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2001: A Space Odyssey

16 September 2013

2001: A Space Odyssey


Stanley Kubrick is director unlike any other. Like Welles and Hitchcock they have a unique style which simply spells out the word ‘genius’. This is a movie that is more terrifying and thought-provoking than any other I’ve seen. This is a master at his prime as we see an overwhelming look at the cycle and quite possibly the ‘meaning’ of life. The film introduces perhaps the greatest nemesis in cinematic history and that is of course the cold and calculating H.A.L. 9000 (or ‘Hal’ as he likes to be called). It’s a spine-tingling look at how wonderfully simple life used to be and how our efforts to utilise technology will not always lead us to the answers we were hoping for. “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a sci-fi movie with a poetic feel to it and at no point does it ever feel dated. Very few revolutionary films also perfect what they’re doing but this does and it does something that no other film has made me do and that is to question the need for other films; it’s an intriguing enigma of a movie that once it grabs hold of you it’ll only leave you when you die.