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2010: The Year We Make Contact, by Peter Hyams, based on the works by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke: a Film Review


Nine years have passed since the failure of the Discovery One mission.  Four crew were dead, the commander mysteriously disappeared, and the supercomputer HAL was quiet no matter how many times mission control tried to contact the ship.

As tensions continue to build between America and the Soviet Union, both are determined to find out what happened with the Discovery mission to Jupiter.  Eventually they come to a very wary truce as the Soviet ship will be ready before Discovery Two.  There will be a joint mission to discover the truth and hopeful recovery of Discovery One and HAL.

When the crew arrives they discover a variety of things they were not expecting from life on Europa, to the Discovery One and HAL, to a strange set of monoliths that appear in a burst of energy. 

Will we finally discover who or what created these strange items?  What does HAL have to say for himself?  And where did Bowman disappear to?

General Information:

-Genre: Science Fiction

-Creator: Peter Hyams based on the works by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke

-Length: 116 minutes

-Rating: G (for mild violence and gore, very mild language, moderate frightening and intense scenes) – Noted that this movie was released in 1968 so take the rating as you will…

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Roy Scheider, Jon Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Blaban, Keir Dullea

-Page of Reference in RP1: 107

Review (contains spoilers):

Blah.  These are a struggle for me which is why I decided to review them first thing this month.

Just like the first movie I tried to put myself in the mindset of when it was created not thirty some odd years later when I am used to a very different style of movie and show in the science-fiction world.  But it is really hard.

Unlike other films I take issue with my struggle isn’t with the cinematography (which I actually like in this film) or the special effects (quite proficient for the 1980s)…it’s the story.

I really felt like the first film and novel were fine how they were.  The ending was odd but not super unsettling.  The story line was wrapped up quite well…and for how trippy the film was everything felt mostly settled.  I didn’t feel a pressing need to know where the monoliths came from or what else they may have been doing in the universe.  The mystery of them was just compelling enough to keep me reading the book and interested in the film.

To me this just felt a bit forced.  But maybe I’m just reading into it because the movie was just ok.

I’m not sure what else to say other than its fine.  Watch it if you feel compelled to but honestly you aren’t missing much.  The first one was better and worth the watch.


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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