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. Except there is always a hero; a flawed hero, as is Connery.
O'Niel follows the trail of the dealers, which leads to the man overseeing the colony. I'd join you in this dumb game if I could play sitting down. A personal crusade, a battle almost against the odds (but not unbelievably so, at all) and the true hallmark of a good sci-fi story: That is, the story would work just as well anywhere, any place, any time, as it does in space in the future.
So how many other films have Io as their center of action?
The case Sloane takes on has a very topical resonance.
If that is the case, it’s certainly not something she’ll ever admit to.
“I understand you have feelings and a life but I have no duty to them,” she tells one.
works both as a character study and as a satirical thriller about Washington.
Sam Waterston is very unpleasant indeed as the former boss who wants to destroy Sloane’s reputation.
John Lithgow is pompous and self-righteous as the venal, cowardly Senator who comes after Sloane.