Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Lost Room |
Actors: Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies, Peter Jacobson, Dennis Christopher, April Grace
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
In the 1960s, an unknown event at the Sunshine Motel caused ordinary things in Room 10 to transform into items of wonder. The room and its contents gained unique and inexplicable properties, transforming them from mundane ... more »
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Kenneth C. from GLENDALE, AZ
Reviewed on 3/31/2011...
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Gerri R. from BRUCE XING, MI
Reviewed on 1/26/2010...
This miniseries is great because it is so different than anything else. It has elements of other science fiction in it that are our now such as "Fringe" and "Lost" and even elements of "The Twilight Zone."
If you like a good science fiction story, you will love "The Lost Room."
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Roland V. (AlHazred) from PISCATAWAY, NJ
Reviewed on 5/29/2008...
In The Lost Room, Detective Joe Miller gets caught up in the frenzy surrounding a number of Objects. The Objects are perfectly ordinary-looking items that all were in room 10 of the Sunshine Motel near the town of Gallup, New Mexico at 1:20:45 pm, May 4, 1961. At that time, something happened in that room that ripped it out of reality and imbued the Objects in it with supernatural powers. The Objects bring out the worst in people; untold numbers of people have died in the secret wars and machinations surrounding possession of the Objects. Detective Miller comes into the possession of the key, one of the most powerful Objects, which gives the user access to the actual Room 10; he is driven to learn everything he can about the Objects and what event created them when his daughter disappears inside the Room.
I liked the way the miniseries slowly built up over the three days that they showed it. I felt like these were real people reacting as people would react in these unusual circumstances - confronted with proof positive of "real magic" at work, how many people would retain their old attitudes about things? In addition, Joe Miller gets to use his mind throughout the show. I like a show with a smart hero, and the smartness he displays is real intelligence, not manufactured incidents - he does things that I'm thinking to myself as I watch the show.
The miniseries ends with some questions answered, but many, many more still left in the air. I could definitely see a regular weekly series surrounding the Objects and the continuing attempts by various factions and cabals to possess them. Some of the cabals believe that God is dead, and that the Objects are pieces of his body. Others think they can communicate with God through the right combination of Objects. Still others think the Objects are of alien origin. Finally, they don't answer the best mystery of them all - how the Room and the Objects came to be. I have a hard time coming up with a really satisfying Event that explains it all, and I'm sure the writers had a similar hard time. But I'd like to know the answer anyway.
Anyway, I recommend this series if you enjoy Modern Fantasy stories, conspiracies, or shows about consequences and the use of intelligence.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
The glass eye's my favorite
H. Bala | Carson - hey, we have an IKEA store! - CA USA | 01/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"LOST ROOM is an intriguing, thought-provoking science fiction mini-series which was shown on the Sci-Fi Channel from December 11th to the 13th in three parts: "The Key and the Clock," "The Comb and the Box," & "The Eye and the Prime Object." This show offers up a neat-concept, sci-fi mystery that'll keep you guessing and glued to the set; and the good news, so far, is that there's nary a mention of that played-out plot about space aliens conducting experiments on unsuspecting Earthlings, a card which I was half-expecting this show to play.
Here we go now with TONS OF SPOILERS: In the 1960s, a mysterious event transpires at the Sunshine Motel in Gallup, New Mexico, off the famous Route 66. Since then, various everyday objects that had been in Room 10 of that motel - objects numbering around a hundred and now scattered to the winds - seem to have inexplicably gained vast and wondrous powers (a comb that freezes time for 10 seconds when run thru one's hair, a pen that, when clicked, microwaves your enemies, a radio which, when tuned to the right station, grants 3 inches of height, a deck of cards which will disable onlookers, a nail file which induces sleep, etc.). A belief circulating underground is that a grouping of these objects will cause them to exhibit new properties and grant their owner god-like powers, even possibly allowing the owner access to the mind of God... Inevitably, over the past decades, disparate groups have sought these objects for their own varying purposes. Which then brings us to the show's protagonist: Joe Miller.
In the course of investigating a baffling case involving two men found burned to a crispy death in a pawn shop, Pittsburg homicide detective and single dad Joe Miller (Peter Krause, SPORTS NIGHT, SIX FEET UNDER) comes upon a magical motel room key which, when used on any convenient door, gives him access to an eternally sun-drenched motel room frozen in time since the 1960s. Miller discovers that, from this motel room, he can reach any destination he calls to mind. He learns of another odd quirk of the room: no matter what he does to it or in it, the room resets itself to its original composition the next time he enters.
His digging of clues leads him to an eccentric named Wally (Peter Jacobson), who owns a bus ticket which teleports whosoever is smacked on the head with it. Wally proceeds to unload pertinent info on Miller regarding the motel room and the amazing objects which had been occupying it. Wally further informs Miller that these indestructible artifacts are drawn to each other, then warns him that people will soon come looking for him - "bad people" who are desperate to possess the key. Rapidly after, Miller's quest for truth finds focus tragically close to home when his charming, young daughter, Anna (Elle Fanning, Dakota's younger sis), vanishes in the mysterious Room 10.
