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Marshal W.T. ONiel is assigned to a mining colony on Io, one of Jupiters moons. During his tenure miners are dying - usually violently. When the marshal investigates he discovers the one thing all the deaths have in common is a lethal amphetamine-type drug, which allows the miners to work continuously for days at a time until they become burned out and expire. ONiel follows the trail of the dealers, which leads to the man overseeing the colony. Now ONiel must watch his back at every turn, as those who seek to protect their income begin targeting him...
This review is from: Outland (DVD) THIS VERSION OF THIS DVD IS NO GOOD, THE PICTURE QUALITY IS HORRIBLE AND IT IS NOT ENHANCED FOR WIDESCREEN TV'S AS IT SAYS IT IS ON THE DVD COVER.
"Outland" is such a strange name for a movie! I guess a strange name isappropriate for a strange movie. I thought the film was ok, not bad, butnot great either. The story was fairly interesting and had some cool thingsto it, but overall, it was just a mediocre movie. The film was a littleslow, especially near the end.Sean Connery did a good job in his role, as did Peter Boyle. The whole castwas good.I will say though that the sets were pretty impressive and what littlespecial effects were in the film were done pretty well.Overall, I would only recommend this movie to someone that really likesscience fiction movies, or is a huge fan of Sean Connery. Otherwise, youmay want to pass on this one. I hope you enjoy the film. Thanks forreading,-Chris
This review is from: Outland (Amazon Instant Video) Dated -- mainly because the special effects have been so far surpassed by today's CGI. Script is entirely predictable. The saving grace is Sean Connery's subtle take on Gary Cooper's law man in "High Noon". So, if you've nothing else to do...
It's a decent enough SF flick, but it's yet another case of the 'everyoneother than the hero and his associates being unbelievably dumb'syndrome:1) Why would the Corporation send O'Neil to the Mining Station if he waslikely to expose the drug culture there? Don't they know the sort of peoplethey employ in senior positions?2) The supposed 'expert assassins' assemble their weapons in a publiccorridor in full view of a surveillance camera. What do the other ones do -assemble them in the middle of the crowded mess hall?3) Having done so, they have night vision sights and a clear view of theirtarget - and miss. Where did they learn their target shooting?4) And the last one to die walks into a glass greenhouse next to space witha high powered rifle. Yeah, right, minus twenty out of ten for intelligencefor the gunman, and a big minus one hundred out of ten for the architect.Never heard of micrometeorites??I know that in these respects this film is probably no worse than most, butI would for one just like a film without amazingly dumb villains!Unfortunately 'Outland' isn't it.
Director Peter Hyams and film legend Sean Connery make a powerful duo in the making of the film "Outland," which can be described as "High Noon" in space. Very nice sets, a complex script and excellent fight scenes power this film about a police officer on a mining colony on a moon of Jupiter. Peter Hyams is at his best when he's directing sci-fi. His other credits in the genre include "2010" and "Timecop," with Jean-Claude Van Damme. Connery proves once again that he's the best there was the best there is the best that ever will be... with apologies to Bret Hart.
In the future, men will mine precious metals on moons off Jupiter, playgolf on computers, largely dispense with shaving, and be entertained bythe sight of strange men and women writhing naked on lit platforms.Okay, I don't get the shaving part either. Pretty much every male in"Outland" sports beards of varying growths, including Sean Connery as a"federal district marshal" named O'Niel who becomes the target forseveral bad men when he figures out the rotten secret of a miningoperation on the Jovian moon Io."Outland" boasts impressive set design, with the closed-in environmentof the mining station looking stressed, dingy, and thoroughly miserableunder Jupiter's garish ocher-amber light. "Some people just let thisplace get to them," O'Niel is told by his deputy Montone (James B.Sikking) when he asks about a gruesome suicide that opens the movie."Don't worry. You'll get used to it."Connery plays his part in a deliberately stripped-down way, fewwisecracks making it past his tightly-wound persona. O'Niel is struckan early blow when his wife and son leave him for home, tired ofsharing in his unrewarding peripatetic existence, and from then on heputs on such a hang-dog manner being singled out for killing might seema relief. Providing able backup for Connery's engagingly off-centerperformance are Sikking and Frances Sternhagen as a doctor at themining station whose frequent interactions with O'Niel give the filmall it has in the way of charm. I could have watched them banterlonger.But there's little else to keep you watching "Outland" beyond the threeactors, the scenics and an eerie Jerry Goldsmith score. Writer-directorPeter Hyams crafted "Outland" as a space-age variation on the theme of"High Noon," a clever idea, but beyond some MacGuffins about corporatecorruption he does little to construct an intriguing story of his own.The mystery O'Niel must solve is as basic as switching on a light, andthe action scenes are rather flat and ineptly staged. Entire suspensescenes consist of Connery watching a monitor and furrowing his brow.One chief baddie spends his time sitting either behind a desk or at atable in a bar, telling O'Niel to wise up between slugs of booze.No, physics are not the reason we watch movies, but even a science doltlike me knows if you fire a shotgun at someone in near zero-Gconditions, you aren't going to cause a squib to ignite five inchesfrom your target's head. You won't get the buckshot to travel very farfrom the muzzle. All you will do is launch yourself backward 500meters.I wound up liking "Outland" mainly for the dystopian setting, for theway Connery plays against this cold and lonely environment with hisintriguingly low-key heroics, and for his gently caustic interactionswith Sternhagen's doctor character. It feels like an outline for abetter film, but at least what's good in it outweighs the bad.
