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2010 (1984)



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This belated sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is directed by Peter Hyams. Roy Scheider plays the astronaut/skipper of a U.S.-Soviet space mission, sent to find out what happened to the missing Discovery flight that carried Keir Dullea into the beyond in the original 2001. Scheider's polyglot crew includes Americans John Lithgow and Bob Balaban (the latter a computer whiz, responsible for the notorious HAL 9000) and Russians Helen Mirren, Elya Baskin and Natasha Schneider. The reason for this international mixture is that the world is on the brink of nuclear war, and it is hoped that the space mission will assure east-west solidarity (in this respect, 2010 dates far more than 2001, given the collapse of the Iron Curtain). When the astronauts catch up with Dullea, still in orbit around Jupiter, producer/director/writer Hyams attempts to demystify the enigmatic climax of 2001. Arthur C. Clarke, author of the story upon which 2001 was based, appears in 2010 as a man on a park bench. Incidentally, the voice-over credited to Olga Mallsnerd is actually Candice Bergen. (The name Mallsnerd is a play on the name of one of the characters created by her ventriloquist father Edgar.)more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Hyams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 1998
MGM/UA Entertainment Company


Roy Scheider
as Dr. Heywood Floyd
John Lithgow
as Dr. Walter Curnow
Helen Mirren
as Tanya Kirbuk
Bob Balaban
as Dr. R. Chandra
Keir Dullea
as Dave Bowman
Douglas Rain
as HAL 9000
Dana Elcar
as Dimitri Moisevitch
Taliesin Jaffe
as Christopher Floyd
James McEachin
as Victor Milson
Mary Jo Deschanel
as Betty Fernandez
Elya Baskin
as Maxim Brailovsky
Savely Kramarov
as Vladimir Rudenko
Oleg Rudnik
as Vasali Orlov
Oleg Rudnick
as Vasali Orlov
Natasha Schneider
as Irina Yakunina
Vladimir Skomarovsky
as Yuri Svetlanov
Victor Steinbach
as Mikolai Ternovsky
Jan Triska
as Alexander Kovalev
Larry Carroll
as Anchorman
Herta Ware
as Jessie Bowman
Ron Recasner
as Hospital Neurosurgeo...
Robert Lesser
as Dr. Hirsch
Delana Michaels
as Commercial Announcer
Gene McGarr
as Commercial Announcer
Arthur C. Clarke
as Man on Park Bench
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News & Interviews for 2010

Critic Reviews for 2010

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

Flash: There is intelligent life in outer space. More, anyway, than in this amiable footnote of a movie.

Full Review… | August 3, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A hodge-podge of bits and pieces.

Full Review… | November 3, 2008
Top Critic

Hyams' sequel to Kubrick's big daddy of sci-fi movies may not have the novelty of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but it is still a better film than anyone could have dared to expect.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A good-looking, sharp-edged, entertaining, exciting space opera.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A lot of care has gone into it, but it has no satirical substructure to match that of the Kubrick film, and which was eventually responsible for that film's continuing popularity.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Now that enough time has elapsed since the release of 2010 for outraged 2001 fans to calm down, it can be seen that, while there was no decisive creative reason for Hyams' sequel to exist, it's not a bad movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 2010


This is an interesting and entertaining sequel to 2001. It's nowhere near the masterpiece Kubrick made, but it is good in it's own right. Just didn't have the mystery and pure eeriness of 2001. Great cast, including a good performance by Helen Mirren.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

A capable sequel to a bonafide classic. The cast is strong, the storyline is always interesting and arresting, and the mystery is still present. While it doesn't answer many questions that "2001" posed, it's still a visual delight and a fun journey back to what made "2001" so special. Keir Dullea gives a creepy performance as the main character from "2001" who is yanked back into the storyline masterfully.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

You can't start a review of 2010 without referring to Kubrick's masterpiece 2001. What Kubrick created with that film was create an opera with the stars, polishing the story by Arthur Clarke and giving us a film that's a feast for the senses and in typically Kubrick fashion leaves us with more questions than answers when the closing credits roll.

What 2010 does is try to explain what happened to Discovery in the nine years since HAL seemed to go mad and Dave Bowman disappeared. The world is on the brink of destruction between the United States and the Soviet Union (you have to remember this is 1984), but there is one moment of cooperation between the two countries when there is interest to investigate the monolith and the Discovery by the Soviets. The Soviets can get there faster, but the U.S. knows the systems better. The standard Rocky IV "us vs. them" mentality begins as the crew featuring Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, and Helen Mirren revive HAL and try to discover what happened near Jupiter nine years before.

The first thing you need to do when watching this film is to distance yourself from Kubrick's vision in 2001. You will be disappointed and feel negative from the opening credits. Look at this film as a sequel to Clarke's story (which Clarke wrote, along with several sequels). The film explains things while leaving others still under a veil of mystery. I've always been an opponent to explaining every aspect of a film with its sequel, but with 2010 it seems less like a crutch than with other films that have done this (I'm looking at you Halloween II).

2010 is a solid sci-fi tale with some breathtaking effects (even though the dreaded black boxes appear in some shots). It's only crime is that it was a follow up to 2001 and, to be perfectly honest, there is no follow up to that film.

Chris Garman

Super Reviewer


– Submitted by Andrew C (3 years ago)

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