The Lost Room (2006)

Genre(s): Adventure / Drama / Mystery / Science Fiction
Lions Gate || NR - 284 minutes - $19.98 || April 3, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-04-14


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

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.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Craig R. Baxley, Michael W. Watkins
Writer(s): Laura Harkcom & Christopher Leon (teleplay, "The Key and the Clock"); Christopher Leon & Paul Workman (story, "The Key and the Clock"); Laura Harkcom & Christopher Leon (written by, "The Comb/The Box" & "The Eye/The Occupant")
Cast: Peter Krause, Julianne Margulies, Peter Jacobson, Dennis Christopher, April Grace, Elle Fanning, Ewen Bremner, Ann Cusack, Margaret Cho, Roger Bart, Kevin Pollak


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • "Inside The Lost Room Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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Plot (from DVD back cover): A mysterious event at the Sunshine Motel caused ordinary things in Room 10 to transform into indestructible objects with extraordinary powers. Detective Joe Miller (Peter Krause) discovers the dangerous potential of these objects when his daughter becomes lost in the room. His only hope of saving her is to find The Key, but shadowy figures will stop at nothing to keep it - and the other objects - for themselves.

The Sci-Fi Channel also brought “The Triangle” and while that mini-series was entertaining, it lacked a certain emotional impact that “Room” contains. Spread over three episodes (for the DVD, it's futher split into 6-parts), “The Lost Room” never becomes dull or boring and although some of the acting is spotty, the story itself is quite interesting.

From Peter Krause as the father only trying to get his daughter (Fanning) back, Julianne Margulies (Snakes on a Plane) as a woman a part of a group trying to gather and destroy the mysterious objects and Kevin Pollock as a man with perhaps shady intentions for collecting the items. These characters are not well developed and very one-dimensional, but they at least come across as ordinary people in an extraordinary situation; and there are science fiction elements that force one to suspend one’s disbelief.

What also makes the mini-series great is the relationships between these characters and the objects each covet so much. Much like “Heroes” and their powers, “Lost Room” features individuals who in some way or another obtained various objects. One character (played by Bremner) has a comb that stops time for 10-seconds, another uses scissors to twist and turn objects and yet another has a pack of cards that will bring horrific visions to its victims. Each object (and there are at least hundreds more) are very ordinary and, if one doesn’t flow with the tale, would be quite silly.

I found “The Lost Room” both fascinating and gripping in its storytelling. The four and a half hour run time is well worth the commitment. The one and only flaw isn’t with the story per se, but it seems the SciFi Channel wanted to make this into a regular series therefore some story elements are not properly wrapped up. Would have been nice to get another cut that removes some of the unnecessary storylines, yet it’s not a major distraction.

“The Lost Room” is a combination of “The Twilight Zone” with a little “Heroes” and, in a certain way, “Quantum Leap”. I can see how they wanted to make this into a series and it’s a shame it’ll never come to fruition. I think it had the possibility of being more absorbing and intriguing than shows you see on the big 4 networks.

If you see this on DVD or on your schedule grid, give this a try.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Inside The Lost Room (18:07) - This is your basic making-of featurette that covers every aspect from the casting, set design and special effects. Given the length, it seems like this already aired on SciFi at some point (like the featurette for “The Triangle”). It is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The mini-series is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.78) and is suitable enough, though upon closer inspection, many images look too fuzzy at times. I don’t know if there was for a budgetary reason for this or it was a decision by the directors. I also noticed once or twice that there seemed to be some dust or scratches so this was not a pristine picture.

The only audio option comes in the form of Dolby Digital 5.1 and is quite underwhelming. Although I had my system cranked up more than usual, my back speakers weren’t utilized too much. The track is better than your normal TV speaker so I probably wouldn’t watch this without the Dolby Digital option.



.::OVERALL::.

“The Lost Room” is an appealing mini-series worth watching through four hours and features an interesting premise that would’ve made a great TV series. The DVD doesn’t have much going for it in the special features department but the story is well worth watching this mini-series.