2001: A Space Odyssey vs. Blade Runner

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on 4/22/2010

Aaaaarrrgh!!! What the hell kind of choice is this?

on 7/16/2010

Having watched both recently, I have to give to A Space Odyssey.

on 7/16/2010

People fawn over Blade Runner's special effects, but 2001: A Spade Odyssey is the one that looks great, even when held to today's standards. Blade Runner is nice to look at, but I was never wowed by it. And, when it comes to the overall quality of the two films, 2001: A Space Odyssey again outclasses Blade Runner with the utmost ease. Ridley Scott has nothing on Stanley Kubrick.

on 11/1/2010

Having seen 2001 recently, i still have to go with blade runner. both are vying in my top 10 SF.

on 7/15/2011

talk about toughest choice ever!!! jesus, how the hell am i supposed to choose between these two? shit!!!!!

on 7/15/2011

I know both of these are meant to be classics and everything, but I didn't personally enjoy either of them to be honest. I guess if I had to choose, I'd go with 2001.

on 7/20/2011

Arguably the hardest choice this site has offered.

on 7/21/2011

I love 2001: A Space Odyssey. Blade Runner hasn't had the chance to settle in with me yet though. But HAL will always be better than Batty and that's a fact!

on 12/16/2012

Both are arguably the two best sci-fi films of all time. Blade Runner is the better in terms of Science Fiction storytelling, but 2001's perplexing experience says it all.

on 12/16/2012

Blade Runner is nice, but it's sorta Philip K. Dick for babies. 2001 is its own thang.

on 12/16/2012

2001 in a heartbeat.

on 4/30/2013

Screw 2001. Blade Runner is the best "pure" sci-fi flick of all time.

on 4/30/2013

" Blade Runner is the best "pure" sci-fi flick of all time." Boom! Socialist-fist-bump.

on 4/30/2013

Ultimately, neither one of these are super high on my love list, but they are very close on my flickchart, and as of now 2001 is the victor.

on 5/3/2013

Didn't enjoy either much. Need to re-visit Blade Runner...2001 pisses me off 2001 more times than Blade Runner. Blade Runner all the way

on 5/10/2013

maybe i need to watch blade runner again. It was booooring...

on 6/7/2013

I have to strongly disagree with the aforementioned notion that Blade Runner is the best "pure" sci-fi flick of all time. That title should be reserved for 2001 alone. Think about it: 2001 explores all the mysteries of science. It explores the dawn of man (ape people), evolution, moon visitations, Jupiter, the concept of infinity, as well as the concept of a higher intelligence looking down on us all and ultimately interacting with us and provoking us to evolve. This is as "pure" as it gets. As for the better movie, it's 2001 hands down.

on 6/7/2013

2001 on a good or bad day. You don't have to study like a medieval monk to figure out which version of 2001 to see, for one thing.

on 6/23/2013

I should watch 2001 more times, and watch all three versions of BR before I'm 100% on this. 2001 for now.

on 7/5/2013

Hey, didn't notice your comment. Nowhere did I say 2001 ISN'T pure sci-fi. For me, pure and good sci-fi is about the exploration of man's relationship with his creations (technology), which can further serve to give an insight into his position in the universe or to assess the human condition. Whether a credible scientific basis for that technology is established or if the film's futuristic vision is accurate -- all that doesn't concern me much. So both films are strictly sci-fi. 2001's technical artistry cannot be denied but all I can see is one masterfully filmed shot after another without an ounce of emotion. I don't find the story engaging on any level. On the contrary, Blade Runner's thematic complexity and poignancy really draws me in. Creation of entities that exhibit feelings and emotions like an ordinary human being would and reducing them to slave labor works as a fantastic premise to ask uncomfortable questions about morality, humanity and responsibility. 2001's ambitious but cryptic themes of human evolution and the role of mankind's inquisitive nature as the engine of development... eh... they don't work for me the same way (BR covers this as well). Some people see it as a religious and spiritual experience and, cool, good for them. But not I. IMO, Blade Runner is the best pure sci-fi flick out there, although my FAVORITE would be Dark City.

on 7/16/2013

PiccoloKing, I respect your fondness for Blade Runner. I too share such affinity for it. I just consider 2001 to be the quintessential sci-fi flick for the reasons I've already mentioned. To each his own I guess my friend. We do agree on Dark City though. I absolutely LOVE that movie. Honestly, I think it may be the most underrated movie of all time. Most of my friends haven't even heard of it before I bring it to their attention. It's a shame to because many of them are diehard Matrix fans. And it appears that Matrix borrowed some ideas from Dark City and just pumped millions of dollars into it's special effects. I love The Matrix, but I like Dark City better. Anyway, off topic a bit, but I couldn't refrain after you mention Dark City.

on 7/17/2013

2001 wins, and it's not really that hard.

on 7/19/2013

I think they are both the 2 best Sci-fi films ever. It just comes down to personal preference. I prefer 2001 although they are both in my top 20.

on 8/29/2013

2001

on 8/29/2013

Watched both multiple times. Don't love either...but I give the slight edge to 2001.

