In this sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a joint American- Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to discover what went wrong with the U.S.S. Discovery against a backdrop of growing global tensions. Among the mysteries the expedition must explain are the appearance of a huge black monolith in Jupiter's orbit and the fate of H.A.L., the Discovery's sentient computer. Based on a novel written by Arthur C. Clarke.Written by
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In 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), HAL tells Dave that his teacher was Mr. Langley. In this film, we are told that Dr. Chandra (Bob Balaban) was his teacher. This is actually not a continuity error. The novelization of 2001 identifies Dr. Chandra as HAL's teacher, but Stanley Kubrick changed that name for the film. Peter Hyams may not have known this, as he didn't make the corresponding change for this film. Mr. Langley and Dr. Chandra are really meant to be the same character. See more »
When Dr Chandra is explaining why HAL-9000 malfunctioned and killed the crew, he revealed information that was classified "TOP SECRET" in the presence of Dr Vasili Orlov. Dr Chandra would have known better than to divulge top secret information in the presence of a Soviet military officer. Dr Floyd and Dr Curnow didn't even react to this obvious violation of protocol. However, the "top secret" information (namely the discovery of the monolith on the moon in 1999 and the larger monolith near Jupiter) was now public knowledge and so no secret information had been divulged. See more »
When I saw 2001, I thought how brilliant a piece of film it turned out to be. Many people could not understand the meaning of the Monolith, but its meaning became clear in this sequal 2010. The acting is first rate throughout, with superb casting and Roy Scheider in one of his best films since Jaws.
The atmosphere generated by both films (more so, this one) is down to the excellent writing behind them. Arthur C.Clarke had a vision of a future and although he admits being 100 years out (talking today) there will be a time when computers like the HAL 9000 and expeditions into space take place just like in the films.
I only hope that sometime in the future, the two novels 2060 and 3001 will make it from paper to film.
I recommend this film to anyone, it is enjoyable for all the family.
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