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Imagine a primitive land where a haggard tribe battles for survival amongst the dangers of a dwindling food supply and a neighboring horde of mutants. Everyone is dressed in attractively constructed savage-wear, furs and leather draped just so to accentuate nubile young bodies. It may look like a gorgeous location shoot for a trendy modeling fashion layout--but, NO! This is the future! "The Lost Future" presents just such a scenario. Set at some time in the indeterminate future, this band of sultry survivors think they are the last people on earth. On a hunting mission, they encroach on the mutant's territory which causes a retaliatory strike. Just who came up with this property division in the first place? And you've got to credit the carnivorous monsters for abiding to the strict letter of the agreement for so long. They can't be all bad! With the tribe and its elders in peril, three young protagonists set out on a quest for help. Luckily, they meet the invaluable Sean Bean who raises questions about everything they were taught to believe.

Bean knew one of the adventurer's father, and he thinks that the son just might hold the key to saving mankind. Why? Here's the pivotal plot point. He can read. Yes, apparently no one on earth bothered to pass on even the most minimal of education through the years. This is especially amusing, as every character speaks with modern colloquialisms and phrases. The dialogue is so contemporary, in fact, it really doesn't support the fact that so much time has passed or that we've seemingly regressed in our educational capabilities. The town elders have been reduced to bumbling religious zealots with no instinct for self-preservation. I know that no one is looking for authenticity--I'm just saying. If you are, however, looking for complex mythology or explanation--don't bother. What happened is only mentioned in the vaguest of terms, the mutant issue is completely unexplored, and the miracle cure must just be taken at face value with zero contemplation.

Still, it's hard not to appreciate the silliness. And it is well done for this type of B-movie mayhem. A battle with an enormous sloth is well staged and the mutants are like zombies on steroids. The creatures oftentimes hold more entertainment value than the sometimes bland actors. Sam Claflin as the unlikely hero has some strong moments (when he isn't inappropriately flirting in life or death moments). And Bean is so welcome and grounded. His seriousness and weight seem like they might be from another film altogether. Despite the movie's marketing, however, Bean is only a supporting player here--and you miss him when he's off screen. This epic premiered in the U.S. on the SyFy Network and, in truth, it is more solid than most of their endeavors. There is fun to be had with "The Lost Future" as long as one's expectations are in check. On the bad movie scale, about 3 1/2 stars--not quite cheesy enough to get an upgrade. KGHarris, 9/11.
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Imagine a primitive land where a haggard tribe battles for survival amongst the dangers of a dwindling food supply and a neighboring horde of mutants. Everyone is dressed in attractively constructed savage-wear, furs and leather draped just so to accentuate nubile young bodies. It may look like a gorgeous location shoot for a trendy modeling fashion layout--but, NO! This is the future! "The Lost Future" presents just such a scenario. Set at some time in the indeterminate future, this band of sultry survivors think they are the last people on earth. On a hunting mission, they encroach on the mutant's territory which causes a retaliatory strike. Just who came up with this property division in the first place? And you've got to credit the carnivorous monsters for abiding to the strict letter of the agreement for so long. They can't be all bad! With the tribe and its elders in peril, three young protagonists set out on a quest for help. Luckily, they meet the invaluable Sean Bean who raises questions about everything they were taught to believe.

Bean knew one of the adventurer's father, and he thinks that the son just might hold the key to saving mankind. Why? Here's the pivotal plot point. He can read. Yes, apparently no one on earth bothered to pass on even the most minimal of education through the years. This is especially amusing, as every character speaks with modern colloquialisms and phrases. The dialogue is so contemporary, in fact, it really doesn't support the fact that so much time has passed or that we've seemingly regressed in our educational capabilities. The town elders have been reduced to bumbling religious zealots with no instinct for self-preservation. I know that no one is looking for authenticity--I'm just saying. If you are, however, looking for complex mythology or explanation--don't bother. What happened is only mentioned in the vaguest of terms, the mutant issue is completely unexplored, and the miracle cure must just be taken at face value with zero contemplation.

Still, it's hard not to appreciate the silliness. And it is well done for this type of B-movie mayhem. A battle with an enormous sloth is well staged and the mutants are like zombies on steroids. The creatures oftentimes hold more entertainment value than the sometimes bland actors. Sam Claflin as the unlikely hero has some strong moments (when he isn't inappropriately flirting in life or death moments). And Bean is so welcome and grounded. His seriousness and weight seem like they might be from another film altogether. Despite the movie's marketing, however, Bean is only a supporting player here--and you miss him when he's off screen. This epic premiered in the U.S. on the SyFy Network and, in truth, it is more solid than most of their endeavors. There is fun to be had with "The Lost Future" as long as one's expectations are in check. On the bad movie scale, about 3 1/2 stars--not quite cheesy enough to get an upgrade. KGHarris, 9/11.
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on November 4, 2011
Unimaginative ripoff of past Apocalyptic future movies where "us-humans" have done ourselves in, again, for I don't know the umpteeth movie. See "Planet of the Apes ..." or the '60s "Time Machine", not that "Lost 90 Minutes" is in their league. The only person of note is Bean and all he has to do is have "the look"; say a few lines and then pick up the royalties.

Most amusing were the mutants who at times had the "walk like a zombie"; at times gallop like a werewolf; at times fly like a vampire routines going. Talk about touching all your bases. The producers tried to be cute clever for the first five minutes as the viewer tries to figure out the time period except that if you're sharp you immediately notice that the spear blade looks like a machine sharpened Yoshi or Kyocera ceramic knife.

