In the year 2058, the Earth will soon be uninhabitable after the irreversible effects of pollution and global warming! Professor John Robinson, lead scientist of the Jupiter 2 Mission, will lead his family to the habitable planet Alpha Prime to prep it for colonization. The Jupiter 2 is equipped with a hyperdrive that allows faster-than-light travel, which will eventually be employed to evacuate the citizens of Earth. However hypergates must be constructed on Earth and Alpha Prime to provide stable points of departure and arrival. Dr. Zachary Smith is bribed by a terrorist organization to sabotage the mission, and ends up an unwilling stowaway as the ship blasts off. Written by
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Despite opening in theaters on April 3, Lost in Space (1998) was the first new film of 1998 to open at #1 at the box office. This was due to the incredible 15-week reign of Titanic (1997) at the top spot, which began in late December. Since it finally knocked "Titanic" out of the #1 spot on the box office charts, for a short time after its release the movie was given the nickname "The Iceberg". See more »
When Penny is talking to Will about jettisoning his body into space, the package in her hand suddenly disappears when she claps her hands together. Immediately afterwards, she retrieves it from her left. See more »
Cashing in on the old TV show & big special effects
Having watched this movie, it's easy to believe a producer and writer, sitting drunk at a table one night, saying "Hey ... how about this. Lost in Space movie. Throw in some well known faces, some big special effects, a cute overly shiny alien, and something about time travel. Doesn't need to make sense."
The actors have done well, considering the script is full of cliches and plotholes, and none turn in bad performances. In fact, without William Hurt and Gary Oldman, the movie would have been far worse. The special effects, the costumes, set design are all very well done, but the failure of the movie comes down to the bad script. Besides taking lines directly out of other movies (Back to the Future is just one ... "where the hell ..." "the question is WHEN the hell ..."), and phrases that were considered well-worn when the original series was around, there are "huggy moments" throughout the script which makes you feel the writer is beating you over the head with a "warm fuzzy hammer". Penny's problems magically solved? West and Judy finally realising they like each other after all? Father and son reaffirming their love? It's like a mix between Plan 9 From Outer Space and Steel Magnolias.
And don't even think about the poor "time travel / alternate universe" scenario. There are so many contradictions and badly-thought out ideas surrounding that, it could physically injure you if you tried to contemplate it for too long.
A sequel isn't as terrifying an idea as it may first sound ... with the same cast and crew, it may even be enjoyable. But please, a better script next time, for goodness sake.
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