THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT.
In 2010, a joint Russian-American expedition goes to Jupiter to find out what happened to the crew aboard the Discovery. The sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is actually completely superfluous. It doesn’t achieve anything that the original didn’t, but those in the audience who didn’t get it the first time might appreciate this one. Regardless of whether you’ve seen the first film or not you’re bound to enjoy the outstanding visual effects, the tense suspense surrounding the mystery of Discovery, the good performances, as well as the story that continues on one of the central themes of the original, the hope of a peaceful future for our Earth.
1984-U.S. 114 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced, written, photographed and directed by Peter Hyams. Novel: Arthur C. Clarke. Visual Effects: Richard Edlund, and others. Cast: Roy Scheider (Heywood Floyd), John Lithgow (Walter Curnow), Helen Mirren (Tanya Kirbuk), Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea, Madolyn Smith. Voices of Douglas Rain, Candice Bergen.
Trivia: Genesis member Tony Banks wrote a music score that was eventually rejected. Clarke has a small cameo in the film.
Quote: “My God, it’s full of stars.” (Dullea’s opening line)
Last word: “MGM asked me to make the film. I adamantly said NO. The very last thing I wanted, was to be compared to arguably the greatest director in the world. They kept after me, and after reading the book, I said that I would do it under two conditions: One…Stanley Kubrick must approve me as the director…. and two… I wanted to make a fundamental change in the story. In the book, the Russians and the Americans make this incredible journey, and everything is smoother than silk between. This is 1984…Ronald Reagan was President, and the Cold War was reaching its apogee. I come from a highly politicized family. My stepfather, who was a musician, was blacklisted, and his career was virtually destroyed. I said that I wanted the story to be about this small group of Russians and Americans, who were scientists, making this voyage, while all hell was breaking loose on Earth… and the stupidity of their respective governments, when juxtaposed with the enormity of what was going on in the universe. Arthur Clarke had to approve this, and approve of me writing it. He did… and we wound up with a very close relationship… one that I cherish. Once I decided to do it… I felt my charter was to make a film so unlike ‘2001’ in tone and style, that it couldn’t fairly be compared to it.” (Hyams, VanDammeFan.Net)
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