Will there be peace in our time?

2010: The Year We Make Contact

Released December 7, 1984

IN SOCIETY. Problematic Russian/American relations caught the public attention during the 1980s.

The sequel to 1968’s cult science fiction phenomenon 2001 A Space Odyssey is an entirely contrasting stylistic work. The optimistic emphasis of ‘peace in our time’ remains the same, however.

The finale of 2001 left the black monolith residing near Jupiter a mystery, a ship’s central computer HAL terminated, and the remaining crewmember, Dr David Bowman, presumed dead. A team of Russians and Americans travel to Jupiter to discover what happened to that ship (Discovery 1).

Americans Dr Heywood Floyd (this time played by Roy Scheider), now a university lecturer, Chandra (Bob Balaban), the designer of HAL, and an engineer (John Lithgow) – are propelled into space with their Cold War enemies during a period of national tension between the two nuclear power states.

Problematic Russian/American relations caught the public attention during the 1980s and is a scenario elaborated on in “2010”. In the film, the solution to these problems is the lingering evolutionary optimism that featured in the earlier film. One doubts, on the argument that evolution is indeed false, that we’ll see the solution.

Richard Elmund offers, even when viewed in the new millennium, convincing special effects, but 2010 lacks the style, contemplation, drama, seriousness. and impact of its predecessor. There are less ethereal touches than 2001 – but one such moment is when the “dead” Bowman reappears and utters “something wonderful is going to happen” to his mother through a television.

Although it poses but does not answer the questions in the plot, 2010 is involving and suspenseful, a genuinely likeable and satisfying film.

Reviewed by Peter Veugelaers.

Published 2002, Entertainmentnutz.com/Movies. Augmented 2022.

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