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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2010 stays true to the book but could never compete with Kubrick's masterpiece. Don't overlook it though as its full of suspense and intrigue and is a brilliant film!
- SirPant, Monday, September 7, 2009
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.
- sononothing, Monday, September 15, 2008
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