This is a seriously underrated flick by director Peter Hyams. Sean Connery is at his finest as the newly appointed sheriff who finds himself without friends when he tries to crack down on corruption at an off-world mining colony. Think "High Noon" in space. I have the sneaking suspicion that Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner," which came out a year later, was somewhat informed by Outland's gritty ambience.
Had forgotten one of my fave Sean Connery films - - gunslingers in space!
Whether he's playing James Bond (Agent 007) on Earth - or - William O'Neil (Federal Marshal) on one of Jupiter's moons - You can be sure that when Sean Connery's no-nonsense character is in charge, he's a dude who means business and will do what he sees as necessary to get the job done right.
Featuring some pretty decent visual effects and set designs (for 1981) - Originally Outland was intended to be a standard Western, but, then director/screenwriter, Peter Hyams scrapped that idea and set the whole story, instead, in the future (in outer space).
And, as a result, I think Hyams did alright with this tale that deals with restoring law & order (and settling scores) at the point of (what else?) a loaded shotgun.
To be totally honest here - I was initially expecting to dislike this 1981, Sci-Fi/Thriller (and, with that, give it no mercy when it came to my review comments) - But, for the most part, this $16 million, British production kept me fairly interested and entertained throughout its 110-minute running time.
The first time i saw this movie was on 42nd street. I liked it then and i still like now. In fact, i recently purchased it for my collection. This movie has all around sound and it's best seen on your HOMETHEATER. What turned me on most about this film is the story and it's done well. I'm giving this movie 4 stars. A good story and good characters. Honey barbeque wings with shoe string french fries with vanilla, chocolate, and banana shake.
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