Great Moments In Film – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey seems to be one of those films which you either love or find incredibly boring. I know that I’ve fallen into both camps within my life. While it’s hard to say if it’s Kubrick’s best work, 2001 is one of the best science fiction movies of all time.

For some background: Dave is apart of a crew to a mission to Jupiter. Like everything else that deals with space, the mission is overseen by the supercomputer model HAL 9000. However, something goes wrong with this particular HAL. When it deems the crew as a liability to the mission, HAL begins to kill them all (most in their hibernation chambers). Eventually, only Dave is left. This is the scene where Dave goes to disconnect HAL. It’s interesting as HAL’s monotone voice never changes, but we get a sense of it’s desperation as the scene moves along. In fact, the seemingly self-aware HAL (represented by the ominous red “eye”) pleads for it’s life while Dave does what he has to do.

I hope you all enjoy.

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~ by chrislejarzar on August 21, 2010.

2 Responses to “Great Moments In Film – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)”

  1. This scene really does hit a cord with me when it comes to thinking about real human emotions, and how we say anything just to keep our lives, or get what we want. It sucks that the only human thing in this movie is the HAL.

    • You bring up a good point, but do you think that’s the intention of the story? While we see the Dawn of Man and the Dawn of the Star Child,we basically skip over human existence. The only sort of emotion felt (aside from perhaps anger and fear by Dave during the HAL issue), is between the father and daughter, but even that comes through via video call.

      It is interesting that the most human character, at the very least, is the machine.

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