Anyone who has watched this iconic piece of cinema surely realizes that 2001 is not merely a science fiction movie. It goes much beyond its genre and reaches an ethereal point which probably only a handful of films have reached in the history of cinema. I personally consider it one of the most important works of art of the 20th century, at par with Joyce’s Ulysses or Picasso’s Guernica.
What 2001 does not answer questions about life, space, time and existence, but as any important work of art, it asks questions. Who are we? What is our purpose on the earth? Is human intelligence a fallacy of nature and artificial intelligence a fallacy of man? To a well-versed viewer, 2001 will throw open new doors as to the possibility of cinema and the powers of the movie camera. Besides its content, 2001 is also a technical marvel, so much so, it was rumored that all the footage of man’s first landing on the moon were faked by Kubrick and NASA. The movie also won Kubrick his only Oscar, for Special Effects. Here is the list of movies similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
Dennis Villeneuve is a powerful voice who has already made a huge impact with movies like Polytechnique, Enemy and Blade Runner; 2049, and his 2016 venture, Arrival is another glorious addition to his filmography. Amy Adams plays a famous linguist who along with a physicist is brought along by government officials to one of the large shells which have been landing all across the world one fine day. What she discovers in the shells is an alien form of life far more advanced than human beings in all respects. They are not evil aliens who are here to control the earth, but they are a benevolent race who wish to pass on their language to the earthlings. Their language opens new doors in all fields, and even human consciousness and provides this linguist with a special ability. Much beyond science fiction, Arrival becomes a movie about life and love for you close ones and a desire to connect with others.
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