HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Whalebone Box, The
Hunt, The
Invisible Man, The
Honey Boy
System Crasher
Judy & Punch
Bacurau
Battling Butler
Vivarium
Seven Chances
Dogs Don't Wear Pants
Navigator, The
Knives Out
Hit!
Charlie's Angels
Passport to Shame
Le Mans '66
Keep Fit
Doctor Sleep
Friend or Foe
Brass Target
Mine and the Minotaur, The
Sky Pirates
Syncopation
Sea Children, The
Ghost of a Chance, A
Go Kart Go
Great Buster, The
Seventy Deadly Pills
Wings of Mystery
Treasure at the Mill
VFW
Crime Wave
Terminator: Dark Fate
Slithis
Antonio Gaudi
Oscar, The
Color Out of Space
Last Holiday
Zombieland: Double Tap
   
 
Newest Articles
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
Ozploitation Icon: Interview with Roger Ward
Godzilla Goes to Hollywood
Demy-Wave: The Essential Jacques Demy on Blu-ray
The Makings of a Winner: Play It Cool! on Blu-ray
Sony Channel's Before They Were Famous: A Galaxy of Stars
Start Worrying and Hate the Bomb: Fail-Safe on Blu-ray
Completely Different: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 2 on Blu-ray
Bash Street Kid: Cosh Boy on Blu-ray
Seeing is Believing: Being There on Blu-ray
Top Thirty Best (and Ten Worst) Films of the 2010s by Andrew Pragasam
Top of the Tens: The Best Films of the Decade by Graeme Clark
Terrorvision: A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s
Memories Are Made of This: La Jetee and Sans Soleil on Blu-ray
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
We're All In This Together: The Halfway House on Blu-ray
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
   
 
  2010 Contact
Year: 1984
Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain, Madolyn Smith, Dana Elcar, Taliesin Jaffe, James McMeachin, Mary Jo Deschanel, Elya Baskin, Saveli Kramarov, Oleg Rudnik, Natasha Shneider, Candice Bergen
Genre: Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: Dr Heywood Floyd (Roy Scheider) is busying himself at a radio telescope one day when he is interrupted by a Soviet representative who means to discuss something with him even if he is not interested. There have been great tensions between East and West recently, but here is a proposal that might bring them together: a space mission to Jupter. There had been such a project in the year 2001, but it had ended in mystery, with the crew apparently dead and the mission abandoned. Until now that is, because Floyd, an integral part of the first project, is invited to take part in an alliance to set out for Jupiter and find out precisely what is there...

If ever there was a film that didn't need a sequel it was 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the original author, Arthur C. Clarke, wrote one anyway and it duly turned up onscreen with some tweaking under the direction (and adaptation) of Peter Hyams. Retooled into an item of Cold War finger wagging, the result failed to catch on in the same way as its predecessor, perhaps because this time it became dated very quickly, but equally because they reduced the enigma of the concept into a banal, "Why can't we all just get along?" message.

The gigantic monolith in orbit around Jupiter is still there, but the last astronaut to survive, now presumed dead (Dave Bowman, played by a returning and remarkably well-preserved Keir Dullea), left a last record of his experience before he went: "My God, it's full of stars!" What does this mean, wonders Floyd as he breaks the news to his wife and young son that he will be going away for a long time, and so after a good twenty minutes of pussyfooting around we finally make it to space. At a point months later, Floyd is awoken from suspended animation as the Soviet spacecraft Leonov nears Jupiter.

And they have found something strange about one of the planet's moons, Europa, so send down a probe to investigate; a burst of signal erupts from a crater, one of many significant signals to be sent in the film. After that, it's on to the previous spacecraft, the Discovery, which is spinning in the void, apparently dead to the universe. In its favour, 2010 features some glorious special effects, matching 2001 to some extent, and the sequence where American engineer John Lithgow and Russian scientist Elya Baskin perform a spacewalk to the Discovery is one of the best in the movie. But the problems with this sequel can maybe be summed up by the fact that there's noise in space.

You wouldn't have got that in the Stanley Kubrick film, but this one is post-Star Wars so we get a lot of swooshes and atmospherics as as our explorers go about their business. You got the impression with 2001 that if you didn't like that attention to detail obsessively pored over then tough, this was the way Kubrick was doing it regardless, but here there's a lot of pandering to the audience. Humanity is on the brink of World War Three, and that's merely one of the eighties preoccupations you can tick off, along with computers. Yes, HAL 9000 is back, still impeccably voiced by Douglas Rain, but largely thrown away for a bit of suspense at the finale. Where a grand mystery might have enhanced the story, given it sense of the cosmic even, the monolith and its guardians here simply wave a magic wand to give us peace on Earth. It's this dilution that makes the whole production disappointingly corny. Music by David Shire.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 7127 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Peter Hyams  (1943 - )

American director, writer and cinematographer, mostly of standard genre movies: action, sci-fi, thriller, etc. After a career as a TV newsman (he was a Vietnam War reporter) he moved into films, writing and producing T.R. Baskin. A couple of TV movies later, on the big screen he made Busting, Capricorn One, Hanover Street, Outland, 2010, The Presidio, a remake of Narrow Margin, Stay Tuned, Timecop, Sudden Death, The Relic, End of Days, The Musketeer and A Sound of Thunder.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
Andrew Pragasam
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: