Lost in Space (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Family


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The Robinson family was going into space to fight for a chance for humanity. Now they are fighting to live long enough to find a way home.


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22 June 2007 | inkblot11
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| Despite a terrific cast and a good beginning, this film just falls flat
Dr. John Robinson (William Hurt) is taking his family into deep space to find a life-supporting planet for the human race. Things on earth are deteriorating, to say the least. Going along with him are his scientist wife Maureen (Mimi Rogers), his brilliant daughter, Judy (Heather Graham) and his equally intelligent children Penny and Will. Needing a good pilot, Dr. Robinson nabs hotshot airman Mark West (Matt LaBlanc) to fly their spaceship. Evil Doctor Smith (Gary Oldman) tries to sabotage the vessel but ends up getting caught on board. Amid the ensuing chaos, the ship goes off course and gets lost. Between battling spider-like creatures and their own killer robot, the Robinsons still hope to reach their destination. Will they? This movie starts off with a bang and ends with a whimper. The problem? Well, it is not the terrific cast. Hurt, Rogers and Oldman are wonderful in their respective roles, while Graham and LaBlanc delight the audience with their wit and charm as the couple who provide the movie's romantic elements. All other cast members are quite fine as well. The production looks nice, too, with great costumes, sets, and special effects. So, that leaves the uneven script. It starts off well, with a quick look at the Robinsons' quest and the plotting of Dr. Smith. There are even some great lines, such as the one Maureen hurls at John and Mark, as they are sparring. "If you guys are done hosing down the deck with testosterone..." had me laughing heartily. But, it all just fizzles somewhere in the middle and ends up being utter nonsense, a plot without a cause. What a shame. Those of us who loved the sixties television series deserved better. If you are partial to any of the cast members, from Hurt to Graham to Oldman, do make time for this film, someday. They are the reason to see this movie, for they are a joy to watch, even in a film as lame as this one.

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Trivia

Dick Tufeld reprises his role from Lost in Space (1965) as the voice of the Robot.


Quotes

Dr. Zachary Smith: Major West, I highly recommend you never breed. That, by the way, is my medical opinion.


Goofs

When Dr. Robinson analyzes the spider, only its image appears on the screen, but she already knows its a silicone-based life form, even though this information does not show on the monitor yet.


Crazy Credits

First segment of end credits intermixed with quick-flashed images from the movie, accompanied by Apollo 440's electronica version of John Williams' third season Lost in Space (1965) TV theme.


Alternate Versions

Scenes where Penny, Judy and Maureen encounter a giant alien life-form on the planet they crash-land on was cut from the film but appear in some of the additional footage included in the DVD release. This footage includes:

  • After escaping the planet, "Older Blawp" appears on the ship again after "baby blawp" hops onto Penny's shoulders. The older alien was removed in the final cut.
  • More dialogue between John and Don before they get attacked by "future robot".
  • The inside of the "time bubble" was originally sunny and orange, but was changed to cold and blue in final version.
  • More dialogue between Smith, Don, John, and Judy in the "Hydroponics" garden on the "Proteus" after finding Blawp.
  • Several scenes in the time bubble were cut including: scenes showing different time portals including "THUNDER PORTAL" and "SNOW PORTAL"


Soundtracks

Will & Penny's Theme
Written by
Noko, Trevor Gray, and Howard Gray
Performed by Apollo 440
Courtesy of Epic Records

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

3 April 1998

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

London, England, UK

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,154,919 5 April 1998

Gross USA:

$69,117,629

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,159,423

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