Excellent film based on old television series. (by Gyaos)
The Lost In Space television series was one of my favorites when I was growing up so when I found out that it was the basis for a new movie, trepidation is the word that best described my reaction. As it turns out, my fears were unfounded as the result is one of the best, if not the best, treatment of older material and characters ever. Unlike this year's other movie based on a cultural icon, namely Godzilla, the producers of Lost In Space have a great deal of respect for the original tv series and this shows in the finished product. They have been able to update the story and characters, <more>
even changing the tenor of the story from farce to serious drama without losing any of appeal of the original. The inclusion of June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright and Mark Goddard in cameos and minor parts adequately demostrates the respect the production team has for the fans of the original series, which helps immensely in this adaptation. This is something that Mssrs. Devlin & Emmerich need to learn before unleashing any more destruction of cultural icons as they did this summer.All in all, the movie is great family adventure entertainment. The story is simple enough, told in a caring way and is suitable for all ages. The acting well done, the writing & direction good and the visual effects rank amongst some of the best ever committed to celluloid.Definitely one of my favorites and quite possibly one of the best science fiction films of all times. Old fans and those who never heard of Lost In Space will enjoy this movie.
HAS ALL THE GOOD MORAL ELEMENTS OF THE TV SERIES! (by starpix)
This movie does have a great story, don't listen to the other reviews that have no knowledge of LIS. I grew up watching LIS on TV and what stayed with me most was the strong sense of family, duty and honor. Even when it went silly, these remained. The movie holds onto these values entirely. Family is first and foremost in this flick. The Robot is great, William Hurt's John Robinson is 'supposed' to be bland - just like Guy Williams played him on TV!, Matt LeBlanc is EXCELLENT as Major West and captures that same 'young pilot' aura, Gary Oldman is great as always, Mimi <more>
Rogers is strong and yummy. The new 'Bloop' is a bit annoying and unnecessary. Special effects are top-notch as is the sound, especially in 5.1 Dolby, a real treat. The writing didn't just take a story and slap LIS on it, the script really tried to capture the feel and morality of the original show, and it succeeds! Watching the TV series on DVD recently has made me enjoy this movie even more.
I can't believe the bad reviews. This is a great movie!!! (by fusion75)
I just got a DVD player and am looking forward to the added content. This movie is on my top ten Sci-Fi. Usually I hate movies like this. But I think they pulled this off nicely, I liked the visuals and dialog. I hope there is a sequal. The end sound track is really cool also.
A rare Sci-Fi family movie... (by Im_Afraid_So)
First of all, I would like to address fans of the TV show who hate this film. I am always shocked how many people feel that this film was "unfaithful" to the original series. I would invite you to go back and watch the very early episodes of the series, before it became a camped-up disaster admit it! , and see how similar the two are.The 1998 film is often a straight remake of the original, only, frankly, much better.The idea of a film about a single family trying to survive and function by itself when they are all alone in outer space is loaded with potential, and I think this <more>
film did as much as could be expected in what was planned to be a three-movie series.There's a lot to like in this movie--first of all, it's a science fiction movie that the whole family can actually enjoy, not just the twenty-year-old son living in the basement. The special effects were very impressive for the day and some of them hold up very well. There's a kick-ass end credit sequence how often do I get to say that? featuring a new version of the classic Lost in Space theme song. There's some exciting action scenes, good performances by the adult leads, cool production design, some genuinely touching moments, and two not-overly-cute performances by a child actors, which is extremely rare. Penny is actually something resembling a real character this time around. Also, the fact that the queenish, goofy Dr. Smith actually becomes a threatening and very creepy villain by the end of the film is no small feat.The story is sometimes episodic, but all comes together very well. Small details become important plot points later in the film in surprising ways.Now, there are some down sides. The script is by Akiva Goldsman, best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay for A Beautiful Mind. However, comic book fans will always remember him as a boogey-man who concoted the script for Joel Schumacher's infamous film Batman and Robin. This script is somewhere in the middle in terms of quality. Although it is very clever at times and manages to incorporate favorite bits from the series, some of the dialogue will definitely remind the viewer of Arnold Schwartzennager's infamous Ice puns from Batman and Robin and will definitely make the eyes roll. Matt Leblanc is stuck with most of this. Akiva Goldsman has always written terrible, shameless "buzz" dialogue, quips where a character tries to say something clever and cool. It's painful at times. Gary Oldman also has a few of his own, in which he actually has to refer to himself as evil. Seriously, what villain actually knows that they are evil? Despite some cliché moments, which can easily be forgiven by young members of the audience a large chunk , Lost in Space is an above-average adventure movie. It's exciting, occasionally funny, and has likable characters. I only wish the sequel materialized, I think it only could have gotten better.
I don't why this movie got such bad reviews. I guess it's because most people compare it to the original TV series. I think if this movie had a different name it would have done better. The movie's plot plays much like a Star Trek movie. IF you're not a fan of sci-fi or Star Trek then you probably won't like it. If you try to compare it to the original series you probably won't like it but if you let the movie stand on it's own merits you'll probably like it. I was not a fan of the original series and I just enjoyed the movie for what it was: a good action <more>
flick. While maybe not a top 100 of all time movie it is worth a watch if you give it a chance...
Don't take it seriously. But if you're looking for a funny movie, go and get it ! It's not great thrilling sci-fi ! It's just a bunch of friends having fun in nice suits in space. Matt LeBlanc is greatly overbadly playing, he has to play to reach such a disastrous level ! The soundtrack is peachy, the effects are great and the story is so about nothing I like when they go through the sun, "No don't do that ! - Yes this is our ONLY chance !" Buy a pack of beer, invite some friends, and sure, u'll have fun ! It's a great intergalactic B-serie !!!
Pleasant surprise after all the jaded eye rolling (by MitchellXL5)
Actually, I was quite surprised at how much fun I thought this movie was. Hardly perfect by any measure and, sure, there were some elements that were intrusive, but I found it to be quite faithful to the TV show - it used plots and elements from the early episodes. Even with the newer designs, they incorporated older aspects - the planet REALLY looked like a better version of one of their old sets.Furthermore, Oldman managed to peg Dr. Smith perfectly, taking in all the old camp elements and putting them to very good use - even using some old catch phrases in different ways.As diversionary, <more>
light sci-fi adventure goes, I thought this was great and I'm usually very picky about this kind of thing. It was fun and a pretty good kids' movie.The only thing really missing was Billy Mumy.
As science fiction goes, this is a worthwhile movie. Special effects were very good. Storyline, for the fans of the old TV series, is loosely the same, but unfamiliar as well. I preferred the old Dr Smith much more, as far as character type goes, but Gary Oldman is a great actor, and if they had to make him more vicious, then he was definitely the right choice. Lacey Chabert, still very young in this movie, is a great Penny. Matt Leblanc does a good job in an action role as well. The rest of the case gets the job done. So overall a good sci-fi flick, I think it misses something for fans of <more>
the original series though. I do hope there will be a sequel someday, but I think it has been too many years now. ..but.. ya never know!
After the criticisms levelled at this movie, I have to admit I actually enjoyed it. Okay, the physics may not stand up to close scrutiny but it's great escapist tosh! The movie incorporates superb effects some of the best I've ever seen , a cracking soundtrack and pretty good performances although Oldman is somewhat wasted in the movie . It's chewing gum for the eyes - disengage the brain and enjoy!