STARRING: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain

1984, 114 Minutes, Directed by: Peter Hyams

The first question that comes to mind with this film is Why? Why make a sequel to film, that well, doesn't need one? Why make sequels in the first place except for motives of pure avarice? Sure, Kubrick's 2001 was intentionally ambiguous and left many unanswered questions in the viewer's mind, but that was the magic behind the film. And then, more than a decade later, they decide to do a sequel . . .

This sequel doesn't add anything to the original story. It still leaves (thankfully) some issues unanswered. Like its predecessor, there are some great moments of visual beauty to be found but this film is the ideological opposite of Kubrick's film: whereas there was twenty minutes of dialogue in the more than two hours long 2001, 2010 suffers from verbal diarrhea. Characters in this film talk a lot! And it is at moments like these that one wishes that they would rather have shut up, letting the stunning visuals speak for themselves.

But director Peter (Capricorn One, Outland) Hyams is telling an adventure tale and not scoring obscure philosophical points as Kubrick did in his film. All of this, of course, illustrates the difference in film making between the 'Sixties and 'Eighties: the 'Sixties proved to be a time of experimentation whilst the film makers in the 'Eighties seems more concerned with safe formulas and box office returns.

Nonetheless this Hyams film is imminently watchable and is recommended for those who disliked Kubrick's obscurity and found his film pretentious and slow-moving. Huge fans of 2001 will however be disappointed and outraged.


Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick: Not "ten-past-Eight" as some wags claim! 2001: A Space Odyssey purists may complain and sneer disdainfully, but this 1984 sequel based on the Arthur Clarke novel isn't as bad as it's often made out to be by Kubrick devotees. Taken purely on its own terms it's a rather well-made space adventure . . .



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