|Starring:||Kika Markham, Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, James B. Sikking|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Sep 1998|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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High noon in spaceBy zzzzzz (112 reviews) from at home , 07 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Dark and dirty cop thriller. Sean Connery excellent as marshall ONiel.
Inventive SFX that still holds up against the CGI of today.
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A workable thriller - medium priority listingBy StanleyHTweedle (20 reviews) from London , 27 May 2012Peter Hyams is a competent filmmaker, but like his other films (including 2010 & Timecop), Outland feels decidedly average. Aside from the Western influences, the film borrows heavily from the industrial grittiness of Alien, but Hyams lacks Scotts ability to build tension between his characters and their dire situation. That said, Connery and Sternhagens friendship is genuinely touching despite the stolid script, and Peter Boyle makes the skin crawl as the corporate bad guy openly in it for the money. The real crime here is that the High Noon moment when it comes falls flat under Hyams direction and its not even clear if Boyle gets what he deserves. For the best in 80s corporate sleazy sci-fi check out Robocop or Aliens.
Outland Rides AgainBy MJM (36 reviews) from Canterbury , 21 Apr 2012If you like that 80s thing you should enjoy this film. A bit Rambo meets Dodge City (with a bit of sci-fi and New York Mining Disaster thrown in). When the baddies arrived in the shuttle I really expected them to be chewing baccy and riding shotgun. Still, not so bad for its age I guess.
Not badBy Tim8 (6 reviews) from London , 27 Jan 2012Good movie il assume 30 years ago they didnt realise space had near to zero gravity there is no up or down so how the astronauts managed to fall anywhere i dont know
If i was around 30 years ago to see their theatrical trailer i would have seen the whole movie for free lol seriously i find out who dies whos bad who is good in its 2 minute trailer
There was a couple of errm why couldnt Sean do this when this happened moments and what is going to happen now when Sean makes up his mind after the turn of events whether he stays or leaves.. Why couldnt there be more bad guys and explosions but that is just me
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This is greatBy JackDW (20 reviews) from York , 23 Apr 2011I should have bought a copy instead.
I'm reminded of Alien, not because there are any monsters in this film, but because it's sci-fi with an industrial feel. Unlike Star Trek you can believe that people are actually working here. And it's tough, dirty, unpleasant work. The competition is cut-throat and corruption is normal. Full of believable details of the lives of the workers, the officers, and the police who are paid to look the other way... until a new sheriff comes to town!
Better than Moonraker I guess...By a customer , 11 Apr 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideYes, it's a Western in space - certainly this would have pitched well to the studio, but does it necessarily make for a novel film?
Outland has some okay special effects, but ropy acting and dialogue conspire with scientific nonsense (e.g. the gratuitously exploding heads whenever someone comes into contact with pressureless atmosphere) to undermine the picture.
You're left wondering things like: why does Titan's 1/6th earth gravity only seem to kick in when the actors are outdoors? Do they have some incredible gravity-generating technology heretofore unknown to science? And if so, then why is a mining operation that can also erect an enormous industrial facility on a planet millions of miles from earth still dependent on human labourers to work its hand-operated drilling equipment?
To be fair, these criticism could also be levelled at Total Recall, Moon, and the entire Alien saga, all of which are also in thrall to the notion of evil extra-terrestrial mining corporations. Off-world mining certainly has a ring of plausibility to it, but I wonder if the evil businessmen angle is a reflection of our distaste at commerce becoming the key driver behind human expansion into space?
Outland is interesting in that it was probably the most successful contemporary attempt at emulating the atmosphere of Ridley Scott's Alien - the lighting and camerawork is particularly effective, as are some of the model shots such as the shuttle coming in to land (although also a bit Joe-90-ish in places).
However Outland's poor script, implausibile story (such as the deadly assassins who assemble their weapons directly in view of a CCTV camera) and lack of creature effects make this film a bit of a yawn by comparison.