Lost In Space


(out of 5)

Splendid visual effects and beautiful production design make this empty-headed sci-fi flick watchable entertainment, aided by cute performances and a loopy time-travel plot that never makes any sense. The Robinson family, a sort of space-age version of Johann David Wyss’s Swiss Family Robinson, are sent on a mission to colonize a new planet far away in another galaxy. Their plans are interrupted when their ship is sabotaged by a villain () and they are left up space creek without a paddle. It’s up to the ingenuity of young Will (), his medical expert sister (), his computer savvy other sister (), their loving and supportive parents (, ) and their ship’s crack ace pilot (, giving an impressively non-goofy performance) to keep them alive until they can find their way back home. An open ending suggests plans for a sequel, though none materialized and it’s easy to see why: the actors have no chemistry between them and none of the action is particularly memorable. Still, you could do a lot worse.

New Line Cinema, Saltire Entertainment, Irwin Allen Productions, Prelude Pictures

USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the television series by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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