Most Boring Movie I've EVER Watched
I had a lot of trouble remembering this film from when I was a kid in 1982. I just bought it on DVD and sat with my wife, who had never seen it, and told her what a great movie we were about to watch.
Long story short, she went and did laundry 1/4 into this film and I had fallen asleep about 6 times. The scene with HAL was the only worthwhile part of the movie. Not only was I disapointed with the film, I was embarrased that I had spent a couple days talking this film up based on the little I remember and all the hype I've been bombarded with over the last couple decades. Let's face it, put aside the outstanding special effects for its time and the completely non-conveyed beatnik existential point, and you have THE WORST FILM EVER. Because those are the only reasons anyone is all goo-goo over this film.
Someone on the IMBD forum said there was no entertainment value in this film. And that was rebutted with "It doesn't have to entertain to be entertaining." Well neither does watching a ceiling fan spin. My 4-month old baby finds ceiling fans the most entertaining thing since her fingers and even she fell asleep watching this.
Watching a sequence of a man in his space pod suddenly appearing in a hotel room, then seeing himself out of the pod, then seeing himself eating at the dinner table as an old man, then seeing himself die in a deathbed... can be pretty profound. But literally taking 35 minutes of SILENT film to show this sequence is a good reason to get up and walk out of the theatre. Do you honestly think 40 minutes of psychedelic imagry is necessary to show the audience that he's going somewheres? Hell! Stargate sent people across the whole universe in what IS considered to be a very profound existential concept and they did it in just 20 seconds.
In short, they took what was a 1 hour movie tops and porked it to 2 1/2 hours with slow, boring imagry and pretty lights.
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2001:aA SPACE ODYSSEY
I bought this movie primarily so my kids could see it. I was horrified to find out that the employee in Blockbuster didn't even know what 2001 was. I couldn't imagine and world in which a person entrusted to help me with my videos was perplexed by a classic!!! Who can forget HAL? The claustrophobic feeling of trying to hide from the omnipresent , malevolent HAL, deep in space, cut off, silence so thick it covers every gleaming surface? This is a horror film with no gimmicks, no cheap thrills and no boogey man. A masterpiece that everyone should know about. And the opening is a classic that I was sure people in the jungles of Borneo knew about. When you get a great script and a great director, it's hard to screw up a film and 2001 proves that in every frame. If you haven't seen this film, you haven't really thought about what life would be like if your artificial intelligence-driven world were to take a left turn on you and start thinking for itself. It's even scarier today then it was when it came out, more powerful, more visceral and more contemporary. Not many films you can say that about, except maybe Dr. Strangelove. Oh yeah, I think I remember that director too!!
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Best Sci-Fi movie ever!
Saw the movie when it came out in the late '60.
Was floored by it's special effects and story line.
Had to read the book, which came out AFTER the movie,
in order to fully grasp what Clarke was driving at.
Before computer imageries, this one puts them all to shame.
Ever smart computer on board the space station is the star.
Hall 9000is its name.
The acting is besides the point.
The story is what matters.
Humanity reaches the moon, and the great mind that created
everything becomes aware that we are ready to reach the stars.
Hall 9000, the on board computer is the star.
The point is, we should not trust computers, as well as we
should not trust what we think we know is for real.
Best Sci-Fi ever, by hundred billion miles!
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2001: A Space Odyssey (DVD, 2001) Stanley Kubrick
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
A beautifully produced work of Science Fiction by Stanley Kubrick. This interesting adaptation of a storyline that grew out of the space race chronicles
a find on a futuristic Moon base of a monolith that seemingly was buried, on purpose, millions of years earlier. This was nothing that could have happened naturally, but something hidden until Earth man had developed technology sufficient enough to move out into space and explore his surroundings. All of this information is closely hidden from the world's population while a long distance manned space probe is readied for a trip to Jupiter, the destination of a strange signal sent by the uncovered monolith. The subsequent journey, almost totally controlled by an advanced computer system, the HAL9000, unfolds. There are mostly mundane duties for the astronauts who remained awake for the years long journey. All of the rest were in deep sleep hibernation. In this time a special relationship develops between those awake and HAL. But as the ship approaches Jupiter, and it's moons, some stark changes in HAL's personality begin to emerge. This relationship starts to unravel as HAL unexpectedly turns off the hibernation systems and kills all of the sleeping crew members. As HAL's paranoia deepens, it is obvious that something has gone seriously wrong and a battle of logic develops, with HAL being disabled by the remaining crew as a means of survival. The developing back story of the possible discovery of life, and the impact of that on human religious beliefs, are all in the background of this story. The premise of the birth of an ultimate being is one of the suggestions made. . . a bridge between Earth man and the Cosmic man. . . The open ended ending was prime for a sequel or series of sequels, and one followed, years later. This story was straight out of the space race, the Apollo moon missions, the proposed (at that time) Space Shuttle program, regularly scheduled PAN-AM moon shuttle flights to a fictitious space station in Earth's orbit, and on to a series of international Moon bases. This was a perfect example of Si-Fi imagination running wild. All of this was believable, and much of it could have happened. . .or still may happen! The model builders created many great cinematography firsts, and this film was a great success. The musical score was also excellent. A very enjoyable movie, but a movie that left most confused by the ending. I find it curiously interesting that all of this seemingly came on the heels of a popular TV series just several years prior that was gaining much new interest at the time. Of course, I'm referring to the Star Trec series.
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A Must See for every Sc-Fi Fan
I saw this movie when it was first shown in the local theater in 1968. Stanley Kubrick brought out the best in Arthur C. Clarke when they worked together to make this movie.
When it was released it so far advanced technologically that many people hated the movie. However true Sci-Fi fans loved it.
The way Clarke brought space to life in this movie was years ahead of it's time. You have to remember that in 1968 only a hand full of humans had ever even been in space, let alone established colonies or built ships large enough for anyone to live in.
2001 is one of the best space movies ever made and I highly recommend all Sci-Fi fans to add this one to their collection.
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