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2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968

2001: A Space Odyssey
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick
Language:  English, Russian
Country:  UK, USA
Runtime:  141 min
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The mood of 2001: A Space Odyssey is mind bending, thought provoking, and contemplative. The plot centers around A.I., space travel, and a future dystopia. It is a sci-fi and adventure movie. Stylistically, 2001: A Space Odyssey is episodic, is epic, and is surreal. In approach, it is serious. The pacing is slow. 2001: A Space Odyssey takes place, at least partly, on a spacecraft. Visually, it involves special effects. The musical score is classical. 2001: A Space Odyssey is derived from a short story. The movie is known for being original, a cult favorite, and a classic. Note that it includes mild violent content.

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A four-million-year-old black monolith is discovered on the moon, and the government (while hiding the... more


Language: English, Russian
Country: UK, USA
Release date: 15 May 1968
Runtime: 141 min
Awards: Academy Awards


Stanley Kubrick for Best Special Visual Effects at the 1968 Academy Awards

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Keir Dullea Keir Dullea As Dr. Dave Bowman
William Sylvester William Sylvester As Dr. Heywood R. Floyd
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Beloved for many different reasons, including its scrupulous scientific accuracy, its vast reach from "The Dawn of Man" to the next stage of human evolution, its unrivaled integration of musical and visual composition, its daring paucity of dialogue...
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29.March.2015 |  by: Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson rated this title
This was a piece...
....of art in my opinion. This was so ahead of 20th century. I'm a photographer so cinematography on this film blow me away. I like wide shots, it gives a person a perspective where is it, and how he should feel while watching that scene. Special...
11.February.2015 |  by: LenaBach
LenaBach rated this title
This is somewhat of a review of "2001: A Space Odessey" as my previous post was just a random comment of what I thought, but wasn't an actual review. "2001" has AMAZING cinematography that are still astounding to this day (and probably for many...
07.September.2014 |  by: PsychoTalkingHead
PsychoTalkingHead rated this title
The cinematography deserves a 10-out-of-5 and then some. The movies starts off slow, but gets better as it goes on. The film should of ended after *SPOILERS* Dave disconnects HAL, or maybe even a minute afterword during Dave's hyper-speed travel...
07.September.2014 |  by: PsychoTalkingHead
PsychoTalkingHead rated this title
Best film ever
27.January.2014 |  by: e-gorge
e-gorge rated this title
Stanley Kubrick's gaze toward the future might not be consistent with reality, but the icy perfection and dazzling technique is still impressive in a movie whose main villain may rather be relevant in 2111 than in 2001.
09.November.2013 |  by: Peter Fernold
Peter Fernold rated this title
A lousy prediction of the future....
....but then most films set in the future usually are. We're still not living in revolving space stations. The real problem is the pyschedlic meaningfulness forced onto a dull story. Spare us embryos, apes and God, This film needs a monster.
18.November.2012 |  by: Dr.acula
Dr.acula rated this title
Gets good at the end
During the first half of this movie I would have definitely given it a 2, there are to many drawn out scenes of spaceships landing of floating through space, but after about the first forty minutes the movie gets interesting. The parts with Hal are...
04.April.2012 |  by: Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith rated this title
Way ahead of its time
I'm 19, I watched it for the first time last year and I thought the special effects looked pretty damn good. It was one of those movies that made you think. The pacing was a little slow for my taste, but the dialogue was, well... classic Kubrick,...
09.July.2011 |  by: ryrhodes
ryrhodes rated this title
Unless you're looking for a non-habit forming alternative to Ambien, "2001" has complete outlived its usefulness. This is the slowest, most boring work ever put to film (this coming from a fan of foreign films!). The only good thing is that I...
12.November.2010 |  by: hoos30
hoos30 rated this title
Maybe this movie's not really for Clarke fans
I know I should appreciate this movie. A famous director, scientific accuracy, and most importantly the involvement of Arthur C. Clarke. But I don't. After I watched it I googled the movie to find out a bit more about its history, and I'm even...
05.November.2010 |  by: artpennant
artpennant rated this title
This film is Pure Cinema, in that it relies almost entirely on pictures -- not words. It is slow and hypnotic, kind of mesmerizing you into a sense of awe and wonder at the universe. The film leaves room for plenty of interpretation and discussion,...
23.July.2010 |  by: Alex
Alex rated this title
A crutch for the doubters of evolutions inherent motor
I respect it for what it is, it's incredibly beautiful and the souldtrack is wonderfull. It certainly is a hallmark for sci-fi movies and challenged and keeps challenging what science fiction should be and which audiences it could reach. But for...
04.April.2010 |  by: Borderwalker
Borderwalker rated this title
The nature of this movie is such that you either love it or hate it. So, it'll be easier if i just explain my thoughts on the movie. First i'll say that when I saw this movie for the first time I thought it was boring and I did not like it (I was...
17.April.2009 |  by: Mark Hauck
Mark Hauck rated this title
Not just an incredible sci-fi film but a true masterpiece film of any genre. So far ahead of its time it still holds up over 40 years later. A thought provoking look at the evolution of man that raises more mystery and questions about the unknown...
02.April.2009 |  by: justinthorn
justinthorn rated this title
While 2001 represents the definition of pretentious film-making, it also helped legitimize science fiction as a film genre, so I can't grade it too harshly. Thankfully, Star Wars came along 9 years later to also make the genre fun, because 2001...
21.March.2009 |  by: coolerking
coolerking rated this title
It's as good as or perhaps even better than you've heard, but it's not for stupid people. So, there ya go.
20.March.2009 |  by: sethdellinger
sethdellinger rated this title
A true piece of art
I won't be able to explain exectly what I liked so much about this film. it's very slow, too enegmatic and i'm not even a Sci-Fi fan. and yet, the artistic, hypnotic atmosphere totally captured me, and I found myself thinking about it for a long...
18.October.2008 |  by: Anita.Hoffman
Anita.Hoffman rated this title
didn't like it
I know it's a classic, I know it's considered one of the greatest Sci Fi movies of all time but but I just found it slow and even boring. Sure, the visuals are amazing but that's not enough for me. Maybe it was too complicated for me to understand...
09.August.2008 |  by: fletcher.munson
fletcher.munson rated this title
Sci-Fi old school
Definitely on my A list of Sci-Fi movies. It’s a classic.
17.July.2008 |  by: Andy
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