I have recently rewatched 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. The film deals with the themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life and also featurs some fantastic classical music including The Blue Danube by Strauss and Also Sprach Zarathustra.
It starts In an African desert millions of years ago, where a tribe of ape-men is driven away from their water hole by a stronger more aggresive rival tribe. They wake up to find a featureless black monolith before them. Guided by the monolith, they learn how to use a bone as a weapon and a tool, and use it to hunt for food, and they eventually fight back and drive their rivals away from the water hole.
Millions of years later, a Pan Am space plane is carrying 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 (Leonard Rossiter) ask about rumours of a mysterious epidemic at Clavius. At Clavius, Floyd discovers that the epidemic is a cover story for something far stranger. He is summoned to a secret meeting of base personnel, and learns that 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. Which then sends out a signal.
Eighteen months later, mission pilots and scientists Dr. David Bowman (Kier Dullea) 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 completely foolproof. 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.
After Becoming Concerned about Hal 9000’s increasingly erratic behavior, Bowman and Poole decide to disconnect it. However before they can act HAL9000 takes control of the ship and kills Poole while he 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 killing them also. After rescuing Poole, Hal 9000 refuses to let Bowman back in, stating that by disconnecting HAL he is jeopardizing the mission. So Bowman is forced to take drastic measures to gain entrance. So he opens the ship’s emergency airlock manually, enters the ship, and attempts to deactivate HAL. Bowman encounters another monolith in orbit around the planet. After Going through Jupiter’s bizarre atmosphere and landing on the surface he finds himself in a Baroque style bedroom and starts aging alarmingly. In the bedroom he encounters another monolith and evolves further into the mysterious Star Child.