Lost in Space

Lost in SpaceGenre: Sci-fi | Year: 1998 | Duration: 130 mins | Director: Stephen Hopkins | Medium: VCD (Eagle Entertainment) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 2.5*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: “Robot: Warning! Warning! Alien approaching!”

The plot of this film is an adaptation from the 1960s TV series by the same name. In year 2058, the Robinson family comprising of five members, who apparently are all nerds and space explorers, along with Major Don West (Matt Leblanc) begins their journey from the dying Earth to another planet, Alpha Prime, using the newly built Hyper-drive for the next 10 years in stasis. However a terrorist re-programs an on-board robot, that changes the course of pre-fixed trajectory, and all of them gets lost in space, and crash-lands on a dying planet, after fighting off alien spiders, and rescuing a chameleon variety of monkey from a broken space ship from future. The rest of the movie is about entering bubbled time-warps and meeting Robinson Jr. in future where he has successfully built a time machine, and escape from being sucked into the black hole to the vast outer space.

Even though the special effects and animation are brilliant considering 1990s , the story line is totally unfocused and depressing. The future looked as bleak as the past with similar domestic problems and realities, so much so that sometimes the sci-fi turned into a family drama. The end was very bleak, and even a viewer with low IQ can conjure up the time vortex goof-up. I think i would have enjoyed the movie if I was 10!

This ‘lost & incoherent’ sci-fi with hollow adventure is my Movie of the Day.

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The Avengers

avengGenre: Sci-fi | Year: 2012 | Duration: 143 mins | Director: Joss Whedon | Medium: Theater (DT Cinemas, Saket) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 4.5*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: “Steve Rogers (Capt. America): Stark, we need a plan of attack!

                               Tony Stark (Iron Man): I have a plan: attack!”

Nick Fury, director of SHIELD assembles a team of super heroes (Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow) to counter from subjugating Earth, and protecting Tesseract.  They all assemble on a freighter, which takes shape of a spaceship with stealth capabilities and make it their base of operations to launch counter strike against Loki and his army of Chitauris, an alien force from space. Loki brings his army for invasion of earth through a portal into space using Tesseract. The super heroes fight tooth and nail and defeat the highly mechanized (very much reminded me of the machines from Matrix) Chitauri fleet, with Iron Man nailing the Mother ship parked in space using a nuclear missile and setting its course through the open portal. In the end, Thor arrests Loki and surrenders him and the Tesseract to Asgard. Among all assembled super heroes, I wondered at the usefulness of Black Widow in the team other than glam factor. Guess they should have borrowed Cat Woman from DC who would have been better choice, adding both power and glam together.

This science fiction out of Marvel’s with impressive feat of cinematic engineering is my Movie of the Day

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