Outland

1981, Movie, R, 109 mins

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HIGH NOON in outer space. Connery is the marshal on Io, Jupiter's third moon, home for a mining colony. His investigation of some strange outbreaks of violence uncovers a plot involving the managing company, led by Boyle, and a drug that increases productivity but has dangerous side effects. Connery wants to bring the culprits to justice, but no one else on Io wants anything to do with the battle, so he is left to face company henchmen alone. Connery and Boyle are fine, but the wholesale lifting of HIGH NOON's plot (there's even an on-screen digital readout periodically displayed, counting down the minutes until the big confrontation) certainly undermines interest. The film has an appealing look to it, although many of the visuals bear a striking resemblance to those seen in ALIEN. leave a comment

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