This belated sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is directed by Peter Hyams. Roy Scheider plays the astronaut/skipper of a U.S.-Soviet space mission, sent to find out what happened to the missing Discovery flight that carried Keir Dullea into the beyond in the original 2001. Scheider's polyglot crew includes Americans John ...
This belated sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is directed by Peter Hyams. Roy Scheider plays the astronaut/skipper of a U.S.-Soviet space mission, sent to find out what happened to the missing Discovery flight that carried Keir Dullea into the beyond in the original 2001. Scheider's polyglot crew includes Americans John Lithgow and Bob Balaban (the latter a computer whiz, responsible for the notorious HAL 9000) and Russians Helen Mirren, Elya Baskin and Natasha Schneider. The reason for this international mixture is that the world is on the brink of nuclear war, and it is hoped that the space mission will assure east-west solidarity (in this respect, 2010 dates far more than 2001, given the collapse of the Iron Curtain). When the astronauts catch up with Dullea, still in orbit around Jupiter, producer/director/writer Hyams attempts to demystify the enigmatic climax of 2001. Arthur C. Clarke, author of the story upon which 2001 was based, appears in 2010 as a man on a park bench. Incidentally, the voice-over credited to Olga Mallsnerd is actually Candice Bergen. (The name Mallsnerd is a play on the name of one of the characters created by her ventriloquist father Edgar.) Hal Erickson, Rovi
Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea. Run time: 114 mins. Originally released: 1984. Language: English. (m70) VHS movie is ex-video club copy in excellent cond, with box in excellent cond inside a hard plastic case.
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When you see this entry in the catalogue, it reads: 2010 (1984). Could any connections to dating our civilization be more prophetic? 1984 came and went without incident. 2001, the first installment of this series, came and went without incident. We now live in 2010 and reality does not appear as if it will catch up this time either.
GENRE: SciFi near term solar system exploration
CAST: Roy scheider, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban, Helen Mirren and Keir Dullea
REVIEW: This is a very well imagined, scripted, planned, casted ans executed follow-up to the stellar 2001. It seems the aliens of the Monolith weren't quite through with us after our first encounter, where they just announced their existence. This time they have a message.
The DVD has a bonus features of a behind the scenes look of how the filming was achieved. Of special note is that Kubrick had all the hardware of 2001 destroyed so they couldn't show up in cheap future SciFi flicks. So, what we see here is a stunningly successful recreation of the models and hardware of the earlier episode. There is also interview footage with Arthur C. Clarke, the author.