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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.
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.
Sean Connery was always old I guess he looked the same in this film(1981) as he did in the (The Rock 1996) that being said I'm not afraid to say he is an attractive silver fox I'm still of the belief that he is the original and current "most interesting man" in the world and that Dos Equis guy is a watered down version of Mr Connery but I digress this little film was completely unknown to me I stumbled across it scrolling through the guide one day in boredom and was shocked I had never even heard of it so naturally it became a must watch I was not expecting much it can be hard to watch early 80's…
Ein Sci-Fi-Krimi mit einem klasse Sean Connery, einer coolen Frances Sternhagen und klassischer 80er Atmosphäre.
If you'd have told me I'd enjoy a film noire/ High Noon mash up set in space and starring Sean Connery, I'd probably have believed you. Thanks for the suggestion, theoretical person.
An excellent Sci-Fi film that is criminally underrated if you ask me. It is reminiscent of other science fiction classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien. Fantastic set pieces, art direction, and amazing atmosphere, piled up with also outstanding performances and great directing all around, Outland was a marvel to experience.
Connery puts on...not a show here.
The first hour of this movie is like a lost classic. Really tense, hard sci-fi film about a mining colony on Io, where a few miners have begun to die mysterious deaths and the newly arrived marshal who finds it to suspicious to let it slide. Unfortunately, the last third becomes a straight remake of High Noon, and dibs somewhat. Still, this is a fun vehicle for Sean Connery, and really made me miss having him in films (which tends to happen when watching a Sean Connery movie). Would recommend for those who like the tone of Alien without the horror element.
I've got to admit, Outland immediately grabbed the parts of my brain that would rather be staring at obsolete computer technology, space corridors and chunky "futuristic" fonts. When we inevitably do start mining on Io ("Eye-Oh", says the helpful pronunciation guide, thanks Outland), I can only hope that everything is as wonderfully 80s as this. And that everyone is playing squash.
The glorious production design is matched by the slick direction, with a couple of glorious, clearly (and cleverly) shot action sequences, and the effects, which provide those sweet vacuum head explosions that no Space Movie should be without. I've got to admit though, beneath the surface-level treats, I found this a little hollow. Aside from Frances Sternhagen as the…
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