2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Dir. Stanley Kubrick

Posted: December 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

2001: A Space Odyssey is a very unique movie. While other movies are all about focussing and building character development, this is more about symbolism and foreshadowing society. It is my opinion that after watching this film, different audiences would get different ideas. This movie was created during the time of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union on who would be the first to land on the moon. Back in the days, when access to technology was minimised, the realm of space was just a mere imagination.  Stanley Kubrick, however, imagined quite an accurate representation of space we know today. After viewing this movie several times, the only conclusion i was able to draw was that the movie is very long and boring. But after deep analysis, i realised that there are many hidden symbolisms depicting how the human evolution could have progressed even more than how it is today.

The first scene is the most symbolic scene that foreshadows society today. It starts of with apes living with peace and harmony until the discovery of weapons. They start to fight for food and resources and see who can benefit from who, much like how the world is revolving today. Another part of this movie about technology conquering mankind and the appearance of A.I (Artificial Intelligence). We have evolved today by using basic tools such as rocks and sticks back at times of cavemen. Now with the influence of technology, it had open many doors to new great opportunities for the world such as space travel.  The most notable technology in the film is the computer named HAL. It was built by human beings and they claim it to be the best and most stable computer that will never fail. This is the best example of technology that failed in the movie. In the end, Dave fights back and disconnects Hal.

In several parts of the movie, the the monolith randomly appears. It is believed that it is a sign from god which tries to re-direct how we should live like those innocent apes that appeared in the beginning of the film. In the last scene of this film when Dave appears in the bedroom, there are several cuts that show Dave young and to an old man. This may symbolise the circle of life for humans, you are born, you live, and you die.

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