Lost in Space
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The family Robinson is in hiber-sleep, soaring into deep space. Their mission: establish a colony that will become home for a dying Earth’s inhabitants. But sabotage jolts the Robinsons awake, sending them--and an often troublesome robot--off course and into amazing adventures where the question is not just where they are, but also when. A fine cast (Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Heather Graham and more) sets just the right tone of heroism and fun in an imaginative sci-fi voyage based on the ’60s TV series and featuring cameos by some of the TV stars. “Danger, Will Robinson!” And amazement too.
Director Stephen Hopkins and Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman
Visual Effects Supervisors Angus Bickerton and Lauren Ritchie, Director of Photography Peter Levy,Editor Ray Lovejoy and Producer Carla Foy
Two Featurettes: Building the Special Effects and The Future of Space Travel
Apollo Four Forty Lost in Space Music Video
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In all honesty I get a sense that this may have been the kind of series that Irwin Allen might have wanted to create had he the money and resources way back in the 1960's. As it turns out the people who made this movie took a more serious approach to the Robinson family, and did what might be argued as a "1st season" Lost in Space homage.
The TV show was simply something to see during summer late mornings TV slots or afternoons when there was nothing else on or nothing else to do. The show was semi-serious in the first season, but was a real lesson in camp-TV when it came to the second and third season. Why that is I have no idea ... the cast claims it was the Batman TV series influence, but I'm suspecting there was just another social psychology strategy at work ... what it was I might take a guess at, but otherwise would just assume not think about it.
Regardless, the feature film, for once is improved upon by corporate market research in that the film was turned into a serious action-adventure-drama with a scifi backdrop. The story itself is almost too tight in that we don't get to see all of the plot elements explained, we just experience the story moving forward at a pretty brisk pace (though it does slow down for a breather here and there).
The cast are right for the roles, and the effete (if not just obviously flamboyantly homosexuel) character of Dr. Smith is replaced with a character that is more true to the original concept of a foreign spy (Russian in the original series) attempting to sabotage the mission, and the teenage daughter is played by an actual teenage girl instead of some 20-something dressed up and said to be a teenager as so often happened in movie in days of yore. The mother has the aura of motherliness about her, and the mission leader plays an Academician who is out of his element but learns the ropes thanks to News Radio's own engineer come to do a stint in a scifi movie. And of course there's the medic, the potential love interest for the pilot. The romance is kept light and flirty to allow the movie's story to properly unfold without burdening it with personal relationship affectations.
In short, it's a pretty good film.
The "time" twist thing is a bit cliche from a scifi fan POV; i.e. "Oh, one of these stories ... okay.", but it works. We don't get too many cliches regarding this sub-genre of scifi. The plot devices are there to carry the story forward, and do so appropriately.
I'm not in love with the film, but like I say it was a pleasant surprise compared to the goofy TV series upon which it's based.
Give it a chance if you're a scifi fan.
Earths natural resources are failing, so the family Robinson needs to build a hyperlink gate to travel to a new planet so we can survive. Lot's of fun and references to the original TV series. Awesome special effects and great character interaction. Looking past the campy story and cheesy lines the movie is highly entertaining
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