Post by maninasuitcase on Jul 17, 2018 7:25:38 GMT
Excellent Sean Connery movie that I hadn't seen since late 1982 when it was released on VHS rental. This was said to be 'High Noon' in space which it is but it also draws heavily on 'Alien' for the cramped set design and 'Coma' for the plot of the first part of the film. It only turns into 'High Noon' in the last 40 minutes or so. I even detected a James Bond touch with the way Connery plays the sometimes wise-cracking lawman.
Sean plays the outspoken Marshal O'Niel who is in charge of security on a mining complex on Io (one of the moons of Jupiter) in the future. I had to laugh because in some scenes the Marshal's name is spelt "O'Neil" on his tunic and then it reverts back to the correct O'Niel and so forth. People have suddenly started go nuts and then commit suicide at the complex over the last year in mysterious circumstances. The Marshall is helped by a lady doctor called Dr Lazarus! Sean soon finds out there is a massive plot to extract more ore and soon finds out he doesn't have many friends to help him sort it all out.
Despite this film being set in the far distant future the computers look like 'Space Invaders' level. The surveillance cameras are very 1980 and when Connery calls a meeting of deputies there is more fag smoke in the room than there would be if the Woodbines factory caught fire. One would have hoped than in a few hundred year's time that people had finally quit smoking fags.
The movie is quite violent at times with Sean using the f word at one stage. He evens puts his hand into a boiling pan of chip oil but still manages to beat hell out the bad guy. He then appears with a bandaged hand but not the fingers!
The special effects are OK but obviously dated 38 years on. They were filmed in late spring 1980. The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in the summer of 1980 at a cost of $16 million. A big budget for a film in those days. I must say that the claustrophobic sets are incredibly impressive. The only thing that I found very unbelievable is how one of the bad guys ends his days.
Sean is sporting a very credible hairpiece in this movie. He is really convincing in the lead as the tough as old boots and incorruptible Marshal. The rest of the cast? Peter Boyle plays the head of the mining complex, Sharon Duce (in a very early role) plays a prostitute and we also have appearances by John Ratzenberger and Steven Berkoff. The rest of the cast were unknown to me.
This film is a really good despite its obvious influences. The sets are so well done that it is very believable that they are on the far flung moon of Io. Connery gives one of his best ever performances which is crucial because this whole movie centres on him. All the other characters play minor roles really.
The movie has a really good score by Jerry Goldsmith.
The pq on the BD is incredible. Fantastic.
Audio commentary by the director and writer Peter Hyams