Lost in Space

 
Strictly for fans of the TV show or sci-fi buffs.
  • Review Date: October 3, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 122 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Spaceships are blown up and alien spiders are blasted with ray guns. Dr. Smith, who has been turned into a human/spider creature, is attacked by his own offspring.

Sex

Mild innuendo in the dialogue between Major West and Judy Robinson.

Language

Moderate profanity.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will see spaceships blown up and alien spiders blasted with ray guns. Dr. Smith, who has been turned into a human/spider creature, is attacked by his own offspring. There is also moderate profanity, and sexual innuendo between two characters. Will Robinson, whose ingenuity in problem solving and extensive science knowledge frequently gets the family out of danger, may inspire an interest in computers and robotics.

What's the story?

Danger, Will Robinson! The United Global Space Force is sending Professor John Robinson (William Hurt) and his family into space to colonize a distant planet. Professor Robinson is so wrapped up in the mission he never spends time with his children, much to the frustration of his son Will, a budding young science genius. When terrorist Dr. Zachary Smith (Gary Oldman) sabotages the mission, the Jupiter 2 is sent into an unknown corner of the universe. After encountering a spaceship filled with giant carnivorous spiders, they crash land on a planet where time is distorted. The distortion is caused by a time machine invented by an embittered adult Will Robinson who, in this reality, is the lone survivor of the family's mission. Dr. Smith, who has mutated into a spider creature, plans to use the machine to launch an attack on the Earth.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The special effects are impressive and exciting, but can't make up for an unfocused story and characters who fail to involve the viewer. With an all-star cast, hostile alien spiders, self-destructing planets, and state-of-the-art special effects, this big-budget remake of the goofy 1960s TV series should have been great fun. Unfortunately the movie's grim mood squashes the humor and adventure. Nearly every aspect of LOST IN SPACE, from Penny's outrage over being forced to leave the Earth, to barren planets and abandoned spaceships, emphasizes this harsh approach. The dark tone culminates with the confrontation with the older Will. Without the rollicking excitement of many space epics like Star Wars, these dark themes of loneliness, death, and abandonment may leave viewers feeling more depressed than uplifted

There are, however, some bright spots amidst the misery. Gary Oldman gives a delightfully smarmy performance as Dr. Smith, and it's fun to hear Dick Tufeld (the voice of the robot in the original series) once again exclaim "Danger, Will Robinson!" Nevertheless, the film will probably only be of interest to sci-fi buffs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about movie remakes and nostalagia. Why make a movie that essentially reproduces a TV show most popular when many of today's parents were kids? Do you think it's harder or easier than creating new characters, new themes, new stories? Is there an element of safety in remaking a once-popular movie or TV series?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 3, 1998
DVD release date:October 6, 1998
Cast:Gary Oldman, Matt LeBlanc, William Hurt
Director:Stephen Hopkins
Studio:New Line
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:122 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some intense sci-fi action

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Parent Written bydavidrox January 21, 2013
age 10+
 

Yep

It was great. i personally loved it, and i dont even know the TV show. the violence is tame mostly, but the innuendo is crazy, but the language is also tame. good positive role models, and i suggest kids 10 and up can see this. My MPAA Rating is PG for continuous comic violence and sexual innuendo, and brief language
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 8 years old June 20, 2010
age 11+
 
great dang movie
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

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