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Review comments concerning Outerworld
on December 20, 2006
Writer/director/cinematographer/editor/special effects designer Philip Cook is known for throwing himself into his movies. This is more than just another indie science fiction flick, it contains great action and thrills, good characters, a lot of heart, and a wealth of imagination. The effects work is simply stunning and really helps augment the world of intrigue, greed, and hope found in the story. The backdrops are especially dazzling, including the detailed miniatures, though Cook never gets overindulgent and concentrates on them for too long. In fact, one of the most rewarding parts of this production is that the characters always come first, despite the inventive effects and CGI work. Maybe Hollywood can't figure that equation out but Cook seems to do it with every film that he makes. He makes movies about people. True, his characters are often engaged in incredible circumstances, but that doesn't negate the fact that the front burner issues in the stories are Cook's interesting mediations about humanity.
CultCuts Films -- Craig Hamman
This imaginative outer-space tale traverses the galaxy, offering three different planetary environments, aerial dogfights, and a climactic duel with atomic warheads...provides a number of thrills, and neither the filmmakers nor viewers can say they didn't get their money's worth.
Philip Cook, an industrial filmmaker in the Washington area has turned out three live-action science-fiction gems [OUTERWORLD, INVADER & DESPISER] that contain entire fantasy universes worthy of C.S. Lewis....
Joe Bob Briggs -- United Press International
I was so often left in awe of Cook's ambitious vision....In every frame there's something new to blow your mind. If I thought [DESPISER] showed gusto, then it's nothing compared to OUTERWORLD.
b-independent -- on-line cult-entertainment
Outerworld is good fun and you can't really ask more than that. The leads are likeable, the plot is internally consistent and there are some interesting quirks that make it stand out from the morass of the 1980s science fiction boom. Most importantly, Cook's reworking of the film nearly 20 years later works to make it better, unlike a certain trilogy of big budget `special editions' which seemed to just have new effects inserted at random irrespective of whether they added anything or not.
MJSimpson -- Cult Movies & The People Who Make Them