Film Screening 28th October, 2004

Poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey 

8:00 PM, 28th October, 2004

  • G
  • 139 mins
  • 1968
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain

From the monumental score opening the film to what can only be described as a psychedelic conclusion, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a cinema classic.

This film attempts to answer all those deep philosophical questions: "Where do I come from?", "Is there other life out there?" and "Can we make machines think?". Human nature seeks unendingly to explain the unknown, and it is an unknown (and seemingly extraterrestrial) object that links Kubrick's interpretation of the beginning, middle and perhaps end of the human race in this film. But the human thirst for knowledge is also its undoing. When humans create a computer so powerful that it can think for itself, the supremacy of the human race is at risk. And when the computer becomes the epitome of evil, an evil such that we could only conceive it to be human, and pits this evil against the human race, a monumental struggle ensues - have humans made a computer so powerful that it can single-handedly extinguish human life?

You've heard it before, I know, but if you haven't seen this film, do. Not because you may or may not enjoy it, but because it is an education. An education in cinema and an education in the way you think about life.

Alex Ananian-Cooper