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2010: The Year We Make Contact 1984 Subtitles

A belated sequel to Stanley Kubrick's '2001 - A Space Odyssey' (1968) - an earlier Arthur C. Clarke novel. Nine years after the Jupiter voyage of Discovery went mysteriously awry, the Soviet Union and United States team together to launch a salvage operation, despite being on the brink of nuclear war. The questions to which the crew seek an answer include ascertaining what happened to the ship'...

Starring:
Bob Balaban, Roy Scheider
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Science Fiction
Director Peter Hyams
Starring Bob Balaban, Roy Scheider
Supporting actors Keir Dullea, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Captions and subtitles English Details
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2010 is a very, very different film from 2001: A Space Odyssey. In 2001, the first twenty minutes are completely devoid of dialogue; in 2010, the first twenty minutes are packed full of dialogue that attempt to explain, from the perspective of the people back on Earth, what happened to the Discovery mission nine years earlier. The stage is set for another trek to Jupiter- this time frought with danger (aerobraking around Jupiter, encountering strange readings from Jupiter's moons) instead of 2001's sedate ballet.

So 2010 gets maligned, I think, for being so utterly different from 2001, and for not having the kudos of Stanley Kubrick attached.

However I think that's unfair. The special effects were no less stunning (but by 1984 cinema audiences were used to spaceships, more so than by the 1968 original). The mystery is unravelled neatly, with some good performances, especially John Lithgow and Bob Balaban. The drama's handled extremely well, with an occasional flash of humour.

It still has Arthur C Clarke's novel firmly at its root, so as a science fiction story, it's a brilliant one.

In some ways it's very dated- the not-so-cold war between Russia and the US couldn't now happen in the way it unfolds in this film- but putting some of that aside, it is a really good sci-fi film that manages to both suffer and benefit from being in 2001's shadow. Definitely worth a look, especially at Amazon's current bargain price.

This DVD has no extras, which is a shame.
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I saw 2001 around 1970 and thought it was awesome. Then I saw it again recently and thought it was a bit slow, although the special effects were still awesome and the overall experience was still one of wonder, especially considering that it was made nearly fifty years ago. So I approached 2010 not quite sure what to expect. We have now become accustomed to fantastic graphics and special effects in almost every film we see. 2010 was made in 1984 using broadly the same techniques as 2001, ie CGI as we know it now was only in its infancy. So relying heavily on purely photographic effects and physical models 2010 was made in much the same manner as 2001. The main difference was that 2010 had a more definable story line. It was still a little weird and the ending was just as unsatisfying but it somehow held together better. To sum up, 2001 was an abstract ballet of special effects with beautiful music while 2010 dispensed with much of the music and concentrated on telling a story. I quite liked it although it did not have the 'wow' factor that I remember from my first viewing of 2001.
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2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT [1984] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Space Fiction Of A Superior Kind!

A new time, a new odyssey, a new chance to confront enigmas arising from the daring Jupiter mission of 2001. Crew members aboard the Leonov will rendezvous with the still-orbiting Discovery. And their fate will rest on the silicon shoulders of the computer they reawaken, HAL-9000. Based on Arthur C. Clarkes ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ sequel, and director Peter Hyams spellbinder was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and stars Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban and Keir Dullea.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: ‘2010: The Year We Made Contact’ was nominated for five Academy Awards which are as follows: Best Art Direction for Albert Brenner and Rick Simpson. Best Makeup for Michael Westmore. Best Visual Effects. Best Costume Design for Patricia Norris. Best Sound Presentation for Michael J. Kohut, Aaron Rochin, Carlos Delarios and Gene Cantamessa. The film was also nominated for three Saturn Awards; Best Science Fiction Film, Best Costumes for Patricia Norris and Best Special Effects for Richard Edlund. ‘2010: The Year We Made Contact’ won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1985. Sir Arthur C. Clarke appears as a man on a park bench outside the White House (which is out-of-frame in the pan-and-scan version, but visible in the letterboxed and widescreen versions).
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2001 - A Space Odyssey is an incredibly influential film which offers an immersive film experience which borders on the spiritual, it's worthy of being called a masterpiece and is regarded as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever created. The sequel never manages to climb out from the shadow of the '68 classic but it is still a great work of science-fiction which does justice to the Arthur C Clarke novel.

2010 begins with an on-screen text prologue 'mission report' which summarises the events of 2001 (not an easy task!). It provides the essential facts to refresh the memory banks of any who haven't seen it for a while or for those who for reasons beyond comprehension, haven't seen it. It's obvious that the Discovery Mission is still a contentious issue with both American and Russian missions planning to meet with the stricken ship to find out what happened. With the Russians further ahead and the Americans in possession of the knowledge to bring HAL-9000 back online, a joint venture is inevitable. Given the cold-war nature of world politics the teaming up is a highly symbolic one, but during the long mission relations down on Earth worsen and the world edges into war. The human tendency to obliterate each other is far from the minds of those orbiting Jupiter however...

The mixed American and Russian crew find it difficult to integrate initially, but moments of joviality between crew members ("what's Russian for 'stupid'? ..That's me") and the threat of obliteration help to gel them together. It picks up nicely from 2001 and there's a great feeling of nostalgia when see the Discovery for the first time, but that's nothing compared to the re-awakening of HAL.
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