Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
On Jupiter's moon something deadly is happening.
Thriller about an honest marshal in a corrupt mining colony on Io, Jupiter's sunless third moon, who is determined to confront a violent drug ring even though it may cost him his life. After his wife angrily deserts him, he waits alone for the arrival of killers hired by the company to eliminate him. Futuristic remake of "High Noon".
Film #29 of the March Madness 80s Sci-Fi Movie Challenge!
Gritty low budget film that maximizes its impact by pulling a "High Noon" in space! I was surprised that a film so low tech, low budget, so raw and unpolished could end up entertaining me! But I have to admit once the clock came into play the tension levels increased dramatically!
There's an alternative universe out there, somewhere, where Outland is rightly recognised as the minor sci-fi classic that it is.
While I am a recognised Peter Hyams fanboy, and he really is one of the most consistently enjoyable and entertaining directors that Hollywood have had in the last 40 years, I first saw Outland long before I cared about directors and stuff like that. The only previous Hyams film I'd seen was the marvellous Capricorn One, so the writing was on the wall.
What I think Outland proves is, given a director with multi-genre abilities and a keen imagination, you CAN almost directly transplant a story idea from one genre to another. In this case, westerns and sci-fi could not…
There once was a cop named O’Neil
Who bad guys he’d vanquish with zeal
Space boss gives him trouble
Sends assassins on double
By High Noon they've been made to squeal.
Yes, I watched it again. Yes, it's still awesome. Yes, it's still one of the most underrated sci-fi films of all time. Yes, it's still one of Sean Connery's best performances. Yes, Peter Hyams is still an under-appreciated director. Yes, that foot chase through the station is still brilliant.
I have reviewed Outland at length previously and I don't have anything to really add to that review, but I really like sci-fi films like this that are not really sci-fi films at all and have a real dirty, industrial feel and look to them. There's probably a list in there somewhere but I've no idea how I'd phrase it or if people would know what I'm on about.
Either way, one day someone's going to remake this, it will be shit, and this will be rediscovered for the excellent film it is and should have been recognised as such much earlier.
Nunca juzgo las opiniones de los demás, pero reventaría dentro de mi escafandra de minero si no dijera que me parece un desastre absoluto la puntuación en estrellitas que en general se le da en Letterboxd a 'Atmósfera Cero'. Es, sencillamente, una de las cumbres de la ciencia ficción de los ochenta (y es de 1981). Vista en una enorme pantalla de cine (la de la sala Phenomena de Barcelona) se aprecia bien lo extraordinario de su montaje (del gran Stuart Baird), la magnificiencia de sus decorados (ver la escala de las instalaciones mineras en relación a los cuerpos humanos es abrumador) y la magistral dirección de acción de Peter Hyams (la secuencia de la persecución que acaba en la pelea de la cocina es simplemente sublime).
Late '70s early '80s grimey science fiction movies are so refreshing. No shining utopias or false utopias; just filthy possible realities showing that humanity is still scum. The SeanCo kicks some asses and takes some names, there's sweet racketball with light up walls, and people explode in space suits.
What more could you want?
It's High Noon in space.
Tough as nails "sheriff" holds down
Fort in mining "camp."
Básicamente "High Noon" en el espacio, con Sean Connery en el papel de Gary Cooper.
En mi cabeza este film se desarrolla en el mismo universo que "Alien". No hay monstruos ni extraterrestres, pero el ambiente es demasiado similar y si cambiamos el nombre de la supercompañía de este film por "Weyland-Yutani" todo cobra sentido.
I feel betrayed by my fellow film-goers. No one has ever notified me about how good this movie is. And I've read a whole lot of film criticism.
Outland feels to me like what the Star Wars franchise is hoping to accomplish with Rogue One. It's a movie that's clearly influenced by Alien and could easily exist in the Alien universe but which doesn't feature an alien presence at all and rather focuses on a cop in a far-flung mining community.
This is much larger in scale than I expected. There are chase scenes which seem to go on and on through the station's corridors, mess hall and kitchens. They seem to extend forever.
The sets have a clear…
One of Connery's best performances ever. Tremendously subtle and world-weary, his Marshal takes on the bad guys to prove to himself that he's one of the good guys. It's been decades since I first saw it, and I was expecting a middling sci-fi action flick. That's pretty much what I got, but Connery kind of blew me away.
I remember reading Alan Dean Foster's adaptation of this in the early 80's before ever seeing the film. I like how Outland portrays working stiffs and blue collars in space like Silent Running, Dark Star, or Alien (Foster adapted the last two). It’s not deep sci-fi asking cosmic questions, there are no aliens or space battles, just a genre mash-up with Connery as a sheriff determined to get a job done and return to his family. Peter Hyams isn’t really a stylist but he turns in solid work in most of his sci-fi films. The action scenes are well shot and clear despite the claustrophobic nature of the facility. The lighting and composition creates some great atmosphere on sets that portray a gritty lived-in industrial look rather than a glorified or romantic idea of space.
This is what it looks like when Sean Connery gives a shit.
Es un western de viaje escuela (ni las furcias le faltan) mezclado con la grandeza de escenarios y el gusto por los detalles que sólo consiguen las mejores películas de scifi.
No hay muchos western espaciales por ahí, disfrutemos pues de este absoluto logro.
Outer space reimagined as West Virginia. Or maybe it's the other way around? Solid HIGH NOON riff that feels more than a little indebted to Dan O'Bannon.
High Noon in outer space with some derivative SF gimcrackery pasted to it (1981). Sean Connery is the federal marshal who must defend his town (here, a mining camp on a moon of Jupiter) by himself when the cowardly citizens desert him. Frances Sternhagen, spitting Eve Arden wisecracks, takes the Thomas Mitchell role as the alcoholic doctor. I didn't much like it the first time around, and the failure of director-writer Peter Hyams to put any weight whatever behind the moral issues (crude as they are) makes this merely violent nonsense. The production design, resourceful if not original, is by Philip Harrison; the flashy cinematography is the work of Stephen Goldblatt, who likes to put his lights on the floor. With Peter Boyle and Kika Markham.
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
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