In his efforts to find his daughter, Miller becomes hunted by his fellow police, who come to believe that he has kidnapped Anna; he also runs afoul of other organizations - various shadowy cabals, some of them despicable and ruthless, bent on collecting the items to gain incalculable powers (such as the determined Karl Kreutzfeld's group) or to talk to God (such as the nutjob Order of Reunification) and the Legion, a supposedly more benevolent group who seeks to protect humanity by destroying these items. Miller must evade the clutches of the cabals and remain vigilant against the Legion as he drastically attempts to unearth the history of the enigmatic Room 10 and the Sunshine Motel. Things get more chancy as it seems the only way to retrieve his daughter is to ferret out the Primal Object, the controlling item which holds dominion over all the other items. But which one is it? Can the aid of several quirky characters and the beautiful Jennifer Bloom (Julianna Margulies, ER), who seems to have secrets of her own, be enough for Miller to survive and gain back his daughter? Well, with the possibility of an ongoing series on the Sci-Fi Channel, I'd bet on it.
Viewers seeking a quick and easy resolution to the mystery will be disappointed here as the mini-series concludes with plenty of questions left unanswered. In fact, the last half hour of Part 3 engages more in launching new plotlines than in closing the book on existing ones... again, paving the way for a regular series. The cast is pretty darn good. Peter Krause as the desperate Joe Miller plays up just the right amounts of panicky fatherhood and resourceful detective and does it with a relatable, down-to-earth panache. Kevin Pollak plays the cold and deadly, mob-type boss, Karl Kreutzfeld, with charm and civilized vindictiveness. Pollak, a comedian turned very capable actor, makes you actually feel compassion for his character once you find out his real motivation. Sleazy operator Howard "the Weasel" Montague is played with zest by Roger Bart, while Elle Fanning (Dakota's younger sis) is okay as Miller's cute kid. I do feel that Julianna Margulies could've done more with her part; she seemed quite disinterested in the goings-on, but I acknowledge that her role was pretty thankless.
The powers-that-be made a good decision in allowing the involving story to become the star of the show, as opposed to bludgeoning us with multiple, flashy special effects. As it is, the effects that do pop up are nicely executed and are perfectly in tune with the story. The budget must've been nice.
As I've mentioned, this mini-series is intriguing, and part of the intrigue is that it deliberately chooses to leaves holes in its storyline. Part of whether the viewer ultimately sees this show in a positive light will depend on his or her reaction to the barrage of questions that are left unanswered. The series is wagering that the audience will be so caught up in the mystery that it ultimately chooses to support it. LOST ROOM will have those inclined thinking in philosophical and metaphysical terms, and there might be a bit of quantum physics thrown in that mix, too. And for we lesser mortals - who just aren't built towards intellectual ponderings - fear not; there is enough steady infusion of uneasy alliances, betrayals, plot twists, action, and cool f/x to satisfy our craving for low-brow entertainment. Now, I don't know how well this premise would work as a regular television series; there's a danger that things might get too predictable and stale after a few showings. I'm assuming that each episode would involve the hunt for an empowered object, and really, how many curve balls can you throw to make that consistently interesting? But wouldn't it be nifty to find out?
Good Miniseries.....but why is this DVD so poorly executed!
R. Hiltz | 04/11/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this Sci Fi miniseries. It was an original concept with a well developed plot and generally good acting. Being from western Pa, I enjoyed the fact that it was set in Pittsburgh. I won't describe the plot, that's already been done in previous reviews. So let's describe the DVD. I had recorded the complete series, but enjoyed it so much I decided to spring for the DVD. Now you would assume that the manufacturer would take the time to insure all the features, menu options, etc. worked as displayed on the screen. You would however be wrong. I knew I was in trouble when removing the security stickers. There is so much glue on them that you get a thick layer of sticky goo on the top and bottom of the DVD case. Great start. When you load Disc 1, you get some previews for some other Lionsgate productions. A Bermuda Triangle (another Sci Fi miniseries) preview is included and the transfer looks like it came from a VCR. Anyway, you get though this stuff (the menu button is disabled) and are presented with THE LOST ROOM. There are 4 "episode" radio buttons and a Play All radio button. As you step through these, you will note that the "highlight" doesn't match the radio button. (but surprisingly, go to an episode and back and it does) As noted in another review, the Play All button does not work and takes you back to the previews. Really frustrating. However, the worst part, is that the video transfer quality is horrendous. I am so disappointed, I haven't even bothered with disc 2. So be warned, if you buying this because you enjoyed "The Lost Room", you will be really disappointed in lack of effort Lionsgate put into this DVD. Review: Miniseries 5 stars - DVD 1 star = Average 2.5 stars (rounded up)."
Best sci-fi show I saw in 2006
Sam Lowry | Planet Earth | 02/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This mini-series really stuck with me. I rarely recommend shows to anyone, but this one I did to many people. There are some unnecessary plot points which seemed to be setting up a future series, but other than that- great cast, intelligent and creative writing, cool locations, and more.
Hopefully this is released widescreen as well, a cropped version would not do it justice."