The 1970's & 1980's saw the sort of re-birth of the mixed scifi/horror genre with such great films as Alien (1979), The Terminator (1984) and The Thing (1982). One of these films was a great little film called Outland (1981).
Now I first discovered this when I was talking with my Dad and he told me just how great the film was and how he thought that if I saw that I might like it. So with such a glowing recommendation, I figured I would give it a try (I mean who doesn't love a great Scifi film, you know.)
Anyway, one day I happened to be in Amoeba Entertainment (A great little new and used Movie & Music store) looking for something to watch… Lo and behold I come across the only copy in the store of that movie, what luck huh?
When I got home and turned it on I gotta say that this film quickly became one of my favorite scifi movies of all time! With great special effects (for its time) An awesome story line and getting to see James Bond in space! What can I say? I was hooked!
Written and Directed by Peter Hyams (Time Cop) and starring Sean Connery (of James Bond fame) Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein, The X Files) and Frances Sternhagen (Misery) Outland is about a Marshal(Connery) who believes in the law so much that when he is sent to a minning colony on the moon IO. A moon that is so deeply embroiled in corruption & crime that the boss of the mining col
ony (Boyle) is in on the take!
Now this Marshal sets out with a very few allies, to make things right for the colony and restore law and order to a colony where people are starting to go insane and die from a new drug being trafficked there.
To do this, he sends his family back to Earth and makes enemies with the administration running the place! With time running out and most of the station's main personnel wanting him out of the way as well – not knowing who to trust this Marshall will have to take down an entire criminal organization or be killed by the same people he is trying to bring to justice!
I highly recommend giving this a watch… You might find this becoming a quick favorite!