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Lost in Space

Year: 1998
Studio: New Line CInema
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Producer: Stephen Hopkins/Akiva Goldsman
Writer: Akiva Goldsman
Cast: William Hurt, Mimi Rodgers, Matt LeBlanc, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert
Critically flogged on release and mostly forgotten as ill-advised now, it's actually easy to forget just what a cool movie this was, in the roller coaster-exciting vein.

And to be honest, I couldn't see what was so wrong with the characters, story or premise either. Updating everything to a fairly serious future society of seditious space fighter squadrons attacking official outposts, product placement deals with high tech firms and advanced technology, it sends the Robinson family to outer space on aboard Jupiter 2 to found a colony and save humanity from an irreparably polluted Earth.

When the miscreant Smith (a camp Oldman, clearly enjoying himself) stows away, his panic at realising he's trapped damages the drive systems and the Robinsons are blasted across space, lost.

Some great set pieces with icons we know (like the Robot) and fresh ideas like the VR displays as Will battles the electronic spiders. They threw a good deal of money at the effects and it shows. I'm crossing the critical floor and calling it a good sci-fi movie.

And anyone who thinks the Wachowskis invented bullet time should get this on DVD straight away.

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