It's a ramshackle little mining town. Everything is either the work, the bar, or the prostitutes. (For the prostitutes, it's the work or the bar, and that's work.) Then, as happens every year, a new marshall comes into town. The gang bosses let him know with lead-pipe subtlety who's in charge, but he's gonna stick by his star and his guns. That means the big showdown: hired guns come in on the next train - professionals. The word gets out, and his deputies cower. "They're young, they have families." Even the bar's cootchie dancers go into hiding. Then it's sawed-off shotguns at dusk, man against men. You know, the usual.The time, the mining camp is on one of Jupiter's moons, as if that changes anything. The marshall is Sean Connery, the only reason for watching this drivel. I mean, this movie lost credibility faster than just about any I can remember: it had those space helmets with the lights conveniently pointed in so we can see who's there, night vision be darned.Effects are mostly absent, by 21st century standards. Sets and models are good, in keeping with what they probably had to pay Connery even then. The story moves along well, and I really liked Lazarus (did I mention the rustic and humble but brave country doctor? Leonard McCoy, shove over). Connery's career had his debonair young man phase and is currently in his suave elder statesman phase. In between he went through the dumpies, epitomized by "Zardoz." This comes from the end of that unfortunate period, and is better for its distance from the worst of it.//wiredweird
This review is from: Outland (Widescreen/Full Screen) (DVD) I have no comment, it was a Christmas gift & I am am not the one on the receiving end.
The acting and scenery is outstanding. The movie started off as the best movie I ever saw but the ending left too many questions. Who was prosecuted? How many years?Did the company drug miners at other mines?Maybe if the movie was longer we would know some of these answers. Alan Dean Foster's book filled in some of the holes but I still had questions.
After departing from the Eon-produced Bond series in 1971, Sean Conneryacted in a series of highly successful films - The Man Who Would BeKing, The Wind and the Lion, Robin and Marian are three key titles. Outland fell into the category of disappointments. Although Connerystarred, the film has a dark gritty garish edge that plays againstConnery's animal magnetism and larger-than-life screen presence. Another reviewer here has said that no one had heard from Connery for afew years before this film's release. In 1979, Sean Connery starred inthe highly successful The Great Train Robbery and the highly-promoted(but less successful) films Meteor and Cuba. Connery was anything butmissing in action during those years.
