If you can sit still for two and a half hours and want your brain taken over by a film, this is a must-see.
"2001-A Space Odyssey" is a masterpiece of film making. Based on a short story by Arthur C. Clarke, the movie is at various times philosophical and literal, poetic and logical, possible and impossible. It used at the time cutting edge special effects that were not bettered until "Star Wars" came out, and has what is perhaps the most famous "jump cut" in cinema history.The story as seen on the screen is basically divided into 3 parts-The evolution of Man, Man's conquering of outer space, Man's next evolutionary step.
If you have the expectation of laser battles and exploding planets, this movie is not for you. However if you ask questions like "Why are we here?", "What is the point of life?" , then this film is for you.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY jumps millions of years in between its plot lines, which follow significant progress of human intelligence and evolution through the ages. Stanley Kubrick, one of the great directors in film history, spent five years in developing this film.
This film contains amazing visual effects for 1968. In some cases, not even today's films can top them.One more thing: the most scientifically accurate (if not, one of them) science-fiction film ever created.No computers were used for special effects.
After watching the movie, I guarantee you will be puzzled, so go onto Wikipedia and look up the article INTERPRETATIONS OF 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. That might help.
The movie opened with negative reviews,but many today consider it among the greatest science fiction films ever made, as well as one of the most influential.
"How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo ['Leonardo Da Vinci'] had written at the bottom of the canvas, 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover'? This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001 Space Odyssey" -------Stanley Kubrick
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