In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.
Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.
Charles Brubaker is the astronaut leading NASA's first manned mission to Mars. Seconds before the launch, the entire team is pulled from the capsule and the rocket leaves earth unmanned much to Brubaker's anger. The head of the programme explains that the life support system was faulty and that NASA can't afford the publicity of a scratched mission. The plan is to fake the Mars landing and keep the astronauts at a remote base until the mission is over, but then investigative journalist Robert Caulfield starts to suspect something. Written by
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Several times a date is shown on the screen when we enter the mission control room. At the same time we hear a voice stating the number of days and hours since mission launch. The dates on the screen don't correspond to the number of days said to have passed between them. See more »
This is really wonderful. If we go along with you and lie our asses off, the world of truth and ideals is, er, protected. But if we don't want to take part in some giant rip-off of yours then somehow or other we're managing to ruin the country. You're pretty good, Jim. I'll give you that.
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This movie came one year too late."Star Wars" happened,for better or for worse,depending on whom you ask.This is clever sci-fi,very close to Crichton's work,before he gets bogged down in Jurassic Park and spielbergesque follies.("Mondwest" "Coma" and later "looker")Is it sci-fi anyway?Admittedly,it's unlikely as hell,but not much more than many a spy thriller.
In the movie,this whole performance was to make people believe the astronauts actually landed on Mars.This trickery,isn't it what Peter Hyams (and all other directors!) does when he makes his movie?His whole performance is to make US believe that Astronauts are to land on Mars but... They do it with mirrors,like Jorge Luis Borges.
The second part of the movie is a chase,a well done thriller,in landscapes recalling "Planet of the apes(1968)".Hyams does not show the killings,and the way James Brolin manages to show the way to his wife,then to journalist Gould is pretty smart.The ending verges on black humor.Had this movie been released five or ten years sooner,when sci-fi had strong scripts ,it would have been deservedly acclaimed.But in the land of special effects and childish stories ,it became a sleeper,every sci-fi buff should know.Neither "outland" (some kind of remake of "high noon " on Jupiter),nor "2010" (which failed dismally as a "2001" sequel)is on a par with "capricorn one".
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