Peter Hyams' 1981 release of Outland starring Sean Connery and Peter Boyle leaves the viewer a bit disappointed. The plot is not too deep and things move quickly without giving situations time to take root and develop. It's as if the movie doesn't know which path to follow. For example, subjects such as corporate greed and corruption, chemical abuse, O'Neil's relationship with family, and a good ol' good guy vs. bad guy scenario appears shallow having not been developed to a greater degree.The viewer is left with little to hang on to as the movie just rolls right along. The high point of the movie hits you before you feel as if much has happened, then is just not compelling enough. Another story of thugs coming after the little guy trying to do the right thing. On a personal note, this viewer had to wonder why the story even had to take place on Jupiter. The storyline could have occurred anywhere because it is mainly aa cop/detective show. Why must it take place on Jupiter? Does Hyams have a Jupiter fetish or was he just hungry to use some special effects (which were used pretty lightly, by the way)? He later got his chance to play with Jupiter in his 1984 release of Arthur C. Clarke's sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The characters in the movie are few, and one would expect that this would allow the movie to really delve into them, but again we are left short. The characters are also thin and we do not get a chance to really get a feel for them but only on the surface. The irony is that the character that we get to know the least is actually the main character, O'Niel, played by Connery. In fact, in those rare circumstances where he does show emotion, he appears out of character. The character that creates the greatest impression is the general manager of Con-Amalgamate, played by Boyle. He does a good job at showing us that he is not such a great person and functions out of personal profit to himself. The relationships in the movie are weak also. We fail to realize the true struggle between O'Niel and his wife, and it is hard to feel emotion over his family struggles. O'Neil's relationship with the doctor is also weak. They nearly pair for a battle against the stronger forces, but this too fizzles out. All in all, the characters are very two-dimensional and it is hard to bond with any of them.Hyams had a good idea to begin with, but for whatever reasons, he failed to follow through. What we are left with is a light movie that fails to really pull in the viewer. This viewer was left disappointed.Other than that, it was wasn't bad.
A lot of people probably never heard of this older flick. But it is outstanding. A must see for all. Great special effects, but the plot and acting make this movie. If you have not seen it, watch it.
This movie is strange for the singular reason that it isn't great but youcan watch it multiple times and never seem to get tired ofit.It should of been a lot better. High Noon in space starring Sean Connery,great premise. But it isn't great. It is just good. It's one of those moviesthat isn't too much of anything. It's story is good. It's acting is good. Everything is good. It is good butthat's it.it never reaches the point of being great, but it doesn't reallytry. It just glides along on in "good" mode.With all the elements you want it to be great. However, at the movie's closeyou're satisfied so you can't really complain.Let's just call it a competent movie. Which is what Peter Hyams used to do.Now he is a Hollywood hired schlock gun. Still worth a look. You'll probably end up watching it a couple times. Ithas about a 6 month life span. In six months you'll forget how it was andwatch it again thinking it was great. You then be reminded it was justgood.
A federal Marshall, O'Neill (Sean Connery), is sent to Io, one ofSaturn's moons, to oversee the security of a mining facility. Since theplace is not exactly warm and fuzzy, we can all figure out this not areward for good services rendered.Unfortunately, a feeling shared by O'Neill's wife, who leaves for Earthwith their son, tired of being pushed around the solar system becauseof him.Meanwhile, some very strange happenings start poking around, withworkers suddenly reacting hysterically and violently.Doing a little digging, reluctantly helped by the washed up stationdoctor Lazarus (Frances Sternhagen), O'Neill uncovers a scheme touplift the facility productivity without much regard for laborregulations - and some highly illegal chemical help, for that matter -spearheaded by the slimy and corrupt general manager, Sheppard (PeterBoyle).Striving for redemption, O'Neill will find out how hard a virtue canhit, when he sees himself isolated from the other workers, evenmarshalls, either too bribed or too scared to help him, and chased byprofessional goons.This is an effective western rendition in a science fiction set up,with the good cast and the unoriginal yet tight script helping a lot toswallow some of the movie's shortcomings.For instance, the guns used are almost surreal (sawn-off shotguns, forPete's sake!); the effects of alien atmosphere exposure are so over thetop is hard to suspend disbelief (the blowing heads look cool though)and, the worse thing, the exterior on foot with special suits chase(however, the suspense level is pretty decent).If you can put aside those minor peeves, any action/sci-fi/western fanwill enjoy this flick.Highly commendable, specially for Connery fans.
Others have commented at length on the believability and originality ofthe script (or lack thereof). What really makes this movie interesting,however, is Sean Connery's interaction with the always fascinatingFrances Sternhagen.For perhaps the only time in Connery's movie career, Outland pairs himwith a female off whom he never attempts to charm the pants. MarshalO'Neil's scenes with Dr. Lazarus start out testy (he threatens to kickher "nasty ass"). As the movie progresses, the two characters treateach other progressively more and more as equals. The scene in whichConnery's Marshal is finally forced to put into words why he's stayingto confront two killers is one of the strongest and most vulnerable,self-deprecating, and honest of Connery's long career. It is this scenewhich, appropriately, strikes the only male/female sparks betweenConnery and Sternhagen, and she does it all with her eyes and hervoice.Frances Sternhagen is far more well-known for her stage and televisionwork than for her film appearances. But for once in Sean Connery'scareer, in Outland he found himself matched with a real equal, withfascinating results.
