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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Vintage featurette 2010: The Odyssey Continues; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Peter Hyams wrote and directed this financially successful but hugely disappointing sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, that revisits many of the mysteries introduced by that earlier picture. The story concerns a group of astronauts played by Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren and others, who travel to Jupiter to learn what became of interstellar voyager Dave Bowman, the spaceship Discovery, and the computer HAL 9000. The combination of the central premise and the movie's star power sounds tantalizing enough that it isn't difficult to see why MGM/UA greenlit the project. Though creating any sequel to 2001 means setting the bar exceptionally high, 2010 falls far shorter than one might expect. The delight of the Kubrick film lay in its enigmatic qualities - the cosmic riddles that it outlined but never solved. In attacking this sequel, some critics have accused Hyams of deflating Kubrick's mysteries. This isn't exactly true - we never learn the origins of 2001's monoliths, for example, or the true nature of the embryonic Star Child. What we get, instead, is in many ways far more upsetting: a series of constant promises that "something wonderful is going to happen" and then an idiotic conclusion that desecrates the movie - and that seems ripped-off from the denouement of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Even more unfortunate is the fact that Hyams avoids creating the sort of timeless science fiction parable that he could have constructed, and instead ties the picture's conclusion to mid-1980s Cold War tropes and ideologies - which makes the film feel hopelessly dated. To its credit, 2010 does contain some excellent performances by its three leads. It also benefits from excellent special effects (created by Dick Edlund) that outstrip the original. From scene to scene, Edlund and Hyams skillfully bring off the haunting vastness of space, and a few sights here (such as the out-of-control Discovery, spinning frenetically on its central axis above Jupiter, and a bizarre aberration that eventually forms on that planet's surface) are chilling to behold. But why the decision to almost completely omit the Star Child from the drama? For two hours, promised by the film's posters, we wait for that magnificent being to materialize - rounding the bend of one of the planets or suddenly manifesting itself as a colossal entity in space. But that never happens; instead, it only appears for a couple of seconds as a tiny apparition in one of the spaceships. Lame. Fans of the original picture who haven't seen this dud are strongly advised to avoid it altogether; it's a senseless waste of time and effort from all concerned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • UPC: 883929051069
  • Original Release: 1984
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,237

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Scheider Heywood Floyd
John Lithgow Walter Curnow
Helen Mirren Tanya Kirbuk
Bob Balaban R. Chandra
Keir Dullea Dave Bowman
Douglas Rain Voice Only
Madolyn Smith Caroline Floyd
Dana Elcar Dimitri Moisevitch
Taliesin Jaffe Christopher Floyd
James McEachin Victor Milson
Mary Jo Deschanel Betty Fernandez
Elya Baskin Maxim Brailovsky
Savely Kramarov Vladimir Rudenko
Oleg Rudnick Vasali Orlov
Vladimir Skomarovsky Yuri Svetlanov
Victor Steinbach Mikolai Ternovsky
Jan Triska Alexander Kovalev
Herta Ware Jessie Bowman
Arthur C. Clarke Man on Park Bench
Olga Mallsnerd Voice Only
Technical Credits
Peter Hyams Director
M. James Arnett Stunts
William S. Beasley Asst. Director
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Fine Effort to Make a Mediocre Story Interesting

    If you read the novel you will find there is one thing in common with the film, both are sequels that seem to have potential but do not live up to one's expectations. Having seen the film in 1984 the one thing that remains is its mediocrity. The film really has not aged well, which is one thing it does not share with it's predecessor, which having been produced some 22 years or so prior, remains a masterpiece film. It is not the fault of the director of this film, Peter Hyams. Nor may it be suitable for comparison but the movie is the sequel. The story is just mediocre. It seems that my choice to purchase this film was completely obligatory in some ways but I cannot say I completely dislike the film. The film tries to add some subtlties that were in the "2001" novel but not in the "2001" film (probably should have been). The one thing that is interesting is that the tension portrayed in the film between the U.S. and Soviets was a necessary addition to the plot because the plot in the novel lacks any sort of tension or significant adversity. This fact, actually makes the film better than Clarke's novel. Overall, if you were impressed by "2001" and looking for a bit closure to the story than definitely take a look at "2010".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great book made into a half-baked movie.

    What is faithful to the book is spectacular, in particular the scene where they find the Discovery spinning end-over-end in Jovian orbit. But Peter Hyams' half-baked politics kill a lot of the fun of the book. In the book, while there still was a Soviet Union, there was a far greater level of comraderie between the crews and there was NO impending nuclear war! And what was with that bizarre whirly-gig on the Leonov? They also cast a white guy as the Indian creator of HAL. The movie is best where it sticks closely to the compelling novel, which it does only half the time. The sad part is that Arthur C. Clarke did collaborate with Hyams in the making of the film, much as he did with Stanley Kubrick in the FAR better original film.

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    Posted September 28, 2009

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