2010: The Year We Make Contact
American astronaut sent on a joint U.S.-Soviet space mission to Jupiter in an effort to find out what happened to the missing crew of the original Jupiter mission.
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Entertainment without intrigue, 2010: The Year We Make Contact is a much more traditional insight into science fiction and a much more basic interpretation of Clarke's novels. Never trying to mimic or outdo the integrity and marvel of '2001: A Space Odyssey', the film makes its own claims in it's own rights - it is much more accessible and acts as a decent fanfare from the predecessor. Yet, due to the film's conventionalities, it merely acts as it's own sole interpretation of the endless ambiguities layed by it's father in film. While the underlying themes and notions of 2010 seem to merely recapitulate what has been delivered before, it manages to bring it's own weight to the fore through solidifying concepts. The film's lack of open-ended insight strays far from the universe created initially, but the backlash from delusional fans is unjust. 2010 acts as a fitting enough film to continue in this provocative series. It respects it's initiator enough to not intervene with it's status and respects it's source material enough to act as a bridge to the novel. ...more soon.
- shortcartoonist, Thursday, September 27, 2007
A decent stab at Arthur C. Clarke's novel, that's well worth watching for anyone who had trouble grasping the plot to 2001. Here it's all explained, and as such, makes a good companion piece to the original.
- garyX, Saturday, December 30, 2006