2001: A Space Thriller

By Phil Plait | July 30, 2012 12:15 pm

I have no reason to post this, other than it made me laugh: a trailer for the classic movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" as if it were made today.

Being pretty familiar with the movie, it was funny to see how these scenes were used out of context. Of course, doing this you can make any kids’ movie into a scary one, and any scary movie into a romantic comedy.

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  1. terryp

    the industrial music makes it seem more like the eighties than now.

  2. Jonathan G

    Mmm, looks pretty cutting edge for a 44 year old movie!

  3. theoncomingstorm

    2001 wasn’t a thriller, uh go figure.

  4. vel

    I remember my father staying up with me the first time this was on TV. He had no idea what was going on and didn’t like science fiction, but he did it for me since I was pretty young. I read the book before watching the movie and was bored to tears by the movie (the book was marginally better) but was too stubborn to go to bed :)

  5. That is absolutely PRICELESS.

  6. Tony

    I saw this movie when I was very young. I have watched it many times since then. I still don’t get the ending. I almost hope I never do.

  7. Other Paul

    Had me rolling in the aisles. If I had aisles. Or even just more room. And if I could roll.

  8. Chris

    Here’s another one mixing Prometheus and Madagascar 3.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbVnNO78fHo

  9. Wzrd1

    I’d say it is a worthy posting. Beyond the humor, it is an excellent commentary on today’s movie trailers.
    As for the humor, kudos to the creators!

  10. D

    Isn’t amazing how much better the 2001 sfx were than those of Prometheus?

  11. Rachel

    Sorry, I can’t resist, but: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fFOoIo-kMk

    In my defence, it *is* more faithful to the original than what you posted. :-)

  12. Number 6

    I loved it!….Based on one of my favorite movies…..I don’t think Kubrick (the director) would’ve been turning over in his grave about it….He seemed to have had a wholesome sense of humor….In fact, this might be the trailer that could interest a whole new generation in this classic film.

  13. DennyMo

    I kept expecting a Michael Jackson reference… Anybody seen the trailer for “ET 2″? Now there’s a neat storyline twist.

  14. noen

    I saw 2001 in the theaters when it was released. I am still in love with it. And I am SO glad no one has ever done a remake because that would be sacrilege and I would have to kill the director. ;)

  15. Thomas Siefert

    Turn the sound off and play the video again, but this time use your inner ear and play the theme from Space: 1999.

  16. Thomas Siefert

    @noen,
    They did do the second worst thing, a sequel that tries to explain it.

  17. Jon

    Positively seizure inducing.

  18. Dutch Railroader

    The sequel was indeed terrible, but it came from the book. As a result, I’ve concluded that Arthur C. Clarke had very little understanding of what 2001 was about.

  19. andy

    2001: a movie that was designed to justify the invention of the fast-forward button…

  20. Michael Mercer

    Well those both bored me, however here’s another:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_mW8mBzmHo

  21. t_bone

    I was allowed to ride a Greyhound bus from Kerrville to San Antonio so I could see 2001 at the newly installed Cinema I/Cinema II, in North Star Mall. Really big deal Even the lobby reflected the movie because it had automated snack dispensers. People came out of the intermission right after they saw HAL reading Dave and Frank’s lips as they plotted in the space pod, and started asking the soft drink dispensers for “Coke please, Hal”.

    44 years of disillusionment, drastic decrease in endocrine secretions, and reading Douglas Adams, now I think it is not such a good movie. Tried to watch it on TCM a year or so ago, and all the bright white space ships have turned brown.

  22. Grand Lunar

    This is actually pretty clever.

    Might actually be a way to market it once again. J/K!

    I credit “2001” and “2010” for really getting me interested in astronomy.
    And in particular, they attracted me to Jupiter, which made the Galileo mission all the more facinating. I still find myself attracted to the giant planet (probably because it’s also easy to spot in the sky) and the missions to it (i.e, Juno).

    The novels were great too, though I didn’t get much into “2061” and “3001”.
    The first two seem just fine.

  23. That was pretty funny. “2001” is my favorite movie. Exactly as long as it needs to be.

  24. Messier Tidy Upper

    Classic! And, OMG its full of stars!! ;-)

    @10. D : “Isn’t amazing how much better the 2001 sfx were than those of Prometheus?”

    Not to mention the plot and scientific credibility! ;-)

    Hmm.. there’re even both “ancient astronuat” sub-genre movies of a sort but the older Clarke / Kubrick one was just done so much better all round. Well, except for the 3D aspect I guess.

