head head head
Home Contact RSS Feed
Blu-ray Review: Lost In Space
Vactor   |  

Lost In Space Blu-ray DVDLost In Space
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Starring William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert, Gary Oldman, Matt LeBlanc
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 7, 2010

Remember how good the J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek was? Remember how it took a 1960’s sci-fi show that lasted three seasons and updated it for a modern audience in a way that was both faithful to the original and exciting for newcomers? Good, because Lost In Space is here as a reminder of how easy it is to get all those things wrong.

As most box office buffs know, the movie is notable for being the film that finally ended Titanic‘s number one reign at the box office. That might be the best thing I can say about this movie.

Laughable dialog (not in a good way), a meandering plot involving time travel, a bloated running time, and dated CGI really sink what is essentially an interesting premise. It’s the Swiss Family Robinson but in space. That idea intrigues me, but they really squandered what could have been a fun sci-fi flick.

The cast is great (Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, etc.), but they’re never really given anything to sink their teeth into. Matt LeBlanc is totally miscast as the misogynistic fighter pilot who spouts cheesy one-liners the entire movie. Joey belongs in an apartment with Chandler, not out in space with Commissioner Gordon!

Fans of the original series will either get a kick out of all the references (the first two-thirds of the film stick very close to the pilot episode, there are many cameos by original cast-members, and catchphrases are found in abundance) or hate the changes that were made to “modernize” their Lost In Space. I have very little experience with the original series, only catching bits and pieces in syndication, but I feel like the heart of the show is somehow lost in translation.

The biggest misfire comes in the form of a Jar-Jar Binks-type creation called “Blarp.” It’s a little monkey-like alien creature that enters halfway through the movie and looks like a very rough animatic. It seriously looks like it jumped out of bad 3D animated movie and doesn’t belong anywhere near this film.

The film looks great on Blu-ray and die-hard fans may get some fun out of the movie, but other than that I say stay far away from this one.

Danger, Will Robinson indeed.

Vactor’s Verdict: A 2 Out Of 5

Special Features

Commentaries: One commentary track from director Stephen Hopkins and writer-producer Akiva Goldsman, and another from visual effect supervisors Angus Bickerton and Lauren Ritchie, director of photography Peter Levy, editor Ray Lovejoy, and producer Carla Fry.

Building the Special Effects (15:56): putting together so many visual effects for one movie.

Music Video (3:25) Lost In Space (theme) performed by Apollo Four Forty with scenes from the movie – rapid paced rock version of John Williams second original series theme song with dialog snippets.

Deleted scenes (11:47)

Theatrical Trailers (1:23)

The Future of Space Travel (9:48) – The science beyond the story.

Q&A With the Original Cast – TV Years (7:35) – Interviews with June Lockhart, Angela Cartwright, and Marta Kristen.

DTS-HD English audio and DD5.1 Spanish, along with English, French and Spanish subtitles.


  1. Was just thinking about this movie the other day. I was just the right age to not think it was horrible when it came out. I did have a major crush on Lacey Chabert due to this movie, so cute! Gonna have to revisit the film pretty soon now.

    Comment by SomeDudeInPA — September 21, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  2. Horrible CGI work.

    Horrible acting by Matt LeBlanc.

    A kid reprogramming his robot to be his best friend.

    It doesn’t get any worse than this!

    As bad as it was, Gary Oldman did a fantastic job portraying Dr. Smith. That was cheesy too.

    I still watch this movie. Make it a true triple feature and watch this movie with Judge Dredd and Tank Girl.

    Comment by Devon — September 21, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

  3. At the time, I was astounded by the use of what would later be known as bullettime during the “OMG hyperspace thru teh SUN!” sequence. This was the first time outside of the famous GAP “Khaki Swing” commercial ( I had ever seen the multi-camera photography. Totally blew me away. The rest of the film, as said above, was bantha-poodoo.

    Comment by Slipstream — September 22, 2010 @ 12:10 am

  4. CGI has a funny way of dating movies. Ten years from now we’ll all be laughing at the Star Wars prequel movies.

    well, we’ll just add it to the list of current atrocities.

    Comment by Devon Grey — September 22, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

Previous Article
Next Article
You may have noticed that we're now AD FREE! Please support Geeks of Doom by using the Amazon Affiliate link above. All of our proceeds from the program go toward maintaining this site.
Geeks of Doom on Twitter Geeks of Doom on Facebook Geeks of Doom on Instagram Follow Geeks of Doom on Tumblr Geeks of Doom on YouTube Geeks of Doom Email Digest Geeks of Doom RSS Feed
The Drill Down Podcast TARDISblend Podcast Westworld Podcast
2023  ·   2022  ·   2021  ·   2020  ·   2019  ·   2018  ·   2017  ·   2016  ·   2015  ·   2014  ·  
2013  ·   2012  ·   2011  ·   2010  ·   2009  ·   2008  ·   2007  ·   2006  ·   2005
Geeks of Doom is proudly powered by WordPress.

Students of the Unusual™ comic cover used with permission of 3BoysProductions
The Mercuri Bros.™ comic cover used with permission of Prodigal Son Press

Geeks of Doom is designed and maintained by our geeky webmaster
All original content copyright ©2005-2023 Geeks of Doom
All external content copyright of its respective owner, except where noted
Creative Commons License
This website is licensed under
a Creative Commons License.
About | Privacy Policy | Contact