Here it is, article 2010. Enjoy.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Roy Scheider as Heywood Floyd

John Lithgow as Walter Curnow

Helen Mirren as Tanya Kirbuk

Keir Dullea as Dave Bowman

Douglas Rain as HAL 9000

Screenplay by Peter Hymans, based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel

Directed by Peter Hyams

Complete information is available from the IMDB.

This DVD release includes English and French audio, and English, French, and Spanish subtitles.


An international mission to uncover the fate of the Discovery has some unexpected results.

High Point

HAL’s last broadcast.

Low Point

Pens are weightless, but people aren’t?

Some Additional Words

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 was a film. This, on the other hand, is a movie. For my definition of the distinction, see the 2001 review linked earlier in this paragraph.

The Scores

This is a decent adaptation of a novel. It is, however, pretty cerebral for a period when Hollywood thought sci-fi should be flash and bang action. I give it 3 out of 6 for originality.

The effects are mixed. Several are good (the Europa shots, for example), while others (the weightless pens) are really lousy. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story in the novel is good, and this leaves it intact, politics and all. It also goes out of its way to reintroduce the human element that Kubrick so deliberately removed from his film. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting is pretty good. Some of the Russians are unconvincing in their accents, which seem to take up most of their efforts. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response is great. The human element this includes makes it far easier to identify with the characters, and to care about what happens to them. Add in some really neat scientific discoveries, and the scientist in me is hooked for the duraction. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production is competant, but never truly exceptional. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good movie, whether you’re a sci-fi fan or not. Even those uncultured drones who don’t enjoy 2001 can find pleasure in this. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, 2010: The Year We Make Contact receives 31 out of 42.