2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey premiered in 1968 and is considered to be an epic science fiction movie. It was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) who "seems human" and has full control over their spaceship and two astronauts (Dr. Dave Bowman played by Keir Dullea and Dr. Frank Poole played by Gary Lockwood) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be.