2001: A Space Odyssey
- 2h 23m
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Stanley Kubrick redefined the limits of filmmaking in his classic science fiction masterpiece, a contemplation on the nature of humanity, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stone Age Earth: In the presence of a mysterious black obelisk, pre-humans discover the use of tools--and weapons--violently taking first steps toward intelligence. 1999: On Earth's moon astronauts uncover another mysterious black obelisk. 2001: Between Earth and Jupiter, the spacecraft's intelligent computer makes a mistake that kills most of the human crew--then continues to kill to hide its error. Beyond Time: The sole survivor of the journey to Jupiter ascends to the next level of humanity.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: One of the most influential of all sci-fi films -- and one of the most controversial -- Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is a delicate, poetic meditation on the ingenuity -- and folly -- of mankind.
New York Daily News
A small sphere of intellectuals will feel that Kubrick has said something, simply because one expe...
June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 2001: A Space Odyssey is the 1969 classic Stanley Kubrick adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke novel. While many think it's one of the greatest films ever made and was the first of what would prove to be many big-budget Hollywood science fiction films, the film's slow build and heady subject matter make this best for inquisitive tweens and older. There is some violence, especially early on, when apes on the verge of evolving into humans learn how to defend themselves from predators and rivals while beginning to develop the tools needed to hunt and survive. The discordant music and hypnotic visual effects might also prove to be too intense for more sensitive viewers. Mild profanity includes "hell" and "damn." Families looking for more straightforward and easy-to-understand science fiction will be put off by the movie's lengthy scenes involving characters contending with weightlessness as classical music plays, as well as the jarring surrealism and the open-ended conclusion.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Action, Drama
- Release Date:April 2, 1968
- Audio Format:5.1
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