On Jupiter's moon something deadly is happening.
In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.
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.
A noir western hybrid thriller set in space! It's a genre fans delight despite the fact that it's not really science fiction at all. An enjoyable and well made film with some great character actors, Connery not as Bond and a young Clarke Peters. It feels a little ordinary and conventional in 2013 but in a world where Alien was still new and fresh there should have been plenty of room for Sean Connery running around a space station with a shotgun taking down a drug smuggling ring with the help of a black man and an actual real female character that wasn't a plot device, a wife, or a love interest (played perfectly by Frances Sternhagen.) Peter Hyams really doesn't seem to get enough praise when in comes to discussions about directors, I'm going to add him to my 3 person list alongside such interesting and neglected filmmakers as Stuart Rosenberg.
Widely known as "High Noon in space" in about 90% of the reviews that have ever been written about it in the media, after my fourth viewing of Outland I think it's safe to say that there is a lot more going on with this film than it gets given credit for.
A minor early 80s box office flop that got rather lost in a mass of exceptional sci-fi thrillers around that time before and after, it deserves to be rediscovered. Unfortunately, that will probably only happen when it gets remade one day - something that has been on the cards since 2009, apparently.
The High Noon comparisons are fair enough to a point, but only really in the last…
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A damn good sci-fi thriller that has a bit of a noir and western influence to it. Even though it only came out 20 years later, it's a bit like Deadwood in space complete with miners, bars and hookers.
The sets and look of the film are clearly inspired by Alien. It's a "used future" that seems real and populated by working class people. There's a foot chase in the movie that uses the sets to great effect, running through corridors, balconies and stairs. Most action films today aren't capable of putting a scene like that together without using mind numbing fast editing to the point where you're…
A thoroughly enjoyable and solid sci-fi, thriller movie starring Sean Connery giving an awesome performance, as always.
Totally not what I expected, but I was more than content with that. The sci-fi side of the movie is done wonderfully and the thriller part is brilliantly executed. A great watch.
I wish I had seen this at age 11, when I was supposed to... had I, the nostalgia factor would have pushed this into the 4 star range. As it is, nice retelling of High Noon with a fantastic Connery performance.
Kind of fascinating how space is purely used as an incidental backdrop to a rather simple drug bust narrative. The French Connection in Space?
So, as sci-fi, this movie pretty much entirely fails, though the production design is appropriately stunning in its kind of ornate yet industrial drabness, a definite precursor to something like Alien 3. Maybe that's not much of a compliment. That being said, fun in sections, no doubt, but I can't help but feel this was a western (or an aforementioned cop film) before something said: "Hey, Alien was popular. Let's do that."
But really, worth the watch alone for a uniquely awful, Troll 2-level, child actor performance. Bet that's something he could never live down.
There may have been a decent movie in there, but it felt like every scene went on a minute or two too long. The final shootout scene or whatever you want to call it was decent, but the rest was pretty boring. There was also almost no reason this movie had to take place on a moon of Jupiter.
High Noon on Io. Space cop Sean Connery with a shotgun. Peter Boyle being awesomely nasty. It's a rare pull, but one I recommend.
Damn I wish I had seen this as a kid. Space western that gives off the same sci-fi time period vibes as Alien, and same early 80's look, feel, and fashion as The Thing. Loved all the model and optical work in this, production design was great. Sad to see where Peter Hymns' career went after this, he pulled off some great shots. Connery was great, but kid who played his son was awful. I'd like to see a nice Blu Ray version of this. Oh, and Peter Boyle!
A very good movie, though substitute Eastwood and a sixshooter on a horse with connery with a shotgun in space and you have a earth western. Not bad though. As an aside, the DVD is from 1997 and that means not a very good print version, if not for the widescreen you would think it was a VHS that was copied 10 times. Oh well, watch it anyway.
Sean Connery wearing an overall and kicking some major ass with a shotgun. Peter Boyle dressed up as a golfing hillbilly. Space suits. Explosive decompression.
What more could you possibly want?
I thought it was entertaining.
Thatsh a Marshal joke.