Genre Guesstimation – Outland (1981)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Summer of Serendipitous Anachronisms She has chosen quite a unique genre and we will be reviewing our favorite Derivative Work Movies.

Here’s Summer to explain her choice:

Basically it is anything based or inspired by pre-existing source

for example:

Amelie takes its relationships from the Luncheon of the Boating Party

The Magnificent Seven is borrowed from the Seven Samurai

Sunday in the Park with George is based on painting by George Seurat

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is loosely based on Hamlet

My Own Private Idaho borrows from Henry the IV

Cosi is about a director directing the musical Cosi Fan Tutti

Pride Prejudice and Zombies borrows from Pride and Prejudice

Clueless borrows from the novel Emma

Monty Python and the Holy Grail borrows from the Arthurian Legend

Basically a film that borrows from pre-existing source but reinvents the source material into something else

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to derivativesummer@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Summer!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Derivative Work Films…

outland-02“Some cupcake named “Cane” decided that he didn’t need an environment suit. They’re still sponging him off the elevator walls.” – Slater

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jun 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A new Marshall on a space base on Io must try and figure out why there are lots of mysterious deaths occurring. Are they coincidences or is someone murdering them?

My Take on it – This movie takes the premise of High Noon (1952) and transports the action from the old west to the future in a mining town in space.

The story is transferred well except it just isn’t as suspenseful as the original was.

Seam Connery is ok in the Gary Cooper role but his role isn’t that memorable at all.

Peter Boyle does a wonderful job as a corrupt corporate executive who run the mining camp.

I always love to see how bad the technology looks in older movies and this movie does an excellent job of making things look so archaic from today’s standards despite trying to look futuristic for 1981.

Bottom Line – A very interesting take on High Noon (1952) adapted for space but still not as suspenseful. Fun to see how archaic the futuristic technologies look from 35 years ago. Connery is ok as the Marshall but this isn’t close to being one of his best roles and can’t match Cooper’s performance in the original. Boyle steals the show as a greedy corporate executive. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sean Connery lost a major extended cameo role in Chariots of Fire (1981) because this film went over schedule. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – It’s pretty good, but no where near as intense as High Noon (1952).  Interesting adaptation to space, but not spectacular.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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6 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Outland (1981)

  1. My VC especially enjoys this movie, and I thought it was pretty good, even with some of the messy special effects. I ought to rewatch High Noon because somehow I remember this better than the original.

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