Lost in Space

Lost in Space

Stephen Hopkins (1998)

124min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This big-budget screen version of Irwin Allen's cult 1960s TV series is a charmless if flashy affair under the direction of Stephen Hopkins. The Robinson family's Earth migration experiment is sabotaged by evil Doctor Smith (Gary Oldman) and they are forced to land on a mysterious planet inhabited by mutated monster spiders. A conscious attempt to be all things to all audiences falls flat - cute stuff including a lovable space monkey will annoy adults, while the "family values" sermons will bore kids rigid. The special effects, nostalgic look, varying tone and acting (with Matt LeBlanc an honourable exception) never gel into an enjoyable whole in what is basically a cynical marketing exercise.

Summary

A pioneering scientist takes his family out into space to colonise another planet. However, a saboteur has infiltrated their craft, and his meddling leaves them stranded in unknown territory on the other side of the galaxy. Sci-fi adventure based on the 1960s TV show, starring William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman, Mimi Rogers and Heather Graham.

Cast & Crew

Dr Smith Gary Oldman
John Robinson William Hurt
Don West Matt LeBlanc
Maureen Robinson Mimi Rogers
Judy Robinson Heather Graham
Penny Robinson Lacey Chabert
Will Robinson Jack Johnson
Older Will Jared Harris
General Mark Goddard
Jeb Walker Lennie James
Reporter No 1 Marta Kristen
Principal Cartwright June Lockhart
Reporter No 2 Angela Cartwright
Robot Dick Tufeld
Businessman Edward Fox
Noah Freeman John Sharian
Director Stephen Hopkins
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence, edited for some of its language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama