In 1968, Stanley Kubrick delivered a film that changed the world of science fiction and cinema. 2001: A Space Odyssey pushed the limits of storytelling with a high-concept, metaphorical narrative. Stanley Kubrick offered his vision of humanity and the future of science. He also introduced us to one of the most iconic villains in movie history: the always polite, occasionally homocidal HAL-9000. Now someone has put together a so-called super-cut of all the HAL material from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
2001: A Space Odyssey clocks in at a commanding 160 minutes, so it’s sort of weird to realize that only five minutes of that running time features HAL. It’s a testament to the super-computer’s impact on audiences that it feels like HAL 9000 is featured in the film for much longer. It’s also fascinating that HAL 9000 is an inanimate object but still it’s just as menacing and scary as Darth Vader or a Xenomorph. HAL 9000 serves as the complete evolution of man’s over-reliance on technology.
The Cussing Channel made the 2001: A Space Odyssey super-cut. On their YouTube channel, they feature similar super-cuts for movies such as The Avengers (“Just the Hulk Smashing & Growling”), Star Wars (“Just Uncle Owen”). and South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (“Just the Cussing”).
2001: A Space Odyssey is a brilliant film! It’s one of the few films out there that straddles the line between broad moviegoing and high art. Its ambition is fully realized with repeat viewings while it never spoon-feeds you the themes or meaning behind its sections. It’s a shame Stanley Kubrick only made one movie in the science fiction genre; but then again, he seems to have only made one movie in almost every genre.