1998; Rated PG-13; 130 Minutes
Gary Oldman: Dr. Smith/Spider Smith
William Hurt: John Robinson
Matt LeBlanc: Don West
Mimi Rogers: Maureen Robinson
Heather Graham: Judy Robinson
Lacey Chabert: Penny Robinson
Jack Johnson: Will Robinson
Jared Harris: Older Will Robinson
Lennie James: Jeb Walker
Produced by Colin
Brown, Chris Carreras, Alan Church, Michael De Luca, Carla
Fry, Akiva Goldsman, Tim Hampton, Stephen Hopkins, Michael
Ilitch Jr., Mark W. Koch, Sharon Lark, Mace Neufeld, Alison
O'Brien, Rupert Porter, Julie Pye, Robert Rehme, Hugo Sands,
Richard Saperstein and Kris Wiseman McIntyre; Directed
by Stephen Hopkins; Screenwritten by Irwin Allen
and Akiva Goldsman
by DAVID KEYES
is not fun. Traveling through space is not fun. Watching
planets explode in space is not fun. Space battles are not
fun. Getting lost in space is not fun. It is not fun to
watch "Swiss Family Robinson" being turned into a science
fiction television series and movie. It is not fun watching
people dumber than road kill on the screen reciting endlessly
bad dialogue. It is not fun to sit through a science fiction
film with bad special effects. It is not fun, period.
of this, for one shred of a moment, has ever been fun, nor
will it ever be. When people go to see a movie like this,
or one of its pathetic clones like "Lost In Space," they
stare at the screen like they're eyewitnesses at a disaster.
It's one of those movies that makes "Spice World" look like
an Oscar contender.
In Space" is a preposterous, incompetent bag of garbage:
an eye-popping rip-off! Nothing could be more damaging to
the careers of its actors Matt LeBlanc and William Hurt.
In fact, if it were anymore damaging, it would have been
made by someone who hated them.
In Space" was adapted from the hit television series of
the 1960s of the same name, which, judging by this film,
was rubbish to begin with. What most people don't realize,
though, is that the concept of the original series was loosely
based on the novel "Swiss Family Robinson," where a family
became shipwrecked in the middle of nowhere and had to make
tools and machines with what they had left in order to survive.
In "Lost In Space," the family is on its way to a planet
called Alpha Prime, and they become lost in space on a saucer-space
ship, with a monkey-like alien being on board.
"Swiss Family Robinson" should not have been messed with
in the first place. It was a story not made for any revisions:
an immortal classic it was. "Lost In Space," however, is
movie would have at had some redeeming value if the special
effects and overall look of the film weren't so lousy. Special
effects, nowadays, give away sci-fi films, and when there
comes a film like "Lost In Space," where even those are
bad, you begin to wonder if the producers of this film knew
the meaning of the term "common sense." I guess you can
say that their best efforts went into the closing credits.
brings me to another point: I think this year will be the
worst year for movies, just like I had predicted earlier
this year. Usually, if the first true blockbuster of the
year is bad, then something bad is going to happen to the
ones later this year. It happened last year and the year
before: I am so sick of it!
a movie out right now called "Deep Impact," and it's great.
Go see that instead. At least there you won't feel like
choking on popcorn.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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