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.
Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Colonel Caldwell was his commanding officer years before when he left the military police over a disagreement over the handling of a drunk ... See full summary »
Marshal W.T. O'Niel is assigned to a mining colony on Io, one of Jupiter's moons. During his tenure miners are dying - usually violently. When the marshal investigates he discovers the one thing all the deaths have in common is a lethal amphetamine-type drug, which allows the miners to work continuously for days at a time until they become "burned out" and expire. O'Niel follows the trail of the dealers, which leads to the man overseeing the colony. Now O'Niel must watch his back at every turn, as those who seek to protect their income begin targeting him... Written by
The tag-line "Even in space, the ultimate enemy is man" is a reference to the previous success of Alien (1979). See more »
The terrestrial atmosphere of the studio is evident even though the exterior scenes take place in the near-vacuum of Io. When O'Niel drops the panel atop the greenhouse, it flutters away from him instead of falling straight down. The gunman shoots at the panel through the greenhouse window, breaking it, and the resulting explosive decompression causes a billowing cloud of gas and debris. Nothing "billows" in a vacuum, the surrounding air allows that, so the gas and debris should have sprayed away from the greenhouse in more or less straight lines. See more »
Marshal William T. O'Neil:
Hey, Sheppard. Guess what I just found in a meat locker.
Station Manager Sheppard:
Y'know, I have a feeling that you'll tell me even if I don't guess.
Marshal William T. O'Neil:
250 pounds of hamburger named Yario that works for you. I also found your shipment of PDE. So, I threw the hamburger in the jail, and the PDE in the toilet. Or was it the other way around? I can't remember now.
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In the opening credits, the word "Principal" is misspelled. See more »
The movie is amazingly realistic in regard to the technology used and in regard to the human characters.
I totally agree with OP Voutilainen, who wrote a very good comment on this movie on 24 October 2001.
The movie is never superficial if you look at its characters: The bad are not simply bad but realistically brutal. The good are not simply heroic, they rather strive to survive and struggle to keep what's left of their personal dignity and values after the school of life.
People of the future will possibly wonder why anyone ever liked such a "normal life"-movie. The answer is: Simply because of the everyday life dignity that people emanate in the movie.
Really a great positive movie !
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