Reviewed by: Kyle Suggs
It’s a trend in full force: the adaptation of ancient TV shows from silver screen to big screen. New Line Cinema’s “Lost in Space”, based on the television show that airing from 1965-1968, is one such film. While not highly recommended, “Lost in Space” may be worth watching if you are a fan of the TV show. Read on.
The year is 2058. The Earth’s ozone layer has depleted to the point that human life would become unsustainable within 20 years. John Robinson (William Hurt) is a world-renowned scientist, husband, and father of three (or four, depending on how you look at it). He leads a scheduled ten-year mission to save Earth. John and his family must travel to a distant planet (Alpha Prime) and build a warp tunnel to help facilitate a mass evacuation of Earth. Of course, something goes wrong.
“Lost in Space” is not without problems of its own. The first 20 minutes are chock-full of too many special effects and too much mass confusion. Most of the plot is left unexplained and unintelligable to the average movie-goer. Furthermore, New Line Cinema (owned by Time Warner) shamelessly promotes the Looney Toon characters throughout the film.
In a sub-plot, this story introduces an estranged relationship between a father and his family. John Robinson is a type-A, mission driven dad who pushes his family to the limits, particularly his son, Will (Jack Johnson). If you can stomach the silly dialogue in the opening fight scene, the screenplay written by Akiva Goldsman (“The Client,” “Batman Forever,” “A Time to Kill”) is not too bad. The commendable acting also helps to mask some of the flaws of this flick.
Even though “Lost in Space” ends its story with the possibility for a sequel, few viewers will feel cheated. The special effects, impressive robotics, and heart-warming family relationship sub-plot pleased this reviewer. If you plan to view “Lost in Space”, leave your brain at the concession stand and have fun with this one.
Profanity was present in “Space” with around a dozen instances (one spoken by a child). Sexual innuendos, too, make more than one appearance. One particular instance between Judy Robinson (Heather Graham) and pilot-turned-action-hero Don West (Matt LeBlanc) was downright vulgar. Lastly, religious connotations seem to promote the New Age belief that one can become a god. Dr. Zachary Smith (Gary Oldman) is transformed into an eight foot tall spider monster, then claims to be a god.
Year of Release—1998