2010 is the sequel to '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Set nine years after the Discovery's ill-fated mission to Jupiter, the movie follows the combined Russian/American rescue mission sent out to find out what happened to the crew. But, once there, it quickly becomes clear that they're in way over their heads. Signs of life are discovered on Europa, but the pod is destroyed before it can explore further, and one of the crew is killed while studying the giant monolith in orbit around Jupiter. But when Dr Floyd receives a message from Dave Bowman, one of Discovery's missing crew members - missing, presumed dead - things really get hairy. His message? "You must leave in two days." But their launch window is twenty eight days away ....
'2010' picks up nicely where '2001' left off, despite the gap of nine years between events. The movie meanders along at first, but really gets going once the rescue mission starts. The space scenes truly are awesome, especially the air-braking sequence, with the fiery ship silhouetted against the planet. Alot of time, money and effort went into creating these space scenes and it shows - every scene screams quality.
The ships themselves actually look capable of travelling in space - none of your stylized, cliched movie spaceships here! The two styles also contrast nicely - the Russian ship (please don't ask me to spell it - I have enough trouble saying it!) dark and boxy, and the Discovery all sleek and shiny. But both ships actually look functional - press a button and it may actually do what it's supposed to do!
The movie is complimented by an excellent cast, even though some of them don't actually get to say much! The Russian accents are a bit cringeworthy though, especially from Helen Mirren, but this can be forgiven in the light of the excellent storyline. By far the creepiest voice though is that of the HAL-9000. Hearing those smooth tones - "Hello, Dr Chandra" - really makes tingles run up your spine!
As sequels go, this one scores quite highly in my book, mainly because of the outstanding space scenes, but also because I think the ending is truly awesome! Although it doesn't really come as a surprise considering the previous events, the sight of the monolith standing on the virgin planet, Europa, must be the most enigmatic movie ending ever!!
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A multi-national team of astronauts travel in search of the sapce-craft Discovery, to ascertain the reason for its being abandoned. A superb sequel to 2001 - A SPACE ODYSSEY
2010 - The Year We Make Contact
The second movie to 2001, a Russian space take three Americans to the Odyssey that has been abandoned for 9 years and its orbit is slowly decaying into the atmosphere of Io, when they find out what’s going they aft to team up with the Russians to escape Jupiter as something strange is going on with the planet.
In the good movie, with good acting from the cast.
2010 - The Year We Make Contact (DVD 2000
I am a fan of the 2001 series and have read 2010:Odyssey two many times. I love this film as I love the theory behind it, and you have to see this to understand what the hell happened in 2001 A Space Odyssey!!!
I used to have it on VHS but have recently donated all my VHS films to charity so have been trying to get it on DVD - its a shame I could get a re-mastered edition. This is a great film, ideally you need to have seen 2001 to 'get' whats going on in this film, but thats not a necessity as it is a great standalone movie.
2010 : The Year We Make Contact (DVD 2000)
Close to scoring 'average', but then again it's still satisfying enough (at least in its conclusion to 2001) to warrant a 'good'.
2001 remains visually superior and the addition of dramatic synth music in 2010 sets this film clearly in the 80s, whereas the dramatic silences, classical pieces and mystical sounds of 2001 make the original a timeless piece of cinema.
There's an all-too obvious attempt to recreate the gritty realism of 2001 (take the engineer's hyperventilation on his first spacewalk for example). This is lost on the audience, as the scene becomes more annoying than gripping. However, there is a faster pace to 2010 which breaks with the slower and arguably irritating plodding pace of 2001 to some degree.
So, 2010 is ironically the film which comes across as more dated. However, if you felt cheated by the abstract ending of 2001, then you will be pleasantly rewarded by 2010's happy ending.
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