Io, Jupiters innermost moon, hosts mining colony Con-Am 27, a high-tech hellhole. There Marshall William T. ONiel (Sean Connery) probes some mysterious deaths among the miners. In pursuit of the truth, hes alone. In Outland, writer/director Peter Hyams depicts a chilling extension of todays corporation-driven world. Dehumanisation is vividly evoked in the environments of production designer Phillip Harrison and special effects wizard John Stears, Academy Award winner for his work on Thunderball and Star Wars.
Sean Connery is not usually to be found in sc-fi films, yet here he is in 'Outland', set in a titanium mining colony on Io, one of the moons of Jupiter. He plays the role of Marshal O'Niel, head of security in what is essentially a semi-lawless sort of Wild West frontier mining town.
In fact there are so many similarities to a Western that the film has the reputation of being 'High Noon' set in space. And indeed, there are similarities - most obviously the shuttle arrival countdown clock.
With good acting support from Frances Sternhagen as Dr Lazarus (?!) this is an enjoyable romp as Connery comes under attack from armed baddies as he hunts for those supplying drugs to the miners.
All good fun, nice to see Mr Connery in a (for him) unusual role and despite the dated technology that inevitably haunts sci-fi films made 30+ years ago, this is a good watch.
I enjoyed it a lot - 4/5 stars, although that does seem a bit generous...