As nearly everyone who reviewed "Outland" has observed, its transfer to DVD is not up to standard. But the film itself is a class act and an overlooked gem. The atmosphere and suspense are riveting, and the acting and production design are excellent throughout. Often derided as "High Noon in Space," the film is actually much more: a detective thriller, a sci-fi action movie, an existential drama, and a story of love and loyalty. While that sounds like a lot to cram into less than two hours, it fits very comfortably and is perfectly paced. Sci-fi fans may quibble over a variety of details, but all in all it is a very satifying piece of work.Like the prototypical "High Noon," "Outland" is about an idealistic sheriff in a company town who refuses to be bought. Set in a mining colony on a moon of Jupiter, the film pits a steely-eyed marshall (Sean Connery) against a corrupt boss (Peter Boyle) and his murderous henchmen. It has crackling dialog, particularly in the scenes between Connery and Frances Sternhagen, who plays a crusty doctor and his only ally. Connery's acting is as natural and believable as Gary Cooper's was stiff and leaden. He makes us care about him as he outwits the evil conspirators who are bent on killing him. Highly recommended.
This review is from: Outland (DVD) I should say first that I love this movie so this review may be a bit biased. The setting is a huge mining complex on Io. Sean Connery has just arrived with his family to take the "chief of police" assignment. The acting is good, the plot has familiarity, the sets and effects are great. This is Con-Am 27, where miners work hard and play hard, and not everything is as it seems. A space police drama with believable characters and a steady storyline. LOVE IT. I've had it for 3 days and watched twice already...Now to address the image quality issues others have commented on:The dvd has material on both sides and includes the trailer and producion notes. One side has the standard(full screen) version and the reverse has the widescreen. I will admit the standard side looked terrible on my 38" tv. HOWEVER, I had no issues with the Widescreen version. If you have not seen this film as a film on a big screen, you may think there IS something wrong. When I saw it in a theatre, the crowd screamed "FOCUS". The look is intentional. It is the atmosphere in 27, just like the smoke in film noir or the haze in Klingon ships. The film is in focus, the air just gets in the way.So take a peek at Outland. If you love Sean Connery, if you like future stories, if you want to see a good drama set in the depths of space, you'll enjoy Outland again and again.
This review is from: Outland [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) I saw this movie years ago and for some reason, I never could find it listed on cable over the years. I saw a DVD version which was dark and grainy, so for $10, I took a chance on this Blu-Ray. The movie is intentionally dark, but the picture seemed sharper, with less grain on the Blu-Ray transfer. For $10 or less, I recommend it.
After watching "Outland" again after many years, it's striking to mehow well it holds up thirty years later. Released at a time when a glutof poor sci-fi was being cranked out to capitalize on the success ofthe Star Wars franchise, this gem was sadly lost in the clutter. SeanConnery is excellent in his role as the brooding, decent man lookingfor a reckoning, Marshal O'Niel. Peter Boyle is perfect as the slimy,yet pragmatic corrupt station manager. The special effects are welldone, and director Hyams uses them and the realistic sets to greateffect, creating that tense, gritty, dark feeling. If you are a Conneryfan, or just enjoy a good, tense thriller, this is a must see.Hopefully, someday this forgotten gem will get the credit it deserves.
In the late seventies(Alien and the sequel of Invasion of the body snatchers) and even in the early eighties (Blade Runner, 2010, Outland and Terminator)the sci fi genre achieved a pinnacle in which recreation of the myth concerns.And this classic of the genre, despite having been of the famous Western High Noon erects itself as a truly icon in its own.Sean Connery for that moment was by then,the most credible action-hero the cinema was proud to show. He had already filmed Zardoz under John Borman's direction nine years ago). And I think to myself Brian de Palma chose him to play the role that eventually would lead him to award an Academy Award (The untouchables)due this role.Connery is a Marshal who is dispossed to bring it back an anormal situation (an anfetamine who makes of you major results within minor hours of job. But this illusion lasts ten years at last because you get beseek.If the workers are happy, the production enhances, the high management is happy and me too. That's Schepard statement when he confronts himself with the Marshal.High tension drama, first-order visual effects and credible plot make of this film a well rounded sci fi movie as well as an unforgettable cult movie.