Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1984. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Peter Hyams, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Cinematography by Peter Hyams. Produced by Peter Hyams. Music by David Shire. Production Design by Albert Brenner. Costume Design by Patricia Norris. Film Editing by Mia Goldman, James Mitchell. Academy Awards 1984.
Superb sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s milestone classic, but if you’re expecting more of the same, you’ll be severely disappointed. Instead of attempting to make another ground breaking, artistically-minded brainwarp, Peter Hyams goes the conventional route of science-fiction adventure. Following the mysterious conclusion of the first film, a joint American-Russian expedition is undertaken to travel to Jupiter and discover what happened to the spaceship that originally went there. Astronauts Roy Scheider, John Lithgow and Helen Mirren are among the group who go on a journey to the stars, and the stunning visual effects really make you feel like you’re up there with them. The film even answers a few of the questions that 2001 raised, but it doesn’t spoil the experience, so don’t worry, the enigmas of Kubrick’s masterpiece remain undisturbed.