The film begins with a group of primitive men fighting every day for bare survival, until one mysterious day when a black monolith emerges that completely changes their lives. Millions of years later, man has long since conquered space, and a space shuttle flies with scientist Dr. Haywood Floyd (William Sylvester) to the moon station Clavius. There the scientists show him a similar monolith, as before in the primitive man.
18 months later: David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and his crew fly to a scientific mission to Jupiter. On board is the infallible computer HAL, which has complete control over all operations in the ship. However, the closer they reach their goal, the more unstable HAL seems to them. Then strange things happen.
2001: A Space Odyssey is based on the novel of the same name by Arthur C. Clarke, who also co-wrote the script with Stanley Kubrick . Kubrick also took over the direction and producer roles. Even though the film was as much a source of enthusiasm as a rejection in 2001, Odyssey in Space (OT: 2001: A Space Odyssey) still plays an important role in the film. There was also an Oscar for the special effects for Stanley Kubrick. Nevertheless, only the first continuation of the novels should also come to the cinema: 2010. The other novels of Clarke 2061 – Odyssey III (1988) and 3001 – The Last Odyssey (1997) have not been made into films as of this date.
2001: A Space Odyssey in space has a lasting influence on the later film and television world and various popular productions relate to Kubrick’s film, whether The Simpsons as Parody or Space Oddity by David Bowie .