2010: The Year We Make Contact (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.
Dec 7, 1984 Wide
Aug 25, 1998
MGM/UA Entertainment Company
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Flash: There is intelligent life in outer space. More, anyway, than in this amiable footnote of a movie.
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.
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.
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.
It has all the right plot elements, dramatic tension, and eye-popping special effects. The performances are uniformly good, the space-adventure scenes are excitingly handled, and the reappearance of HAL 9000 and Dullea is downright eerie.
It can't hope to compete with Kubrick, but if you can distance Peter Hyams's picture from its formidable forerunner, you'll find a thoughtful and sometimes unforgettable science-fiction fable.
A much slicker, studio-friendly job than the first one was, with its much more famous cast, and its easier aesthetic.
...a good, well-made, tightly-knit, nicely-acted science-fiction sequel, yet one that clearly lacks the vision and scope of its illustrious predecessor.
A wholly thrilling, beautifully shot sequel to a sci-fi classic
A vastly underappreciated sequel with a fine lead performance by Roy Scheider. Director Peter Hyams took a huge gamble, and succeeds beautifully.
Scheider does a fine job in an above average film.
Sahmthing...WAHNderful! Well, almost, anyway. Piece of pie.
Horrible sequel to the classic 2001.
Surprisingly good sequel to an untouchable classic.
Not nearly the addicting mind-trip that "2001" is, but not half-bad in its own right.
Audience Reviews for 2010: The Year We Make Contact
- Maxim Brailovsky: Piece of pie.
- Walter Curnow: No, piece of cake, cake.
- Maxim Brailovsky: Easy as cake.
- Walter Curnow: No, easy as pie, pie.
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