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".
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.
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).
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.
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?
The first time I saw this I thought he said "I'll slap your nasty asshole all over this ship" to the lady doctor. Pretty sure I mis-heard him but I've never been able to disassociate that from the film.
Sean “It’s not the worst thing to slap a woman now and then" Connery stars in this deep space set High Noon remake that once again proves that CGI is no match for practical FX work.
The story is simple, a good man is sent to work in a lawless part of the world and there he finds himself at odds with those in power leading to a showdown where he alone must stand up. Connery is his usual gruff self and plays the role exactly as he does every other one, he's stoic and brooding and cuts quite the figure. The rest of the cast are good, though their stock characters make it a little hard for them to…
Thriller fantascientifico teso e solido, montato benissimo e dall'ottimo art direction, un po' tirato via nella scrittura ma avvincente. E Connery è praticamente perfetto
A bleak sci-fi take on High Noon. The joyless vibe is a little wearying after a while, and the action is little pay off after a long wait, but that's kinda the point. Nice tension, great sets and Connery and Boyle are both on form. Old school but cool.
A pretty decent little Wild West-inspired sci-fi thriller. It almost feels like it could belong to the same storyline universe as the original Alien with its tight, smoke and shadow-laden passageways, grimy engineering motifs, corporate greed-fueled villainy and a general close quarters tension that always lends itself to developing suspenseful chase scenes (whether the hunters be human assassins or pissed off Xenomorphs) and heightening the sense of claustrophobia. And when you have Sean Connery busting some heads and threatening corporate lackeys in the name of justice, those two things are capitalized on by director Peter Hyams to some solid action-packed ends, particularly in a series of cat and mouse chases near the end. Pretty cool to see a very young Clarke Peters (Freamon on The Wire for you kids unfamiliar with his awesomeness) in a small but important role later in the film.
An excellent sci-fi that plays with Western tropes fantastically, specifically High Noon. Peter Hyams seems to excel in creating these kinds of lived in hard sci-fi films, the production design is top notch and feels very real. The central performance from Connery is great and he definitely embodies the stoic sheriff archetype fantastically.
Solid stuff all round, definitely worth a watch.
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'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
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