2001: A Space Odyssey

I have recently watched the epic 1968 science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, partially inspired by Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel” and the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey. It deals with the themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life.

It starts In an African desert millions of years ago, a tribe of ape-men is driven away from their water hole by a rival tribe. They awaken to find a featureless black monolith has appeared before them. Guided in some fashion by the monolith, they learn how to use a bone as a weapon and drive their rivals away from the water hole.

Millions of years later, a Pan Am space plane carries Dr. Heywood Floyd to a space station orbiting Earth for a layover on his trip to Clavius Base, a United States outpost on the moon. his Soviet scientist friend and her colleague ask about rumors of a mysterious epidemic at Clavius. At Clavius, Floyd heads a secret meeting of base personnel, His mission is to investigate a recently found artifact buried four million years ago. Floyd and others discover a monolith identical to the one encountered by the ape-men. Sunlight strikes the monolith and a loud high-pitched radio signal is heard.

Eighteen months later, mission pilots and scientists Dr. David Bowman and Dr. Frank Poole, along with three other scientists in cryogenic hibernation are traveling to Jupiter aboard the United States spacecraft Discovery One. Most of Discovery’s operations are controlled by the ship’s computer, HAL 9000, Hal states that he is “foolproof and incapable of error”. However Hal seems reluctant to inform them of the purpose of the mission. After a technical glitch Mission Control advises the astronauts that Hal may have started malfunctioning. Hal insists that the problem is due to human error.

Becoming Concerned about Hal 9000’s increasingly erratic behavior, Bowman and Poole decide to disconnect it. However this proves very difficult when HAL9000 takes control and shuts off Poole’s air supply while is on a space walk outside. Then While Bowman attempts to rescue Poole Hal turns off the life support functions of all the other crewmen in suspended animation. After rescuing Poole, Hal 9000 refuses to let Bowman back in, stating that they are jeopardizing the mission. Bowman opens the ship’s emergency airlock manually, enters the ship, and attempts to deactivate HAL. At Jupiter, Bowman discovers another monolith in orbit around the planet, Bowman then travels through a strange vortex before landing. After landing on Jupiter he starts aging rapidly and encounters another monolith before evolving further and becoming the mysterious Star Child.


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