While it’s fun to watch the anachronistic Cold War backstory play patty-cake Armageddon, and a pleasure to revisit some of the staggeringly effective designs from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 original, it’s hard to imagine any Sci-Fi film, even one of the late STAR WARS pics, more completely misrepresenting everything that made 2001 such a milestone. This ham-fisted sequel is closer in spirit, mood & plot to THE BLACK HOLE/’79 or FANTASTIC VOYAGE/’66 than to Kubrick’s seminal masterpiece, and the braggadocio bantering dialogue is merely the worst of the film's many shortcomings. Produced, directed, written & lensed by Peter Hyams; if only the talent equaled the chutzpah.
WATCH THIS, NOT THAT: 2001/'68. (Of course. But turn off the lights and find the biggest screen you can find.)
SPOILER ALERT: Did Arthur C. Clarke really want HAL 9000 to be resurrected and then die for our sins. Kind of 'bassackwards,' ain't it?