Sunday, October 4, 2015

2001: A Space Odyssey - 0/5 Stars

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most highly critically acclaimed films made, it is ranked 22nd by the American Film Institute. I can see why, because when it was made, the special effects were very ahead of its time. But I did not like the movie at all, it was slow, boring, and I'm still not entirely sure what the plot was. It seems like Stanley Kubrick wanted to make a really long movie so he wasted time by making us look at the same thing for minutes at a time and listening to beeping or breathing. As boring as it was, the movie still showed very good physics.

An example of the good physics that this movie shows is the artificial gravity. The artificial gravity acts as a normal force. When an object follows a circular path, there must be a force pulling it into the center, otherwise it would just go in a straight line. They achieve this by spinning the spaceship, forcing the passengers to the outside, which simulates gravity.

An example of bad physics would be the men standing on the moon. They look as if the moon has the same force of gravity as the earth. We know that because of it's size, the moon has about 6 times less gravity than the earth. The men walking towards the obelisk would have been bouncing around rather than walking regularly. 

Another thing Kubrick does pay attention to is the fact that no sound can be transmitted though space.  Space is a vacuum, and sound waves need particles to bounce off of in order to produce a sound wave to hit our eardrums. In each scene, there are no noises except for Dave's talking over a radio or him breathing in his suit. 

This film is loved by many, but it was way to slow and boring to even be able to follow the plot, if it even had one. 


  1. Sorry you felt tortured. It is a difficult movie for everyone to appreciate.

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