Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest science fiction
movies ever made, 2001:
A Space Odyssey (1968) may be a bit plodding at
148 minutes, but it set new standards in the genre with its
revolutionary set designs, special effects, thematic complexity and
haunting sense of realism.
by director Stanley Kubrick and world-renowned sci fi author Arthur C.
Clarke, the story begins in caveman times when a mysterious black
monolith apparently bestows upon man the intelligence to fashion
weapons. In a classic cut, a tossed bone tumbling through the air
dissolves into a spinning satellite in orbit over Earth. The year is
now 2001, and a similar monolith has just been found buried on the
emitting a signal that is traced to the planet Jupiter.
On a mission to Jupiter to unravel the enigma, all but
one member of the five-man crew is killed by insecure, mutinous
computer HAL 9000, or just plain Hal to his pals. The surviving
astronaut, Dr. David Bowman (Keir Dullea) finally manages to disable
haywire Hal and complete the mission with a transforming discovery that
may have repercussions for all mankind.
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