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Originally posted by GENERAL EYES
I'd recommend reading the book.
...the monoliths interaction with the early apes. It added a whole new dimension to the storyline for me, anyway.
Check it out, let me know what you think.
Originally posted by chetinglendalevillage
For beginners, you didn't mention the ship's omnipresent computer HAL9000 which has so many undertones that add to the brilliance of a 2.5 hour movie (which only includes 40 minutes of spoken verbiage).
HAL later gets lobotomized in pursuit of the Jupiter monolith. You did forget one monolith - during the mostly philosophical life-cycle scenes one appears at the foot of the last surviving astronaut's bed.
The deep philosophical intentions of this film by far outweigh the attempts to offer up mechanistic externalities... and this helps keep the film relevant 40 Earth years later.
Originally posted by h3akalee
My interpretation was that when the monolith turned up it was the cause of the dawn of man.
It may also mean that if you do not fully understand the implications of your actions, i.e. touching something you shouldn't, it will have dire consequences. Eventual Global warming comes to mind - being a result of unscrupulous use of technology we are only starting to realize the consequences of - using CFCs, combustion of fossil fuels etc.
When the ape placed his/her hand on the monolith he/she was given new understanding new moral's.
Absolutely!! Finding something new and exploiting it. i.e. Apes learned to use a club - bone - to get more food by killing the animals. Eventually the "technology" of the time will be the down fall - from food to murder.
The monolith could very well represent pandoras box.
Perhaps these monoliths have something to do with the "soul catcher" and he is heading back for reincarnation. Who knows.
Toward's the end of the movie we again see the cycle of life and death. We see him die then we see him reborn.
Perhaps the rebirth is metaphorical in nature. Perhaps it it the birth of new understanding and not necessarily a physical rebirth? An opinion.
The monolith appear's just as the main character Dave is about to die just like it appeared in the very start of the film where the ape touched it.
So what we could be looking at toward the end of the film is the next form of human evolution.
The above is all speculation and my personal opinion but it's what make's the film so wonderfull. Everyone has a different idea about what the meaning of the film could be or what it is representing.
It's a masterpeice.