Outland (1981) is a British science fiction, thriller and crime movie that contains an extreme amount of action. The movie is 112 minutes long and was filmed in Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK. The movie had an estimated budget of $16,000,000 and grossed over $17,374,595 in the USA. Director and writer Peter Hyams (2010 (1984), End of Days (1999), Timecop (1994)) did a remarkable executing this action packed movie involving two good guys against many enemies. The film contains brutal violence, strong language, partial nudity, erotic dancing, gory, grotesque images, and thrills throughout the movie.
The movie starts in the future showing Federal Marshal William O’Niel (Sean Connery - Dr. No (1962), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Rock (1996)) being assigned to a tour of the Jovian moon of Io. People have to wear their spacesuits most of the time making it cumbersome, and the gravity is 1/6 that of Earth’s, and it has no breathable atmosphere making the living conditions difficult. William’s wife, Carol (Kika Markham - Anne and Muriel (1971), Blade on the Feather (1980), Killing Me Softly (2002)) does not like the environment to raise their son. She does not want their son Paul (Nicholas Barnes - Jack on the Box (1979), Acorn Antiques (1987), The Brute (1977)) to live in a sterile environment that does not offer much to do and is so far from Earth. Carol and Paul leave Io with a space shuttle heading back to Earth.
Soon after two minors die after suffering what appear to be stimulant psychosis making them believes things are there or happening when it is not. More incidents begin occurring, and William tries to figure out what is going on. William discovered why the miners were losing it and becoming psychotic resulting from a very powerful amphetamine-like drug. The drug allows the miners to work continuously for days without getting tired, and then they become psychotic after using the drug for about ten months. After a few altercations and mishaps, William is ready to overtake the hitman’s that Mark Sheppard’s (Peter Boyle - Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), Taxi Driver (1976), Young Frankenstein (1974), Doctor Dolittle (1998)) hired to take him out. What happens next is for you to discover with this great 1980s movie.
I liked this movie although it is not my type of movie or a movie that I would choose. I rarely like movies that pertain to outer space and astronauts although I am a big fan of real life astronauts. The movie was an entertaining watch that kept me from watching the time and instead received my undivided attention. I gave this movie a six because there were plot holes, several goofs but the strong performance of Sean Connery saved this movie from receiving anything lower. The storyline was nice, and it was coherent, but I might be biased as I am not a fan of outer space movies.
About Outland (1981)
Starring: Angus MacInnes, Eugene Lipinski, Sean Connery, John Ratzenberger, Peter Boyle, Clarke Peters, Brendan Hughes, Pat Starr, Stuart Milligan, Ron Travis, Bill Bailey, Frances Sternhagen, P.H. Moriarty, Steven Berkoff, Manning Redwood, Doug Robinson, John Cannon, Angelique Rockas, Maurice Roëves, Chris Williams, Marc Boyle, James Sikking, Sharon Duce, Jude Alderson, Nicholas Barnes, Rayner Bourton, Hal Galili, Julia Depyer, Nina Francoise, Norman Chancer
Director: Peter Hyams