    Come to think of it, a 3D version of ‘Space Odyssey : 2001′ done properly could be just unbelievably pyschedelic and may not be such a bad idea! ;-)

  25. Chavato

    I don’t know, I rather like it! Could bring 2001 to a whole new, younger audience. Thank you for posting it.

    The scene in 2001 in which the Orion spacecraft docks with the orbiting space station to The Blue Danube is still some of the best choreography to date.

    If you liked this, you might also enjoy Toy Story 3: Inception:
    http://m.youtube.com/?client=mv-google&rdm=m7f5ak3tk#/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DjHJwgA54Gqk&v=jHJwgA54Gqk&gl=US

  26. I’m glad my favourite film was made then, now now!

  27. Stan9fromouterspace

    This is Stanley Kubrick.
    This is Stanley Kubrick having an epileptic fit.
    Loved the last slide – 04.06.68. Go full Cloverfield on that sucker.

  28. davem

    “I saw this movie when I was very young. I have watched it many times since then. I still don’t get the ending. I almost hope I never do.”

    Don’t read the book, then. It explains it all.

  29. Darth Imperius

    The other difference is that the Hollywood diversity enforcers would never allow an all-white cast today.

  30. Crux Australis

    Oh man that was really well done…can’t wait for that release date! Wait…

    Seriously though, I can’t wait to see this again on my flight to Europe (from NZ) tomorrow.

  31. Meh, it still looks boring.

    (Sorry, I am a huge fan of Kubrick, but IMO 2001 has not aged well. Don’t get me wrong, it’s brilliant in places, and a tremendously important work of cinema. But the overlong scenes that are basically just like, “Hey, look at these amazing special effects!” that were so effective in 1968 are making this 30-something guy yawn.

  32. 2001 is one of my favorite movies; a visual poem of surpassing beauty! I was already a big fan of SF when it came out, and it was an SF fan’s dream movie!

    The video you posted is … my new favorite video of the week! Hysterical and ironic considering the movie’s tone and content. And as someone pointed out, quite the comment on the nature of Hollyweird trailers.

    Thanks for posting it! Delicious!!

  33. Matt B.

    Neat. I just watched 2001 and 2010 back to back a couple weeks ago, so they’re fresh in my mind. The funny thing is that the line everybody likes to quote, “My god, it’s full of stars,” isn’t in 2001.

    The two movies really don’t pair well, unfortunately. The music in 2010 is too synthesized and particular in style to its era. And the coloring is off too, to the point that the sulfur on Discovery is orange instead of yellow. I guess they heightened the saturation for the part where Jupiter is supposed to be fading in color, but having just watched 2001, it still seemed too red.

  34. white rabbit

    Oh, good, thanks for this. I am not all that impressed by the video itself, but I’ve been trying to figure out what the music track is called for over an year and now I finally know! Awesome!

  35. James Evans

    2001: a movie that was designed to justify the invention of the fast-forward button…

    &

    Meh, it still looks boring….IMO 2001 has not aged well.

    2001, despite some antique edges here and there, and slightly faulty prophesizing, remains the best sci-fi film of all time, and an inspiration for the decades of space opera/sci-fi filmmakers that followed. Is there a movie from your generations in a related genre, andy and James, you would like to claim has stolen the crown from Kubrick/Clarke?

    Don’t make me swat you with my cane.

  36. Mike

    This edited trailer almost made me wet my pants I was laughing so hard. And this 30-something has loved this movie ever since he caught it on late nite TV before the FOX network was ever around. It’s certainly a product of its time, a movie not driven by dialogue or action but as a beautiful visual piece of art combined with the accidental hilarity of actual space travel – the paragraphs of instructions for use of the zero-gee toilet, the phone call (and subsequent billing) from the orbital base, and the final trip out to the monolith on the moon, where the extremely square scientists discuss what flavor of generic squared off sandwiches they’ll eat, even though “they all taste the same.” I know it’s slow paced and boring, but beautiful, witty, and well-thought out. God forbid, there are plenty of James Cameron / Michael Bay space-based crapfests for everyone else to enjoy. Oh, and 2010 was also, unfortunately, a product of its time – Reagan’s Morning in America, and a real pile of garbage starring the guy from Jaws and the other guy from Harry and the Hendersons. lol.

