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Stanley Kubricks 2001 A Space Odyssey is an exceptional film in both meaning and context Kubrick found a way to convey the films meaning that had not been seen before By using this method he was able to create a wealth of information not only for the audience but also for the film as a whole Even though much of the movie is silent the powerful images presented pull the audience into the action for a journey through human evolution As the film begins the audience is taken to the dawn of mankind Apes are depicted living in the wild and their human characteristics are becoming prevalent As the apes interact with each other we see more and more human traits beginning to form One important trait that is expressed is that of free will As one group of apes are drinking at a water hole another group approaches and by a show of force they expel the group out of the water hole What happens next is perhaps the most important cut of the whole film The apes that had been run off from the water are now regrouped and the camera draws in on one ape in particular He is piddling through the skeletal remains of another animal when he grabs hold of a long piece of bone raises it and swings it down hitting the pile of bones In this very instant we see the point in evolution where free will begins to reign supreme With the new knowledge the ape has gained he gathers the others and they return to the water hole they had been riled from As the apes approach the hole the same instinctive show of force is displayed however what the second group doesnt know is that the others have now learned to make and use weapons In this fight for the water hole the ape that learned how to weaponize a bone attacks one
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