2010: The Year we Made Contact (1984)

index“I don’t know if HAL is homicidal, suicidal, neurotic, psychotic, or just plain broken.” Dr. Heywood Floyd

Number of Times Seen – Numerous (Video, DVD, 1 Jun 2013)

Brief Synopsis – 9 years after the events of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) a joint US-Soviet mission is sent back to Jupiter to find out what happened to the crew of the Discovery

My Take on it – I had seen 2010 numerous times on cable as a kid and always enjoyed it.  Having re-watched it after viewing the original, the movie has new meaning for me.  I now know what questions they were trying to get answered and was quite satisfied with the answers given.

This movie was based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke so there are little to no continuity errors in the story since he wrote the original also.  He wrote the book in the early 80’s where the US-Russian cold war was still at it’s height.  It seems somewhat funny watching a vision of that conflict and it’s escalation after the turn of the century.

Great cast – Roy Scheider, Hellen Mirren, John Lithgow and Bob Balaban.  It was nice that they could get Keir Dullea and Douglas Raine to reprise their roles from the original.

Bottom Line – A fitting sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) that answers many of the unanswered questions from the original. Recommended

Rating – Globe Worthy

5 thoughts on “2010: The Year we Made Contact (1984)

  1. I’ve actually seen 2010 but never 2001. It was good, but I really struggled with the ending. Both the mechanics, and the ‘goodness’ of it. I’m being vague because I don’t want to give any spoilers away! 🙂


    • yes Loren. The ending is some what weak, but I was referring more to the fact that it was a great companion piece to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). It’s not great as a standalone movie.I suggest that you see 2001 and it might enhance your experience of 2010. Although I havent done so, apparently the books explain it even better.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting


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