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Satisfying Science Fiction Silliness--Fun Enough If You Don't Think Too Hard, But Not Enough Bean
on September 1, 2011
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.