2010

2010



Production: MGM/UA Entertainment Company
  Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.8
Metacritic:
53
Rotten Tomatoes:
64%
PG
Year:
1984
116
590 Views

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
What was that all about?

Chandra:
I've erased all of HAL's memory from the moment the trouble started.

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
The 9000 series uses holographic memories, so chronological erasures would not work.

Chandra:
I made a tapeworm.

Walter Curnow:
You made a what?

Chandra:
It's a program that's fed into a system that will hunt down and destroy any desired memories.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
Wait... do you know why HAL did what he did?

Chandra:
Yes. It wasn't his fault.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
Whose fault was it?

Chandra:
Yours.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
Mine?

Chandra:
Yours. In going through HAL's memory banks, I discovered his original orders. You wrote those orders. Discovery's mission to Jupiter was already in the advanced planning stages when the first small Monolith was found on the Moon, and sent its signal towards Jupiter. By direct presidential order, the existence of that Monolith was kept secret.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
So?

Chandra:
So, as the function of the command crew - Bowman and Poole - was to get Discovery to its destination, it was decided that they should not be informed. The investigative team was trained separately, and placed in hibernation before the voyage began. Since HAL was capable of operating Discovery without human assistance, it was decided that he should be programmed to complete the mission autonomously in the event the crew was incapacitated or killed. He was given full knowledge of the true objective... and instructed not to reveal anything to Bowman or Poole. He was instructed to lie.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
What are you talking about? I didn't authorize anyone to tell HAL about the Monolith!

Chandra:
Directive is NSC 342/23, top secret, January 30, 2001.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
NSC... National Security Council, the White House.

Chandra:
I don't care who it is. The situation was in conflict with the basic purpose of HAL's design: The accurate processing of information without distortion or concealment. He became trapped. The technical term is an H. Moebius loop, which can happen in advanced computers with autonomous goal-seeking programs.

Walter Curnow:
The goddamn White House.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
I don't believe it.

Chandra:
HAL was told to lie... by people who find it easy to lie. HAL doesn't know how, so he couldn't function. He became paranoid.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
Those sons of b*tches. I didn't know. I didn't know!

[last lines]

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
My dear Christopher, this is the last time I'll be able to speak to you for a long while. I'm trying to put into words what has happened. Maybe that's for historians to do sometime later. They will record that the next day, the President of the United States looked out of the White House window and the Premier of the Soviet Union looked out of the Kremlin window, and saw the new distant sun in the sky. They read the message, and perhaps they learned something because they finally recalled their ships and their planes. I am going to sleep now. I will dream of you and your mother. I will sleep knowing that you are both safe, that the fear is over. We have seen the process of life take place. Maybe this is the way it happened on Earth millions of years ago. Maybe it's something completely different. I still don't know really what the monolith is. I think it's many things. An embassy for an intelligence beyond ours. A shape of some kind for something that has no shape. Your children will be born in a world of two suns. They will never know a sky without them. You can tell them that you remember when there was a pitch black sky with no bright star, and people feared the night. You can tell them when we were alone, when we couldn't point to the light and say to ourselves - 'There is life out there.' Someday, the children of the new sun will meet the children of the old. I think they will be our friends. You can tell your children of the day when everyone looked up and realized that we were only tenants of this world. We have been given a new lease and a warning from the landlord.

Victor Milson:
This is a most... difficult announcement. As you know, things have not been going well back home. Well, it's gotten worse - a lot worse. Yesterday, a Soviet destroyer challenged the blockade. Several warning shots were fired across her bow; she did not respond. A second volley was fired, there still was no response - none. The nuclear destroyer USS Cunningham launched two of her Falcon missiles. Both struck the Soviet vessel amidship. She broke in two and sunk. Eight hundred of her crew were lost. This morning, an American surveillance satellite was struck by a Soviet laser fired from the Sergei Kirov space station. The American satellite was destroyed. The United States has broken off diplomatic relations with Russia. All ambassadors have been recalled. The Soviet ambassador has been expelled, along with the entire staff. All American air defense and satellite defense forces are on full alert. Premier Ulanova made a televised address and said that technically, a state of war exists between our two countries. All American personnel are ordered to leave Soviet territory immediately or they will be placed under arrest. All Russian personnel are similarly ordered to evacuate American territory. As a result, by direct Presidential order, the three of you must leave the Leonov. No Russian citizen is allowed to remain on or is allowed to enter the Discovery; this order is effective immediately. The launch window for re-entry is 28 days. The Discovery has enough fuel for a low-consumption trajectory. HAL appears to be reactivated and is functioning well enough to operate the onboard systems. The Leonov has enough fuel for a low-consumption trajectory that will arrive 12 months earlier. The launch windows are critical for both spacecraft. Only communications of an emergency distress nature are allowed between the Leonov and Discovery. I know you people are caught in the middle of this; in a sense, we all are. I wish there was something I could do. The only thing left for us is to pray: pray for the safety of our families, for our countries, for our planet. May God forgive us... and protect us.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
[Looks around the table to see the cosmonauts all nervous and edgy; sighs, takes off glasses] All right, what's going on here?

Tanya Kirbuk:
What do you mean?

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
Well, I may not be the swiftest guy in the world, even when I'm not hung over, but I do seem to remember a process where you people ask me questions and I give you answers and then I ask questions and you give me answers and that's the way we find out things. I think I read that in a manual somewhere.

Tanya Kirbuk:
Your government wanted us to awaken you when we reported our findings. We did that. You are here to help us reactivate the Discovery and its computer systems because that is United States territory. You are authorized to observe other aspects of our mission. We have no other obligation.

Dr. Vladimir Rudenko:
A lot has happened while you have been asleep.

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
It is not our choice.

Tanya Kirbuk:
The problem in Central America is growing worse.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
This looks as if you've detected the presence of chlorophyll.

Tanya Kirbuk:
[interrupts him] The United States is threatening a naval blockade.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
[interrupts her in turn] There's nothing but ice down there so how can there be any chlorophyll?

Tanya Kirbuk:
[interrupts him again] You know and I know that my country cannot allow a blockade.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
How fast it is moving?

Tanya Kirbuk:
[continues to talk over him] We are under instruction...

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
Listen, just because our governments are behaving like asses doesn't mean we have to. We're supposed to be scientists, not politicians, how fast?

Tanya Kirbuk:
Doctor Floyd, I am also an officer of the Soviet Air Force...

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
HOW FAST?

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
One meter per minute.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
[speaking to her] Don't worry, I'm just observing.

[speaking to him]

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
Toward the sun?

Dr. Vasili Orlov:
Yes.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
That's incredible.

Tanya Kirbuk:
We are going to send a probe down.

Dr. Heywood Floyd:
GOOD.


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