2001: A Space Odyssey. A movie designed specifically to be analyzed and examined in detail, opposite of the matrix.
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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 evolutionary species: a starchild.

I'll admit the movie is hard to appreciate, but if you can appreciate it for what it is, it is probably one of the most beautiful composed films in cinematic history. I haven't read the books, but the movie is enough for me, it can convey 101 different messages without a word.

2001 has been my favorite film since I first saw it when I was about 14. It was the first time I watched a film and realized that there could be more to a movie than just the story on the screen. I watch it occasionally, but it is still fresh every time and still has the power to amaze. It continues to blow me away. The effects still bring a smile when I watch it now. My understanding of the film has also continued to grow and develop over the years. As has my understanding of HAL.

I think Kubrick/Clarke has said that if anyone has understood this film, they (Kubrick and Clarke) have failed. You are not supposed to understand the ending, especially not the first time. I think the point of this film is that your are supposed to think about it for a long time. I like to think that Kubrick and Clarke left the ending open for everyone to interpret their own opinion on upcoming events after David Bowman is reborn as the star child.
"2001" is the greatest film of all time.
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One of Dre's albums.
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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 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!
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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!
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The beginning of the new millennium and not on January 1, 2000 (contrary to popular belief, 2000 isn't in the 21st century considering how there's no year 0). It is mostly remembered for the September 11 attacks that took place in the United States during that year as well as the War on Terror (however, the attacks weren't even the biggest tragedy of the year. It was mainly the Gujarat earthquake in India as well as two earthquakes that also hit El Salvador that following year. All three tragedies that happened months before 9/11 did).
2001 may have been the year 9/11 and other disasters happened, but at least it was still one of the best years for entertainment. This was the year where big movies like Shrek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and so much more were released. At least entertainment was there to help us escape the cold reality of certain tragedies that were going on at that time.

Also I'm still surprised that the future of that year wasn't what it was like depicted in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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