8 Apr 2009

Letdown of The Week

Every week i'll post one film that for one reason or another was a major letdown. Now let me quantify this. A letdown here is a film that you had expectations of, not a film that you already knew was going to be a bit crap. So here we go with Deadly Movies' first Letdown of The Week:

Outland (1981)
What it has going for it: A great concept (space sheriff sorts out a space mining colony), a great space sheriff (Sean Connery in space with a handle bar tach? Yes please), Jerry Goldsmith redoing his Alien score (give a toss..., that score works, this score works too), and loads of brilliant 80s sci-fi sets (you get it all, planet externals, miniatures, the corridors we all love, and some good future tech).
Why it’s a Letdown: Because all the ingredients are there for everything you want from a 70s / 80s gritty sci-fi film; the high concept, the star, the music, and the sets. But it has absolutely no sense of threat, no monster, no impending disaster, just some pissed off miners. But it's not enough, its not bad, but it is a letdown.
Next Week: The Last Starfighter (1984)

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