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.
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.
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
Un bon film de science fiction. Sans plus, mais méritant d'être vu, notamment parce que c'est la suite d'un des plus grands chef d'oeuvres du cinéma (mais il ne faut pas s'attendre au même niveau). Il faut regarder ce film et le comparer aux autres films qui sortaient à ce moment-là, pas seulement à 2001 (et si on fait cela, on constate que ça reste un très bon film).
The exact opposite of its predecessor in method and effect. Where Kubrick was mysterious, cerebral, graceful and evocative, Hyams is verbose, sentimental, clunky and simplistic. Even the use of 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' feels awkward instead of revelatory. All the wondrous cosmic enigma that made the '68 outing a cinematic milestone is reduced to a now outdated pacifist message against the Cold War. What a shame.
While it has its moments 2010 is flawed starting with the book. Just imagine what the sky would look like to astronomers and telescopes with Jupiter glowing bright as a small star in the night skies. Somehow it just doesn't work well for me. However, I would like to see 2061 made into a decent film...;)
cold war... bad... peace good... durrrr.r..... the only neat part was the reencountering with hal 9000,the rest was quite uninteresting. If I had forgotten about 2001 or if the film had tried to distinguish itself from 2001 a little more, it might have been better since the comparison was inevitable.
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. **