History Film / TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey

22nd Jul '17 7:13:43 PM SuddenFrost
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* MinimalistCast: If you don't count the apes in the prologue, there are only a handful of characters. Dr. Lloyd and his team in the Moon sequence; Dave, Frank, HAL and the briefly appearing MissionControl in the rest of the film.
* MisplacedWildlife: The tapirs in the first part of the film. In the novel they were warthogs, but Kubrick couldn't find any place in England that could rent him warthogs on short notice.

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* MinimalistCast: If you don't count the apes in the prologue, there are only a handful of characters. characters -- Dr. Lloyd Floyd and his team in the Moon sequence; sequence, and Dave, Frank, HAL and the briefly appearing MissionControl in the rest of the film.
* MisplacedWildlife: The tapirs in the first part of the film. film, which aren't native to Africa. In the novel they were warthogs, but Kubrick couldn't find any place anyone in England that who could rent him warthogs on short notice.
14th Jul '17 11:18:15 AM JulianLapostat
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* OffscreenRealityWarp: This provides much of the MindScrew in the hotel room scene at the end of the movie. Bowman is in the pod, then he sees a slightly older version of himself in his spacesuit outside the pod, then the pod disappears. From the bathroom, he sees an older version of himself having dinner, then when the middle-aged Bowman gets up to look in the bathroom, the spacesuited Bowman has disappeared. The middle-aged Bowman sees an even older version of himself in the bed, then he and the dining table have been replaced by the Monolith....

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* OffscreenRealityWarp: This provides much of the MindScrew in the hotel room scene at the end of the movie. Bowman is in the pod, then he sees a slightly older version of himself in his spacesuit outside the pod, then the pod disappears. From the bathroom, he sees an older version of himself having dinner, then when the middle-aged Bowman gets up to look in the bathroom, the spacesuited Bowman has disappeared. The middle-aged Bowman sees an even older version of himself in the bed, then he and the dining table have been replaced by the Monolith....Monolith. It conveys the effect of time dilation well, as if Bowman's entire life in that hotel existed simultaneously in one space.



* {{Zeerust}}: HAL is a mind-bogglingly advanced, sentient computer, but can't print plain text onto looseleaf paper. Humanity in 2001 can build spectacular space-stations and has mastered interplanetary flight, but people are still using typewriters.[[note]]Some people still do; manual ones don't require electricity and can be taken anywhere.[[/note]]
** By 2001, the movie looks more like what the world would have been like with 1960s styles coinciding with a future space age.

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* {{Zeerust}}: HAL is a mind-bogglingly advanced, sentient computer, but can't print plain text onto looseleaf paper. Humanity in 2001 can build spectacular space-stations and has mastered interplanetary flight, but people are still using typewriters.[[note]]Some people still do; manual ones don't require electricity and can be taken anywhere.[[/note]]
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[[/note]] By 2001, the movie looks more like what the world would have been like with 1960s styles coinciding with a future space age.age.
10th Jul '17 4:57:58 PM SuddenFrost
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** ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', of course. HAL was even originally going to be named Athena, after Odysseus's patron goddess. See SoleSurvivor.

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** ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', of course. HAL was even originally going to be named Athena, after Odysseus's patron goddess. See goddess, and the protagonist being named ''Bowman'' may be a reference to Odysseus owning a bow only he was strong enough to string. Also see SoleSurvivor.
2nd Jul '17 5:16:48 PM Lyendith
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* MinimalistCast: If you don't count the apes in the prologue, there are only a handful of characters. Dr. Lloyd and his team in the Moon sequence; Dave, Frank, HAL and the briefly appearing MissionControl in the rest of the film.
20th Jun '17 12:53:28 AM CaptEquinox
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** Creator/HarlanEllison in his contemporary review thought it was possible the ''aliens'' had sabotaged HAL in order to kidnap Dullea and learn all about humanity from studying his mind.






