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7.8 17 10
FanFix June 24, 2012 2707
(Updated: September 17, 2012)
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Review by Kolpitz — May 27, 2009 @ 12:32 am

Man, oh man, does this movie suck. I was 16 when “Lost in Space” first crashed into cinemas, taking the #1 spot away from “Titanic” nonetheless, and I remember actually liking (or, at the very least, not hating) this movie. Boy, was I wrong! Things start out horribly right off the bat, with some of the worst CGI to ever grace the screen. I understand that this movie was made over a decade ago but you shouldn’t try something so “ambitious” if technology hasn’t caught up with you yet. The acting is uniformly awful, except for maybe William Hurt. Matt LeBlanc is especially terrible and this is coming from a guy that LOVES “Friends” and his character of Joey. Anyway, the movie sucks … hard … so on to the edit itself. If there is a Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg of FanEditing, Uncanny Antman’s the guy. He proved, with “Terminator 3: The Coming Storm” that you could, in fact, polish a turd. He took a mediocre Arnie movie with “Jericho Cane” and made it highly entertaining. With “Echo,” he took a film I really, really liked and made it even better. “Lost in Space” is probably his most ambitious edit to date, since even with stinkers like “Alien vs. Predator” under his belt, “Lost in Space” still takes the cake for “Worst Movie” he’s ever attempted to edit. For about the first 20 to 30 minutes, I was starting to believe that not even UA could salvage this wreck. At about the half hour mark, though (when the crew boards the Prometheus), things start to pick up and the film becomes pretty watchable (not good, but no longer painful). I found myself being able to watch the final hour without problem and that’s saying a lot, considering the source material. The removal of Blarp helps the most, but the shedding of almost 40 minutes of painful material helps immensely as well. This edit isn’t going to convert anyone into a “Lost in Space” (the movie) fan but that doesn’t diminish it’s achievements on UA’s part. Just making this film easy to sit through is a miracle unto itself.
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