2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 franchise)

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To infinity and beyond: a still from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 franchise)...

Summary

An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time. A sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, was made in 1984. Arthur C. Clarke wrote a total of four novels in the series (two of which were never filmed), in addition to a number of short stories which would be compiled and re-written as 2001....

Details

  • Release Date: 1968, 1984
  • Country/Language: US/UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery
  • Setting: Cthulhu Icarus
  • Runtime: 2 hr 29 min; 1 h4 56 min
  • Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester; Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick; Peter Hyams
  • Writer: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke and Peter Hyams (screenplays)
  • Producer/Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Stanley Kubrick Productions
  • View Trailer: (link), (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG (mild Violence, Profanity and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not particularly Lovecraftian, though there is some potential for crossover in the god-like sufficiently advanced First Born, their mysterious monolith technology, and their distant meddling in the evolution of mortals; Arthur C. Clarke does make use of a vaguely Lovecraftian element of mythology in the science fiction of these stories. The famous psychedelic trip "to infinity and beyond" near the end of the film could, perhaps, be compared to similar scenes in "Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)"....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Lovecraftian Science, (link) - "...While the appearance of the monoliths seemed to represent leaps or triggers in human evolution and intelligence, the appearance of Nyarlathotep seemed to represent the downfall of humanity...."
  • James Morison at Dynamic Lethargy Films, (link) - "...I don’t want to exaggerate the importance of the connections I found, but I think the [Lovecraftian] comparisons do help me to understand 2001...."


Synopsis

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2001 - An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time. 2010 - Brave explorers in a joint US/Russian mission are headed for Jupiter, where the astronauts will conduct their investigation, aiming to uncover what led to disaster for the deceased astronauts who preceded them. 2061 - In spite of the alien warnings from 2010, a hijacked spacecraft is crash-landed onto Planet Europa orbiting the star Lucifer (formerly Jupiter), where evolving aquatic life-forms are discovered, and the fate of humanity now hangs in a balance. 3001 - Frank Poole, an astronaut killed by the computer HAL in 2001, and HALman, a hybrid of HAL and Dave Bowman, sole survivor of the 2001 mission, awaken to find the human race, on the brink of extinction, awaiting the final judgement of the First Born monolith builders.


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