Positive:
Good set, and some CGI, ruined city effects.

Negatives:
The quest to find the magic anti-mutant powder was cheap if not farfetched. The end of the movie seemed like the writers ran out of time, money or simply got bored.
The spoken language was remarkably grammatically correct for people who cannot read.
The usual fighting scenes between mutants and humans looked like cheap Hong Kong '70s martial arts.
Costumes looked like store bought tailored but polished fake leather.
Heavy cosmetics on the ladies really doesn't add to the desolate future feel.
Fighting a CGI giant sloth seemed like overkill for a small piece of meat the size of your hand. I just didn't see the point other than to show off CGI skills.
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on April 21, 2016
First of all, this movie is incredibly sexist. They have no fight, don't show much intelligence, and are all dressed like ragged hookers. Secondly, there are too many scenes where too much has been cut out. There's a fight scene where one guy is fighting like crazy and the very next second he's lying dead by a river. How did he die? How did he get to the river? What is the point of the scene at all? So there is some bad editing. My final criticism is that the music is too often out of sync with what is happening. There was one scene with a drippy background noise in the music that actually had me checking the kitchen faucet to see if it were leaking (was watching the show at the kitchen table). Other than that, the plot is usually fairly sensible, the progression of the plot is fairly logical, and, while the writing is not spectacular, the actors do a generally good job of their lines. It is movie I might even watch a second time, especially because Sean Bean is in it. And it is because of Bean that I gave 4 stars rather than 2 or 3.
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on March 5, 2013
I love my science fiction, but this fell far short of creating a very interesting movie to watch. The cave scenes were poorly managed and I think some more could have been done with trying to build the story between the "beasts" and those that were trapped in there. The rest of the story moves slowly and just does not come together that well. This amazing elixir and and how it was created seems plausible, but when the son struggles to read a book I found it difficult to build a realistic relationship between how he could be a replacement as the person to help the future.

It was just too far fetched and the movie did nothing to support that theory. Other than that you still wanted to know how the characters developed, but they just left you hanging to much that you could just not get into the movie that much. So if you are a die hard who just does not stop in the middle of the movie then watch and see. That is all I can say about that.

Thank you
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on July 14, 2014
Movie?? More like "The Lost Ending", a TV Pilot for a series. I would have given it 1 1/2 stars but Sean Bean played a part, and not the lead role. The ending kind of leaves you hanging about what happens and if they can make the "cure" in time as the hero walks off back to the city.
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on August 16, 2014
This is definitely not an original idea; post-apocalyptic storylines have been around forever. In this particular case, all the `supposed' cave-dwellers are just a bit too pristine and GQ in their fancified ragtag garb artfully created by a designer. In record time, we're instantly introduced to one tribe trying to exist on nuts and berries and the occasion stray GIANT sloth. Their greatest enemy is a band of infected people they call the beasts (they're just misunderstood mutants). They are spied on by Amal (Sean Bean), who had some acquaintance with the father of two of the cave-dwellers. The dead man in question just happened to have created the only known cure for the dreaded `beast' disease. At that point in time, the son of said dead guy is the only person on Earth who can still read and therefore recreate the antidote (known as formula yellow powder). Naturally, that calls for a quest to the BIG city. Will they reach the city in time, will they find enough yellow powder left to cure their tribe, will their one and only reader be able to reconstruct his father's formula!!!

The main problem with this tired worn-out sci-fi flick is the overly familiar plot that's rushed to an unsatisfactory conclusion. It feels as though bits and pieces of the story were jettisoned along the way due to time constraints. Characters and plotlines were dragged in at the last minute then never properly dealt with before being abandoned. They definitely tried to accomplish too much given their obvious limitations. Still, it is watchable and entertaining enough and Sean Bean's presence tends to anchor some of the fly away aspects of the story.
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on May 8, 2015
I would love to give it a 5 star - but there were moments that seemed a bit shallow. Sean Bean never disappoints! The actor portraying the learned reader hero of the isolated tribe - was quite good, as well. The rest...meh! good enough for the movie - no real horrible actors except the villain and his daughter. The villain character was in my opinion just pathetic and somewhat laughable. The villain's daughter's character was too ready to give in - I'm glad she was where she was (gives me hope for humanity - so to speak) but for the purposes of believe-ability - I think her part in the plot was so they could reduce the amount of money spent in film making. I would have enjoyed some stretch in the that part of the movie - they could have lengthened the time it took to become turned - in order to achieve more movie plot time in the city. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it immensely - and really thought it was a very good spin of a dystopian future.
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on June 29, 2013
This is a B- sci -fi movie that looks like it was made for the syfy channel.
This movie sucked I should have listened to the other reviews before wasting my money on this piece of crap.
Sorry I had to dis Sean Bean but he's just too good of an actor to be doing these kind of movies.
Hail Odin!!!!!!!!!!!
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on April 26, 2015
This is a very good movie about what life is like after some action (and I forget what it is) that causes Mankind to go back down the ladder. But,, naturally the hero comes in to bring about the beginning of Mankind's rise again.

I first got this movie because I am a fan of Sean Bean. I wound up being glad that I got the movie even if Sean Bean hadn't been in it.

It is definitely worth getting & watching.
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