You’d have to be crazy to try and make a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s genre-defining 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, it turns out someone not only had that idea but got it made too.
Released in 1984, 2010: The Year We Make Contact is an adaptation of author Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 sequel, 2010: Odyssey Two. The big reason why 2010 is so often overlooked is that Kubrick had nothing to do with it. Instead, the film was directed by Peter Hyams, who deliberately went out of his way to try and make something that didn’t ape Kubrick’s filmmaking aesthetic.
Whereas 2001 is a highly sensory viewing experience, Hyams’ film has more of a traditional narrative that is easier to follow. He also stuffs his sequel with characters who feel human in a bid to create a more emotionally engaging film. Unfortunately for Hyams, this has helped make 2010 quite unpopular among fans of Kubrick’s film.
If you can set aside the legacy of 2001, there’s a lot to like about 2010, which is arguably a sci-fi classic in its own right.
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