Lost in Space 1998

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It's 2058 and Earth will soon be uninhabitable due to pollution and global warming. Professor Robinson and his family are on their way to Alpha Prime to get it ready for colonisation and save humanity. But the evil Dr Smith foils their plans and they find themselves lost in space...

Starring:
Heather, Gary Oldman
Runtime:
2 hours 4 minutes

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Lost in Space

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Genres Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Stephen Hopkins
Starring Heather, Gary Oldman
Supporting actors William Hurt, Matt Le Blanc, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Jack Johnson, Jared Harris, Lacey Chabert, Angela Cartwright, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Shann on 7 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
I must confess to growing up with the original series so if like me you know the TV series you'll probably like this. Thankfully my myopic vision and failing memory means I am not wedded to one interpretation like some die-hard fans. This 1998 version is hammy and tongue in cheek but I really enjoyed it! There are lots of nice references to the original series for fans, including a cameo from June Lockhart who played Dr Maureen Robinson the first time around. The special effects are very good and it's fun and action packed throughout. Gary Oldman plays an interesting if rather darker version of Dr Smith but remains true to his manipulative original furthermore you get a bit of his back story. For Friends fans Matt Le Blanc does his hero bit whilst poking a bit of fun at himself. I think this one is a bargain and is cheaper than a rental if you look around. I am sure you'll go back and watch it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hevingham on 11 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If like me you grew up with a weekly dose of Lost in Space on ITV then this film is something of a shock to the system. Whilst parts of it are great (the launch of the Jupiter 1 gets me nostalgic every time) whilst for the most part its pretty shoddy. The family for the most part are unlikeable, the kids being the "aren't we smart and cute" instantly forgettable cyphers that the originals were not. THe parents are just bland and not at all the All American Mom and Dad of the show (not that they need to be - but they needed to be SOMETHING other than bodies spouting lines)

Perhaps only Dr Smith gets any real attention here and he is so far removed from the loveable rogue he should be as to be a new character.

The transfer of the blu-ray is good but not brilliant and the extras are pretty forgettable too.

If you want lost in space buy the DVD of season one and see how it should be done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Nov 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Lost In Space is based on the popular Irwin Allen 1960s TV show of the same name. It's directed by Stephen Hopkins and stars William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Lacey Chabert, Matt Le Blanc, Heather Graham & Gary Oldman. Plot finds the Robinson family and fighter pilot Dan West, erm, lost in space as they search to save humanity. So yeah, the Swiss Family Robinson in outer space.

Big budget & big bangs as another TV series gets the big screen treatment. Not being familiar with the show myself, I have nothing from which to mark this against. I went in just looking for some sci-fi entertainment and a chance to give my home cinema package a good work out. On those levels the film most definitely works, but it's too long, too chocked with babble and unsure of what it wants to be. Starting out as narratively serious sci-fi, with heavy family ties, the film then lurches from humour to effects extravagance at frequent intervals. Something that's not helped by a wayward cast and a pointless CGI cuddly thing.

William Hurt is a fine actor, but here he takes it too seriously. Oldman on the other hand plays it right, and gets the best lines into the bargain. Rogers and the young kids do OK, with future Mean Girl Chabert showing good charisma. But Le Blanc is just dull: yes we loved him in Friends, there a handsome Lothario like dope worked, here it gets tiresome very quickly. While Graham is badly miscast as a smart Doctor type. Visually the piece is very appealing, with one or two genuine moments of brilliance; such as young Will Robinson controlling the robot to fight a gazillion spiders. But for all the eye candy and aural delights on offer, Lost In Space is hamstrung by trying to be too much.
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Format: DVD
Simple and effective. No pretensions and it does what it says on the DVD box.

Based on the 60's TV show, Hollywood spent $70,000.000 plus on this feast for the eyes. Matt Le Blanc is miscast beyond belief, his attempt at a beefy Han Solo type is almost laughable. Gary Oldman is rather good as the miserable and dangerous Dr Smith, although he has said he didn't know what was going on. Hurt, Rogers and Graham are only adequate, but in a Sci Fi film who is checking out the performances. Your average 15 to 24 year old doesn't care and this film is squarely aimed at this audience.

Saying that however doesn't mean Lost In Space is bad, it isn't. In fact its really rather good in a teenager sort of fashion. In spite of an overly complicated story and poor casting, it still seems to ride over these shortcomings and comes up smelling of roses. The special effects are quite spectacular and hold up very well considering the film is now 15 years old. Hopkins's direction is business like and gets the job done even if it doesn't have those little flourishes of interest that other and more talented directors can inject into projects. At 130 minutes it is far too long, you could lose 30 minutes easy, and if the editor had done that it would probably have been a better and less expensive film.The end result however is perfectly acceptable even with the faults listed above.

Although not regarded by many as a classic or even any good, it has enough up on the screen to satisfy Sci Fi fans as long as you don't set your cinematic bar too high.
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