** Harlan Ellison's review calls HAL's mannerisms "faintly high CampGay".



** Ironically, its status as an enormous mind screw helped it grow in popularity with the counterculture at the time after a large number of regular moviegoers had been driven away by the incomprehensibility of it all. Reviewers who had initially given it negative reviews due to the weirdness on first viewing grew to like it on later viewings.

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** Ironically, its status as an enormous mind screw helped it grow in popularity with the counterculture (specifically with LSD users) at the time after a large number of regular moviegoers had been driven away by the incomprehensibility of it all. Reviewers who had initially given it negative reviews due to the weirdness on first viewing grew to like it on later viewings.



* {{Zeerust}}: HAL is a mind-bogglingly advanced, sentient computer, but can't print plain text onto looseleaf paper. Humanity in 2001 can build spectacular space-stations and has mastered interplanetary flight, but people are still using typewriters.

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* {{Zeerust}}: HAL is a mind-bogglingly advanced, sentient computer, but can't print plain text onto looseleaf paper. Humanity in 2001 can build spectacular space-stations and has mastered interplanetary flight, but people are still using typewriters.[[note]]Some people still do; manual ones don't require electricity and can be taken anywhere.[[/note]]
21st May '17 1:00:14 PM SuddenFrost
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* {{Intermission}}

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* {{Intermission}}{{Intermission}}: The rumbling sound of the ventilation system in the pod bay can be heard through most of the intermission, then Ligeti's ''Atmospheres'' plays to warn the audience to return to their seats.
3rd May '17 3:47:32 PM ErikModi
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* ClashOfEvolutionaryLevels: Moonwatcher's tribe versus the Others basically boils down to this, with some evolutionary help from TheMonolith.
28th Mar '17 8:38:35 PM NOYB
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** The novel suggests that [[spoiler:HAL might been able to eventually resolve the problem peacefully, had mission control not requested his temporal disconnection. HAL, being unable to grasp the concept of sleep, was convinced that the disconnection would have meant the end of his existence and his killing spree was therefore, all in all, a misguided attempt at self-defense.]]

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** The novel suggests that [[spoiler:HAL might been able to eventually resolve the problem peacefully, had mission control not requested his temporal temporary disconnection. HAL, being unable to grasp the concept of sleep, was convinced that the disconnection would have meant the end of his existence and his killing spree was therefore, all in all, a misguided attempt at self-defense.]]
25th Feb '17 12:46:50 AM Geoduck
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** In a non-HAL example, the prominent warning label on the pod doors about the explosive bolts.



* GenreSavvy: Frank and Dave are smart enough to recognise that discussing the potential malfunction of a self-aware computer in earshot of said computer would be a very unhealthy mistake and so take great care to make sure he can't hear them. They are also able to recognise that the assertion that the 9000 series is perfect sounds disturbingly like FamousLastWords. [[spoiler: Unfortunately their precautions are insufficient because HAL was able to lip-read everything they said through the pod window, and only Dave is able to save himself when HAL's rampage commences]]

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* GenreSavvy: Frank and Dave are smart enough to recognise recognize that discussing the potential malfunction of a self-aware computer in earshot of said computer would be a very unhealthy mistake and so take great care to make sure he can't hear them. They are also able to recognise that the assertion that the 9000 series is perfect sounds disturbingly like FamousLastWords. [[spoiler: Unfortunately their precautions are insufficient because HAL was able to lip-read everything they said through the pod window, and only Dave is able to save himself when HAL's rampage commences]]



* NobodyPoops: Averted by Floyd when he has to read through the entire set of instructions for the Zero Gravity Toilet before he can use it.

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* NobodyPoops: Averted by Floyd when he has is careful to read through the entire set of instructions for the Zero Gravity Toilet before he can use uses it.



** Played straight when apparently noise can be heard during the "Beyond the Infinite" sequence.

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** Played straight when apparently noise can be heard during the "Beyond the Infinite" sequence.sequence, although it's an open question if it actually occurs in the vacuum of space.
25th Feb '17 12:35:09 AM Geoduck
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Firstborn, the Monolith's creators. Their foremost principle is comprehensible, however: ''"Sentience, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo at any cost]]."''
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