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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).
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?
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.
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.
"I'm unpleasant, I'm not stupid. I can count." - Dr. Lazarus
I liked this. It's no Alien, but it's very entertaining. A drug bust in space! Get em Sean! Sean Connery in his middle age prime. Peter Boyle made the perfect antagonist. And I adore Frances Sternhagen, who I think had the best lines. Nice set design for its time, and good direction. The film shows its age, but I didn't mind.
Though Outland was released in 1981, it looks like a typical 70s sci-fi movie, like Saturn 3.
Science fiction set in a morally grimy future that is conceived as a continuation of capitalist exploitation in space. Sean Connery is the new federal district marshal on Io (a volcanic moon of Jupiter), who learns that Peter Boyle, the boss of the mines on Io, is selling the workers amphetamines that keep them speeding for 10 or 12 months, until they go berserk and kill themselves or attack others. When Connery destroys a shipment of the drug, Boyle sends for hired killers, and, just as in HIGH NOON, the one lone good man finds he has to fight by himself. The sets are great--the industrial-nightmare city on Io is like the offspring of a gigantic pipe organ and an…
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Task 15/16 A 1980s sci-fi or fantasy film
Scavenger Hunt Mini #1 (November 2016)
A mansh got to do what a mansh got to do.
You may be thinking that there's nothing more to Outland than High Noon in outer space. And you'd be right. There really is nothing more to it.
A newly assigned cop at a mining outpost on Io crosses swords with the general manager who is responsible for trafficking drugs which increase productivity but which also drives the workers psychotic.
That's it, that's all there is and it's all the better for that. But the really smart thing here is to dodge the bullet and put a real actor,…
My favorite image in this film is the zero gravity detention cell, in which the prisoner is held in a suit and basically tortured by the inability to feel solid ground beneath his feet.
This is a film that takes place on a moon of Jupiter, but the characters use shotguns and sniper rifles from the 20th century. Sean Connery takes out a guy by tricking him into shooting his rifle at the wall that separates him from the vacuum of space. That guy really should have known what he was getting into.
I mean, come on, Moonraker came out two years before this and had frickin' lasers. Why are they using shotguns and rifles here? Because this is a…
How have I never seen Outland? I love sci-fi stuff, I grew up watching sci-fi stuff, this came out when I was five so it was readily available for most of my life. Maybe I had a slight reaction to Old Man Connery and his ill-fated 80s Bond comeback? I really don't know but it's nice to check this one off the watchlist. I've actually owned it on DVD for quite some time and never got around to it.
Outland is a Western, only in space. It was originally written as a Western before being transported to Jupiter's moon Io and a grimy mining colony. It has the mood of Alien, right down to the opening credits sequence, but the…
- starker Start
- schönes Setting
- tolle Miniaturarbeit
- aber ab Minute 30 schwaches Skript
- sich teilweise vollkommen unlogisch verhaltende Charaktere
- Score leider nur Mittelmaß
- Ende nur schwer verständlich
Connery in a sci-fi action movie....and he is GREAT!!! Should have done more like this instead of James Bond-like crap that plagued most of his career. The Untouchables another great Connery role.
A solid, workmanlike film that dulls a bit in the last act, Outland is nonetheless an exciting and well-made film. Sean Connery and Frances Strenhagen (Cliff Clavin's mom!) have great chemistry, and the cinematography complements the production design well. Some may say that it feels like an Alien ripoff at times, and that's fair, but anyone looking for a good old-fashioned sci-fi film with practical effects and a good star turn won't be disappointed here at all. Shame that the ending is so abrupt...
MY THREE WORDS
Measured, smart, blue-collar.
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