2010 (1984, USA) C-116m. SCOPE *** D: Peter Hyams. Starring Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea, Dana Elcar, voices of Douglas Rain, Candice Bergen. Suspenseful follow-up to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968), a film that would have needed no sequel. Scientist Scheider joins a Russian space crew in a mission to the abandoned Discovery spaceship near Jupiter to find out what went wrong in the original mission with Dullea. Can HAL 9000 be reactivated? Complicating things is a Cold War crisis between Russia and the U.S., which might jeopardize the mission. A satisfying concoction, with superb effects and believable performances, a winner. Written and photographed by director Hyams. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel, which was followed by another (unfilmed) sequel, 2061. Clarke has a cameo on a park bench.

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