Picks and Pans Review: Lost in Space
William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Gary Oldman, Matt LeBlanc, Heather Graham
Those space-traveling Robinsons (who, fans of the original TV series will recall, left Earth in 1965 with the happy if mistaken confidence of a suburban family driving to a theme park) arrive on the screen some three decades later. This time they are dressed up with some excellent ’90s special effects—the old Robot, now about twice its original size, looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger in armor—but weighed down with trite ’90s pop psychology.
The premise is the same: Scientist dad (Hurt), wife (Rogers), three kids, pilot (LeBlanc) and evil Dr. Smith (Oldman, underplaying a prime ham role) get waylaid on an exploratory voyage to the end of the galaxy. But where’s the old show’s silly innocence? The family is now dysfunctional. Daughter Penny (Lacey Chabert) snarls like an angry mall rat. Father and son lock horns in a time warp, not the most convenient spot to work out issues. These Robinsons should have gone into therapy, not space. (PG-13)
Bottom Line: Off course