Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Outland… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
After the success of Capricorn One Peter Hyams was looking for new ideas and settled on a western set in space. He borrows a few cues from the 50s classic High Noon where a sheriff has to take on four killers by himself and the town aren’t willing to help him. The plot is basically Sean Connery is a new Marshall on a mining rig on a moon off Jupiter. He discovers a drug ring run by the manager and decides to take him down.
After the huge success of Alien many studios were looking for similar projects and Outland seemed ideal to Alan Ladd Jr who had produced Alien under FOX before he left to setup his own company.
Outland very much looks like Alien, it could easily be set in the same universe. Many of the technical crew who worked on the horror classic came to work on Outland. This movie is often forgotten about and some people have never heard of it. It did okay when it was released at the time and received great reviews from critics, praising the film and Sean Connery’s performance which by the way is amazing and probably the best of his career.
If you haven’t heard of this film or never seen it I’m sure this review will win you over