  37. Nigel Depledge

    James Evans (36) said:

    2001, despite some antique edges here and there, and slightly faulty prophesizing, remains the best sci-fi film of all time, and an inspiration for the decades of space opera/sci-fi filmmakers that followed. Is there a movie from your generations in a related genre, andy and James, you would like to claim has stolen the crown from Kubrick/Clarke?

    Arguably, Ridley Scott’s Alien, from about 10 years later.

  38. #34 Matt B:
    That line isn’t in the film of 2001, but it is in the novel. It’s also used as the opening of the film of 2010.

  39. James Evans

    @#38

    Arguably, Ridley Scott’s Alien, from about 10 years later.

    Alien is a classic example of a film that needs to thank 2001 for its very existence.

    Scott himself admits as much in an online article:

    Sir Ridley said that 2001 was “the best of the best”, in use of lighting, special effects and atmosphere, adding that every sci-fi film since had imitated or referred to it.

  40. mike burkhart

    Good but I I think the orginal is good to and it’s last line “and now your jorney begins” Off topic : for all want to be Astronuts ,I found a fight simulator that simulates space flight. It’s caled “Orbiter space flight simulator” you can fly the Space Shuttle Atlantis and a few other exparimental space craft. it has the international Space station and you can fly to the ISS,Moon or even the other planets in the Solar System, on missions even make up your own like one I have with the Space Shuttle Atlantis in Luner Orbit ( I don’t know, could the Space Shuttles fly a moon mission? I know they were problebly not desinged for it ) This Download is avable free on a web site of old Microsoft Downloads, and If you have played any of the Microsoft Flight simulator games you should have no trouble with Orbiter.

  41. My buddy and I were remembering 2001 at lunch today and talking about the things Kubrick got right in a space movie: the silence of space, the breath sounds inside a helmet and how your head does NOT explode like a grape in vacuum.

    I would say Alien, while a genuine classic that did inform other filmmakers, is still in a completely different class than 2001. One is an intellectual poetic masterpiece containing no small amount of social comment, while the other is arguably the best space horror movie ever made. You can no more compare them than you can, say, skydiving and live music concerts.

  42. tesla

    the great irony of this video of 2001. is that 2001 is a movie about the ‘future’ and about advanced intelligence.

    the video reflects how man built unanticipated technologies with great intelligence ( the internet ) only to use them for drowning our short attention spans in flasshing images of entertainment—–fully draining the efforts of concentration which comprise a very significant component of what we deem our ‘intelligence’.

    it’s like a feedback loop. we use our brains to make internet tools that demonstrating our advanced capacities, unfolding a future not ever articulated by mr clark—-only to use it for making ourselves dummer maybe.

  43. Calli Arcale

    Some have commented on how 2001 was better than 2010 — book and movie both.

    I tend to agree. (Though the book of 2010 is much better than the movie 2010. The subplot with the Chinese spacecraft “Tsien” is rather timely these days, but was cut from the movie altogether.) I read a book at my college library years ago that traced the evolution of 2001, and it was *fascinating*. Starting with his short story that inspired it (about a small pyramid dug up on the Moon which, when excavated, relayed a signal that it had been found as soon as light touched it — just like the Monolith, really) and then working through production notes, descriptions of the filming process, and various drafts of portions of the story (including some much more detailed ending sequences that had actual aliens in them), it really drove home that it was *not* simply Kubrick’s movie or Clarke’s book, and that neither book nor movie came first — they evolved together, feeding off of one another and the creative give-and-take between the two artists. The result is so much better for it.

    2010 is different; Clarke wrote that on his own, without that feedback, and then it was later adapted into a movie by folks who wanted to try to reproduce the success of 2001 (while they still could use a couple of the principals — Keir Dullea was available to reprise his role as Dave, and Douglas Rain was able to provide HAL’s voice again). It’s okay, I guess. But it doesn’t have the artistic genius that the first did, and I think it’s mainly because it didn’t go through that process of writing and collaborating and revising and occasionally starting over.

  44. Nigel Depledge

    Wyrd Smyth (42) said:

    I would say Alien, while a genuine classic that did inform other filmmakers, is still in a completely different class than 2001. One is an intellectual poetic masterpiece containing no small amount of social comment, while the other is arguably the best space horror movie ever made. You can no more compare them than you can, say, skydiving and live music concerts.

    Agreed.

    But, purely in terms of the best sci-fi movie of all time, I think Alien gives 2001 a run for its money. So, come to think of it, does Blade Runner.

    But, hey, some people would pick Star Wars as the best sci-fi film of all time, when Star Wars is more of a straight swords-n-sorcery fantasy.

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