Stanley Kubrick's 2001: Space Odyssey film is a cinematography master piece. Besides the story line feeling slow and dragging at times, the cinematography is what you should be paying attention to. Kubrick uses symmetry(as seen above) in a lot of his shots. Now remember, this movie was released in 1968. This was far before George Lucas Star Wars or Blade Runner was out. Another reminder, there's no CGI in this film what so ever. CGI was in its early stages during this time. A lot of the animations and props were either sets or models. As for the mind tripping animation at the end, Kubrick uses slit scan technique. The theme of this movie could possibly be the evolution of mankind. We see it from the primal stage to the Jupiter mission where humans have reach a point in technology where they are able to create computers capable of making self rational decisions. Scary to believe, in today's society we are already reaching that point in mainstream. This is a film I recommend watching for any sci-fi lovers. If you haven't seen it, you're definitely missing out on one of the greatest classical sci-fi movies ever made.