music but otherwise it is boring to watch. might be good to see once but i dont agree with those who call this a masterpiece and such a good movie. right at the start we see some monkeys admiring a rock and we dont know what it means and then a bit later in the movie theres a guy talking with a computer and there is really not much action at all. i did not like this movie very much and i give one star since it has a much too high rating..Score: 1/5
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