While planet Earth poises on the brink of nuclear self-destruction, a team of Russian and American scientists aboard the Leonov hurtles to a rendezvous with the still-orbiting Discovery spacecraft and its sole known survivor, the homicidal computer HAL.
Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!
The film creates a perfect balance between action and depth of basic needs, in the midst of an infertile atmosphere.
The best films of this genre always show a path and provide a takeaway for being a better person.
This film eschews the fantasy and philosophical aspects of 2001 to show a scientifically realistic portrayal of space flight. The depiction of the realities of space travel make this seem like a more realistic nuts and bolts film, and the characters are more important than in the original which was more balletic in its depictions. This is a vastly different film to 2001, but one that is a good sci fi in its own right.
With the 50th Anniversary of the original film coming up we sat down to watch it a few weeks ago - it still stunned, inspired and left me in awe. So, why not watch the sequel, right? Well, I feel soiled now... even putting aside the fact that 2010 was made before CGI (and obviously so was the first film) the special effects we laughable. The sets were cheap, the costumes unoriginal and cheap, the acting was dreadful and WORST OF ALL the soundtrack was, was, was... I just wanted to drill my ears out. One of the many amazing parts of the film 2001 was the musical score coupled with the absolute lack of sound - as it should be in space... here we had endless canned orchestral tracks to "set the mood" which at times were so distracting it was hard to know what was going on. We had sound in space (which a lot of other films do too), but we already had the precedence of the first film - no one would have faulted Hyams for continuity there.The casting in this film is just so bad - John Lithgow CAN'T be taken seriously, Roy Schneider doesn't fit the role, the "Yakov Smirnoff " look-alike was dreadful. The dialog was idiotic - the lack of professionalism by the crew, their childish expressions, the pointless banter, etc, etc - all so unrealistic, pointless to the film and distracting. I still have no idea who that random female crew member was that popped into Schneider's bunk for the laughably cheesy depiction of the atmospheric deceleration.The entire opening sequence with Schneider and his family could go - especially since later in the film in his overlaid messages to his family, he barely expresses feelings about them or says any lovey-dovey stuff - instead he talks about the mission - so why did we have to suffer through "getting to know" his family? Then there are all the inconsistencies concerning gravity or the lack of. In one scene, Schneider puts two pens into a free float to illustrate the two ships - WAIT, WHAT? All this time I'm working on the assumption that there is false gravity in that module because there is ABSOLUTELY no attempt by the film makers to illustrate zero G! When Dr. Chandra is in HAL's CPU it looks like he is standing on a rotisserie with some low paid stage hand rotating him... and he looks constipated to boot. I could go on and on.And, "SAL"... PLEEAAAASEEEE!I'm so upset by 2010... If you love the first film, STAY AWAY from this one.
Josef Roesler (madwand6)
I gave 2001 a 1 rating as I'm not into pretentious artsy foolishness. Probably an hour was given to long, loud videos of imagery that did nothing for the story. So this movie actually had a plot and told a story. It still leaves you hanging with questions, but at least I didn't fall asleep 4X while watching it, as I did in the original.
the main failure of this film is that it fails to go from the build up to that "something wonderful", to some kind of stasis or moment that make you really believe that something has changed and governments would change from the war path they were headed towards.by showing so directly the "mystery" (therefore making it no mystery at all) the sense of wonder goes out of the window and what should have been a decent climax for the film collapses.as some people said before, technology and graphics might be outdated, but someone focusing on that might do better not watching films produced more than 6 years.as per the relationship with computers and AI, it is surprisingly handled in too little time even it is meant to be one of the main concerns since the beginning of the film. somehow it feels a rushed production, probably in order to keep it under the 2 hour mark. It would have been great seeing more development regarding that subject.