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The Lost Room - television mini-series DVD review
THE LOST ROOM Not Rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 5 stars
Actors: Peter Krause, Kevin Pollak, Julianna Margulies, Dennis Christopher
Directors: Craig R. Baxley, Michael W. Watkins   Studio: Lions Gate
DVD release: 03 April 2007   Runtime: 284 minutes (2 discs)
Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Features: Audio tracks (English, Spanish), 6 episodes

The Lost Room, a Sci-Fi Network mini-series, is sold as a two-disc movie set, and it is truly amazing just how much is packed into those two discs. Peter Krause stars as a cop whose daughter, played by Elle Fanning, is lost in a rather unusual way. As he falls into the world of lost rooms and objects, he realizes that there is nothing he won't do to get her back.

During an investigation into what is not a routine robbery, Detective Joe Miller comes to have The Key in his possession, initiating his instruction with The Objects - of which The Key is one of the more sought-after. Reality splintered a long time ago in the small, relatively unknown Sunrise Motel. The Key opens Room 10, a room that didn't exist when the motel was in operation. His daughter ends up in that room, and disappears. This traumatic event launches him into an adventure to find her.

Along the way, he meets many people obsessed by The Objects. A potential friend, played by Julianna Margulies, is affiliated with a group that tracks down Objects. Kevin Pollak plays the "bad guy." Other notables include Peter Jacobson, Roger Bart and April Grace. Quite a few familiar faces show up here and there through the course of the show.

There are groups vying for control of the Objects, and individual people tracking them down. Margaret Cho portrays the feisty, money-grubbing third party who keeps track of all of The Objects - who has them, how long they've kept hold, where to find them now. She'll be happy to tell you, for an exorbitant price. The Legion wants to collect and destroy all of them. The Order for Reunification is trying to gather all of them, using them as a basis for a new cult.

The Key not only opens Room 10; it will open a door that leads anywhere. If the keyholder is not thinking of a specific destination, it will choose one at random. If he has a spot in mind, lo and behold, he will find himself there. The Bus Ticket, when touched, poofs people to a remote location in New Mexico. There are The Wristwatch, The Comb, The Polaroid; The Pencil creates a penny out of thin air - a get-rich very, very slow scheme - and The Comb stops time for about 10 seconds. The list of Objects is around 100 pieces, and people steal and kill to acquire them, all for different reasons. They attract each other, causing people who have an Object to encounter others who have them. This creates a number of very interesting scenarios.

Each Object is an ordinary, everyday item, things that might be used in a motel room. How they came to be is one of the mysteries explored throughout the story.

The Lost Room is an inventive and imaginative show that breaks rules while somehow managing to keep it believable and grounded in the real world. It successfully struggles to find comedic balance with the very serious nature of a father who has lost his young daughter. One of the nicest things about investing time into this show is the inevitable discussions that will arise after watching. The "which Object do would you want" conversations can be endless. For around $15, there are six episodes to keep you guessing, packed full of great writing and special effects.

As for myself, I'd want The Bus Ticket.


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reviewed by Carolynn Evans
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