Directed by Peter Hyams and released in it’s home country of America in 1984.
2001: A Space Odyssey is one of my favourite films of all time. A perfect science fiction film that goes way past any expectations any first time viewer can ever expect from it. Perfect visuals and a spellbinding performance from it’s lead actor. This, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, is a sequel of sorts to 2001 and it has a much larger cast but in terms of quality it’s much less than that.
I can’t exactly say it’s a “worthy” sequel to it’s predecessor but I can say it’s an interesting take on the source novel – which I’m now desperate to read. The ending is fantastic and a great parallel to that which we saw in 2001. Obviously it doesn’t even begin to touch on the first but like I say it’s a decent sequel.
Great performances all round but surprisingly the effects in 2001 are MUCH better even though this was made 16 years later. I guarantee Kubrick despised this and not just because it was a sequel to his film but because of the film itself.
Also worth mentioning is how on the day I watch this scientists discover ‘shallow lakes’ on Jupiter’s moon Europa which, if any of you have seen 2010 will know, holds a pretty important place in the plot of this film.
It’s not a dumb sequel and I was very impressed with how they handled this.