2001 is a film quite unlike any other to date. It's difficult to put in a box - you could call is sci-fi, but it breaks many sci-fi conventions. It breaks many conventions of any genre - for the first time, Kubrick was a law unto himself.
My take on the whole "mystery" aspect of the film is that it's meant as an *experience*, more than a fictional narrative. This isn't a movie about good vs. evil or the perils of technology (although it contains these elements). This is a film that causes the viewer to experience a feeling of wonder, awe and yearning.
Kubrick made a comment about it being a "religious" movie. In many ways it is.
From the time it was released some people have called it boring or emotionally detached, but I dissagree. Over time the film has acquired a status of "legendary", and has penetrated pop culture in ways no other work has done. In spite of it being a subjective experience, it's had a profound effect on those who have seen it.
Far from being unemotional, I found the closing scene of 2001 to be the most touching expression of human optimism ever put to celuloid.
Sci-fi geek: 2001 sucks man, where are the exploding spaceships and wierd looking aliens?
Me: Wow.. I'm so past all the crap I watched as a kid. 2001 rules!
2001: A Space Odyssey. A movie designed specifically to be analyzed and examined in detail, opposite of the matrix
All I have to say is HAL is a scarier character than any gay fucking Freddy Kruegar.
Holy shit, HAL used that pod to throw that dude into deep space. What a badass motherfucker!
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The greatest film ever made. 2001: A Space Odyssey is, as anyone will tell you, open to interpretation. In my opinion, "2001" approaches the theory of evolution. We begin at The Dawn of Man sequence. We see that our ape-man ancestors are driven by curiosity. At this point, man is weak and stupid, but he is also adaptable and energetic. A monolith appears and as the film progresses, we see how the apes learn how to use a primitive bone as a tool, hence the evolution of technology, and the apes eventually evolve into man. As one of the apes throws the bone into the air, a jump cut ensues, bringing us to the film's present time. Another monolith is discovered which descends from Jupiter, and it's on the moon.
At the beginning of the "Jupiter Mission" sequence, astronauts David Bowman and Frank Poole, along with three scientists, who are in hibernation, set off for Jupiter on a spaceship named Discovery One, controlled by HAL 9000, a new, revolutionary computer system. The Discovery One is being sent to Jupiter - namely to find out what the monolith's transmission means, and where it goes. When HAL endangers the crew's lives and begins to malfunction, it's up to Dave to disconnect the computer, in order to save his life, then set forth to the home of the new monolith. We then enter the "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite" sequence, as he is then sent into another dimension, where we see that his human body is laid to rest and he is reborn as a new member of the next evolutiona...
The start of the 21st century and the 3rd millenium. Despite people celebrating it in 2000, the new millenium was actually started in 2001.
3...2...1...HAPPY 2000! New millenium!
You're still in the 20th century and the 3rd millenium!
3...2...1...HAPPY 2001! Just another year!
YOU'RE NOT CELEBRATING THE NEW MILLENIUM AND THE 21ST CENTURY?
When I waz 13, and entered highschool, It sucked, one of the worst years ever ever ever. September 11, Mobile Phones, Newgrounds, Hip Hop, Emienem, Gorillaz, Pot, DVDs, Dragon Ball Z
ME: I hated 2001
Everyone else: we were too busy getting high to notice anyone hating it