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2010: The Year We Make Contact [Blu-ray]
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A new time, a new odyssey, a new chance to confront enigmas arising from the daring Jupiter mission of 2001. Crew members aboard the Leonov will rendezvous with the still-orbiting Discovery. And their fate will rest on the silicon shoulders of the computer they reawaken, HAL-9000. Based on Arthur C. Clarkes 2001: A Space Odyssey sequel, director Peter Hyams spellbinder nominated for 5 Academy Awards* stars Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Oscar winner** Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban and Keir Dullea.]]>
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Overall, if you enjoy science fiction films, you might enjoy this one.
Great story, great cast, great way to spend a couple hours.
The only thing to do is judge this film as a work in its own right -- and on that basis, it's a good, solid, thoroughly re-watchable film. The cast is first-rate, the screenplay hews very closely to Clarke's own sequel, and it does evoke that "sense of wonder" so vital to quality science-fiction. While offering some answers to the Big Questions raised by the original, it also maintains an aura of mystery, the feeling of mere mortals encountering forces beyond their imagination -- and perhaps managing to grasp a glimmer of what those forces might actually portend.
The obvious drawback for any viewer today is the political & technological sub-structure of the film. Clearly both aspects belong to the 1980s. But as with all good science-fiction, it addresses the issues of the day in which it was made, extrapolating from them; and the technology presented, as well as the special effects technology used to envision it, is top-of-the-line for its time. Let's face it, so many of the CGI special effects highly touted today will undoubtedly look just as dated some 30 years down the line. So what matters here is whether they did the best they could with what was currently available. I think they did, or at least came close enough.
And as for the political aspect, of course that part is dated now. However, it does reflect the time in which it was made, when the Reagan administration had revived & ramped up fears of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. In addition, the political changes since then only reinforce the basic message of the film, however preachy at times: the macho military posturing of power-besotted human beings is not only infantile & horribly dangerous, but it means absolutely nothing compared to the immensity & mystery of the Universe. We have intelligence, we have incredible potential, and we shouldn't be wasting it on destructive ideologies, creeds, nationalism, or just plain greed.
Yes, as a sequel to the magisterial "2001" this film must disappoint to some degree. But if you can set that aside & simply watch it as a strong adaptation of work by a grandmaster of science-fiction, then it comes off very well. It's not the transcendent experience of "2001" ...but it is quite entertaining & thoughtful, and worth many viewings. Recommended!
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