Movies that are slightly off.
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 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.
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…
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.
Watching this movie, I was reminded of the type of movie you would watch at home on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and that's definitely not a bad thing. It's a really good thing. That's how I've found some truly great movies, and this is no exception.
Great movie, great effects, great performances, this movie was an extremely fun watch, and I intend on revisiting it soon!
Taking its cue from the dirt under the finger nails working class astronaut slaving away for a big corporation,Outland (1981) borrows a lot from the first Alien movie with its industrial setting and disgruntled workforce.Federal Marshal William O'Niel (Sean Connery) is a new Marshall on mining colony run by Conglomerates Amalgamated,the running of which is over seen by manager Mark Sheppard (Peter Boyle). When a string of what looks like suicides start happening, Marshal William O'Niel uncovers an organised drug trafficking operation that is selling the drugs to the workforce to try and get there productivity up.Unfortunately the drug has some major psychotic side effects that send its users over the top and eventually mental.Federal Marshal William O'Niel…
Peter Hyams' outer-space riff on High Noon owes just as much to Alien, with its similarly gritty, workaday production design and its lush Jerry Goldsmith score. A slow-moving good time with a badass Sean Connery in the lead, a cool supporting cast, and multiple characters popping like overfilled balloons after exposure to the vacuum of space. Like I said, good times!
Remembered it being more of a High Noon remake, but that doesn't really start until over halfway in. The first half is more inspired by Alien with the focus on working people in space serving a ruthless corporation. The tone is even similar to Alien with its minimalistic score and claustrophobic atmosphere.
Once the High Noon elements kick in, Outland still differs by giving its hero a clear motivation for what he's doing. That makes him more heroic than Gary Cooper's character, but perhaps less interesting. Which isn't to say that Connery's guy is dull. He's definitely not and I like him quite a bit. I just didn't spend the whole movie wondering why he was doing what he was…
Spacecowboy Connery is rumblin' through the Spacebronx. Good characters, suspenseful atmosphere, good entertainment - it can be so easy...
The missing link between Alien and Blade Runner. Also I miss Connery.
My eye loves analog sets and effects, old school models, detailed composite shots; an abundance of these things makes it pretty difficult to not enjoy this, even if purely for aesthetics. But in comparison to High Noon, Hyams replaces Cooper's desire for law and order with an anti-capitalist undercurrent; Connery is there protecting the rights and freedoms of the workers against a faceless profit-driven corporation, sort of like Ripley in Aliens. Plus the action-to-exposition ratio was handled quite well, with workers succumbing to macabre space-drug fueled deaths pushing the story along and keeping things interesting.
In Outland, Sean Connery stars as a new marshal in a remote mining colony. His job is so demanding that his wife leaves him, taking their son with her. He then discovers high levels of corruption and drug dealing within the colony and vows to put an end to it. Practically everyone else doesn't want to get involved so it's up to him to set things right. Oh yeah, it's also in space.
This film is Ronald Reagan all the way. It's unsympathetically anti-drug and shares the conservative do-it-yourself one-against-all third act seen in High Noon. And it also takes place in space.
Except for a couple of James Bond type stunts near the end and a shocking amount of…
Director Peter Hyams goes for a sort of Silent Running/Andromeda Strain vibe of tense claustrophobia with minimalist dialogue and understated performances. He mostly pulls it off, there's some style and atmosphere and the tone's consistent and menacing.
But it all starts to fall apart if you look closely. The family and doctor are handled clumsily. The investigation serves the plot rather than reality (O'Neil destroys the drugs/evidence he finds for no apparent reason, once he's collected more he does nothing with it), and it's forgotten altogether once the high concept final act is introduced. We never even find out if he's made a case and will bring anyone to justice.
It's odd watching a childhood favourite many years later. I'd…
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff