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. —allmovie guide
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Once you get over the sacrilege of not only making a sequel to 2001, but making it direct, prosaic, and sentimental, this is an absolutely not-bad sci-fi film that's had the decency to be largely forgotten, so the original can still stand alone.
My God, it's full of something, but it ain't stars (lol). After the brilliant "Outland", I had expected Hyams to do much better than this weak tripe. Good spfx for the time, but the script and performances are as hokey as a Roy Rogers western. Dumbest moment: Dave Bowman visiting his ex-wife by television image to tell her that "something wonderful" is going to happen. He's wrong. Even HAL is irritating in 2010. **
Exceeds expectations. While the special effects haven't dated as well as the ones in its predecessor, 2010 is otherwise a pretty damn good sci-fi movie. Really what it boils down to is that 2001 had more of Stanley Kubrick in it than Arthur C. Clarke, whereas 2010 feels more like a straight-up Clarke sci-fi story.
Highlights the brilliance of 2001 as a film without characters. Shortsighted - a decidedly 80's view of the future where Russia is the enemy (not collaborator). So wishy-washy that at various points seems like a sequel to Alien, Solaris or 2001, and the message is boggling. Laden with Western imperialism and I've never found Scheider appealing, but occasional moments of eeriness hint at a better film.
Abstract ideas: ruined. Interpretation: ruined. Tone: ruined. What's left: another boring, ultra-linear SFX exhibition. There's a reason Kubrick went out of his way to DESTROY ALL THE MATERIALS from 2001.
If you actually try to forget the superior 2001 is related at all to this (through source material), this isn't half as bad as it seems. Corny but strangely enjoyable, funny, and entertaining. Feels like a made-for-TV sci-fi. More like a poor version of Contact or Alien, than the elegant and high-art that 2001 achieved.
Has some of the least brave astronauts though.
Faisant suite à "2001 : l'Odyssée de l'Espace", ce nouveau film, tiré d'un roman du même auteur, ne cherche pas à rivaliser avec la précédente oeuvre de Stanley Kubrick, mais tente de répondre à certaines questions posées dans "2001". La plasticité sommaire des décors et les dialogues fastidieux déçoivent... www.cinefiches.com