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Festivale online magazine, April, 1998
Lost in Space movie review
Lost again, the Space Family Robinson return

Lost in Space is a rewrite of the original pilot episode of
the Irwin Allen series. This new version has updated science, special effects, and gender roles.

Much of the fun in this Lost in Space is the relationships between the characters -- the tensions and the similarities and growing respect that bind us all together. Whatever else storytellers put up on the screen, ultimately it is the people that we are watching. In this Lost in Space the whole family has spunk and techno-awareness.

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Heather Graham as Dr Judy Robinson plays cat-and-mouse with Major West's (Matt Le Blanc) ego to the delight of the audience. Will and Penny manage to cooperate and fight at the same time. He wants her to come out of the sleep tube less nasty, she's for his not waking up at all. While Will is once again a boy wonder, the nineties Penny is a much better-defined character than the original, enlivening the screen with her Penny Vision diary entries. Particularly enjoyable is Mimi Rogers as the take-no-prisoners tough-gal Professor Maureen who speaks for women everywhere when she shuts down the battle between Major West and her husband for command and alpha male status.

We are treated to mysterious derelict spacecraft, nasty spiders with delusions of Alien-hood, hyperspace jumps into the unknown, explosions, crashes, time warps, and incredibly super-cool skin tight outfits in black that respond to voice commands. I have seen the future and it goes swish!

It is a pity that Lost in Space rates an M. I'm assured by Stephen W. a local techno-journo and dad that this isn't a film for young kids, so keep the sub-teenagers away. I am grateful that the filmmakers took the hard road rather than go for twee, wholesome and didactic, which is often the Hollywood recipe for child-suitable productions. Hard-core science fiction fans be warned that some of the SF is wince-worthy.

Lost in Space is fun for all the grown-up boys and girls: lots of movement, flashing lights, cool hardware, and activity. Men, women and children all get to be adventurous. Will uses teleoperation to run the robot and fight monsters while Penny joins her sister and mother suspended from rigs repairing the ship hull.

It all ends with a big explosive finale, and as the family hits hyperdrive to the deafening closing Lost in Space dance mix we can all be sure that there are sequels in our future.

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Title: Lost in Space (1998)
Written by: Akiva Goldsman 
Directed by: Stephen Hopkins 
Produced by: Michael De Luca (executive), Carla Fry (co-producer), Akiva Goldsman, Stephen Hopkins,Mark W. Koch, Mace Neufeld (executive), Robert Rehme (executive), Richard Saperstein (executive), Kris Wiseman McIntyre (co-producer)
Edited by: Ray Lovejoy 
Director of Photography: Peter Levy

The Players:
William Hurt.... John Robinson
Gary Oldman.... Dr. Zachary Smith
Heather Graham .... Judy Robinson
Mimi Rogers.... Maureen Robinson
Matt LeBlanc.... Don West
Lacey Chabert.... Penny Robinson
Jack Johnson .... Will Robinson
with Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, Richard Harris, Marta Kristen, June Lockhart
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