The Lost Room
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The story follows a detective as he investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to an alternate universe. In the 1960s, an unknown event at the Sunshine Motel caused ordinary things in Room 10 to transform into items of wonder. The room and its contents gained unique and inexplicable properties, transforming them from mundane things into indestructible objects with extraordinary powers. These objects are sought after by anyone who knows their secrets.
If you're a fan of NBC's 2006 hit show Heroes, chances are you'll get a similar kick out of The Lost Room, a three-part, 4.5-hour Sci-Fi Channel miniseries originally broadcast in December 2006. It's pure hokum (especially when compared to Heroes, which rises from the same creative zeitgeist), and not nearly as clever at it initially seems to be, but there's something undeniably compelling about its premise, which turns everyday objects from the Kennedy era into powerful talismans of supernatural force. The present-day story is rooted in a dark, terrible, and cosmically reverberant incident that occurred in a remote motel room in 1961. Now it's 45 years later, and Detective Joe Miller (Six Feet Under's Peter Krause) has acquired a motel-room key that turns any door into a portal to "the lost room," a kind of alternate-reality no-man's-land, where his young daughter Anna (Elle Fanning, a look-alike for her older sister Dakota) soon goes missing. In his quest to retrieve her, Miller attracts the dangerous attention of various secret factions (with names like The Order, The Legion, and The Collectors) in heated competition to locate the many objects that hold strange powers and could, when gathered together, yield amazing benefits or tear reality apart.
Beginning with Krause, superb casting makes The Lost Room constantly engaging, even when its logic borders on nonsensical. Clearly intended as a potential series, it leads to a let-down ending where too many questions remain unanswered, but getting there is a blast. And while the smart, beautiful Julianna Margulies seems cast adrift as Miller's bland love interest (and a member of the object-seeking underground), the story grows increasingly intriguing with the introduction of a wealthy father (Kevin Pollak) obsessed with curing his cancerous son with the objects; an unstable nebbish (Peter Jacobsen) who's been driven nearly mad by his visits to the lost room; a devious doctor (Dennis Christopher) who falls in with a group of religious zealots convinced that the lost room leads to God; and various supporting characters (including comedian/monologist Margaret Cho) and subplots that lead you to believe this is all leading to something fantastic. That The Lost Room fails to deliver on its early promise doesn't mean it's a waste of time; it's got the same clever appeal as Heroes and Lost, and one can easily see how it might've made a more rewarding long-form series. Individual reactions will vary, but fans of supernatural sci-fi will want to check it out for themselves. --Jeff Shannon
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Part camp, part homage to "The Twilight Zone", this tiny series reminds me in a way of a video game - resetting itself each time you enter the room. This isn't a story about the actors, but a story about the story, one which leaves you with as many questions as it answers.
All in all, highly enjoyable. It seems to have been the beginning of a series which never got off the ground, which is a shame, as the conceptualization is quite interesting, and I go back to it in my DVR collection quite often. If you like stories that are not all tied up in a tidy little bow, and make you think, try it out. You might just like it!
The quality that went into the making of this DVD was seriously lacking. The menu system doesn't work. You can't choose to just play the whole thing, you have to choose to play each segment of this miniseries and half the time when you try to navigate the menus they don't work. Quality control was non-existent for this DVD.
Bottom line: Excellent story, interesting concept, captivating, this movie kept me wanting MORE, but I was extremely irritated that they never finished it. -kd5-
I've brought this to multiple friends homes and every single one of them get mesmerized by it and tend to watch from beginning till end or borrow it. I purchased this close to 5 years ago and noticed I never reviewed it. It's pretty good that I choose to take the time and review it.
Without giving to much away. The very first episode is a little cheesy and has a typical low budget special effect with a glowing door. After that, it instantly improves. The special effects are more believable and do not look low budget. The gist of the film
(I am making this vague to avoid ruining anything. But everything written in this review is said in the first 2 episodes).
A cop comes across a key that when inserted into any door opens a doorway to a random location anywhere in the world. It has to be a physical door that a key can be inserted, not a sliding door or electronic keyless door. They find out that any place you concentrate to the door will open on the other end. An example, bathroom door at a bar and it opens to the inside of your home if you concentrate on it..Basically you can go anywhere as long as you have a visualization of it. If not, it opens in a random location. The story expands into a huge chase not tied into him looking for his daughter but these objects. There are multiple unbreakable objects similar to the door that posses abstract effect. The key being one and many others unknown. A comb that when used on a head of hair makes the person invisible by freezing the world around them but makes you sick the longer you freeze time. A ticket that for some unknown reason teleports the person to a specific location every time. This indicates the objects have a specific use or trying to tell the user something.
This is not just just a sci fi related story, there is a mystery, and one of the goals is saving his daughter who enters a room using the key, but accidently gets the door shut on her sending her into alternate dimension where she may or may not be dead. This leads the cop into searching for a away to open the location his daughter was lost in but is clueless where she went which leads him to wild chase. What makes the story interesting isn't just the supernatural items, the acting, plot and multiple things going on at once.. There are groups of people trying to locate the items to use it to benefit themselves, religious cults who believe the objects belong to god, and others trying to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. This is not just a 1 dimensional story. There are multiple things going on and agendas that keeps you interested in wanting to find out the end. If you want something new a fresh, this a must buy. I still love it and its a shame they never made more episode of it...
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