on 9/27/2013

Blade Runner was beguiling enough to elude me but soulful enough to make me want to revisit it and try and get to grips with its thematic and philosophical notions, whereas 2001 just didn't seem to care about itself. The magnificent yet grimy aesthetic of Blade Runner is what makes it so spectacular; it feels like a very humanistic future, heavily polluted, artificial and dilapidated yet strangely beautiful and organic (rather like Scott's other big Sci-Fi film, Alien). 2001 feels like the ideal future, but I suspect Blade Runner is the future we are ultimately going to get. Blade Runner has it all; a sublime soundtrack, wonderful visuals, engaging yet understated performances, and the feeling that despite its slow-burning pace, heavy themes and philosophical relevance, Ridley Scott put heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears (in rain) into this film. What particularly amuses me are the people on this matchup who are calling Blade Runner the "boring" film. I'd watch Blade Runner again if I were in a brooding mood and needed elevating to new heights, but I'd watch 2001 again to top myself by. Now to be fair, when I watched 2001 I wasn't in the best condition; had a late night the night before and didn't feel like concentrating much, but nevertheless I was growing to like it and gaining at lot more appreciation for it as the film went on. And then came the ending... well fuck! Pretty colours and a space/god child, not too far removed from the ending of Mass Effect 3 (ooooohhh I went there!). Ok I am exaggerating now, and to be fair I have a lot respect for 2001 as a film; it is a technical achievement par excellence, and it has some memorable audio/visual set pieces and some excellent performances (even if the performances came from men in ape suits and a supercomputer). But the ending is so pretentious and uninvolving that it pisses me off, whereas the ending of Blade Runner was by far the best thing about it. I may be far from completely understanding either of these films, and I will probably revisit both again some day, but only one of them actually makes me want to. Blade Runner wins.

on 9/28/2013

Style over substance. And I felt indifferent to both. I get why people love them, I just don't care about either. I can go either way.

on 10/5/2013

blade runner

on 10/10/2013

2001 is the Greatest sci-fi film of all time

on 12/30/2013

Neither as good as there reputation in my opinion, but both are solid nonetheless. I'll take 2001.

on 9/28/2014

i need to re-watch both this week and then Ill decide but for now i like 2001 more!

on 3/5/2015

Kubrick wins

on 7/23/2015

2001 is the better movie

on 9/7/2015

2001 had me hooked three quarters of the way through, but lost me in a psychedelic fever dream that lasted way too long for my liking. Blade Runner started slow for me, but immersed me in it's cyberpunk/noir world and philosophical exchange. I remember it as the stronger movie so I'm giving it to Blade Runner.

on 1/9/2016

Very Difficult choice...I am gonna pick Blade Runner from a result of a coin toss

on 1/9/2016

Not sure I could sit through either again. Both, to me, are highly overrated. I understand how the message in 2001 is impressive and that it inspired a generation of filmmakers, but it was also the most boring film I have ever seen, bar none. Blade Runner reminded me of War of the Worlds with a cheap ending that shouldn't have been so easy. I'd rather the movie end with Harrison Ford not surviving and us learning that we need to be careful of what we can't control.

on 3/22/2016

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on 9/22/2017

I'm not the guy for artsy movies, and while both are fuckin' boring, I just couldn't stand Blade Runner at all. Actually, I really do like 2001 and I do think it's, without a shadow of a doubt, one of -if not THE- best sci-fi movies ever. I'd take 2001 over Alien, Legend and Gladiator; all of these were better Ridley Scott movies than Blade Runner.

on 9/27/2017

I find Blade Runner overrated and that's coming from a fan of Science Fiction and Harrison Ford (who is terrific here). I like the underlying themes about hanging on to life and social class but the characters who are front and centre are incredibly dull. "Oh but doesn't 2001 have boring characters, ha?" No, actually, because Dave, Frank and Flyod all support the message of the film; how humans can be so enslaved to technology that they lose personality and independence. Hell, even the fact that food gets worse as technology gets better is a theme! "Doesn't Blade Runner do that?" No because certain scenes could only work if the characters are strong like the infamous scene where Deckard tries to have sex with Rachel and the last 10 minutes which felt a little underwhelming even though I should have been very interested in those scenes! Deckard has a interesting mystery behind him but as a character I failed to connect with him. Both films do have a lot of symbolism and subtlety yet they still reflect on humanity and religion but 2001 does a better job. The film proved that there's a possibility that science and religion can co-exist to the point where The Vatican put in on their lists of great movies! You could probably tell but 2001 definitely wins! It resembles a moving painting or in some ways a silent film yet there's so much depth and symbolism that it remains an interesting film. In fact, 2001:ASO made me think and opened my to different perspectives like no other movie has done to me before!

on 10/2/2017

Outside of Hal 9000, 2001 is too damn SLOOOOOOOOOOOW. Edge to Blade Runner for better visuals

on 3/15/2019

Possibly the only occasion in which I have to vote against Blade Runner.

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2001 is brilliant and Blade Runner is just a good movie.