Sunday, September 28, 2014

Flick Pick: 2010:The Year We Make Contact

2010: The Year We Make Contact

Based on the original movie, and Arthur Clarke's follow up novel to 2001, this is an excellent sci fi flick in its own right. Peter Hyam's vision is also far more accessible and traditionally laid out than Kubrick's opus was, which makes it a bit more fun for the audience. Roy Scheider does very well as the former administrator left holding the bag when the original mission went sideways. Fifteen years gone by allows the story to drag in some of the world at large from the '80s, and push it forward to 2010. The somnolence and lower arc of the real space program by then is paralleled in the lesser vision of future technology, but the movie more than makes up for that with great human performances by John Lithgow, and Bob Balaban as the perfect personification of the inventor/father of HAL.

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