An intriguiging tale by sci-fi eminence Arthur C. Clarke becomes a tepid made-for-cable disaster exploit in TRAPPED IN SPACE. The opening credits are still rolling when we first see the co-ed crew of the cosmic freighter Venture having sex, wisecracking about sex, and presumably thinking
about sex--well, it is a flight to Venus, after all. The fun's over when a meteor collision leaves the craft without enough oxygen to last all of them for the remainder of the journey. The cowardly captain deserts in the emergency shuttle after informing the cheesy-looking "Interplanetary News"
that his shipmates are dead, so they needn't bother with a rescue; consequently, the only option open to the Venture crew is deciding who gets tossed out of the airlock and who stays.
Ensuing melodrama reminds one what a dull and surly bunch the people in ALIEN were without a creature stalking them. Attempts to inject some mystery into the proceedings are befuddled, as one scowling space jockey knifes a Toto-like dog belonging to the female Chief Mate (Kay Lenz); she murders
him, then commits suicide with poison--which contradicts a later revelation that cunning wastrel Chief Engineer MacNeil (Jack Wagner) replaced all the toxins with table salt in case any aspiring lone survivor doped the coffee. This move gives him an advantage over his remaining rival Grant (Jack
Coleman), who has something unsavory in his background the script never gets around to explaining. At least the pic's end manages to be emotionally satisfying, even as it jettisons the intellectual fatalism of Clarke's original.
Special effects are mediocre, with no attempt to simulate a zero-gravity environment; everyone scampers surefootedly around interiors resembling office suites linked by submarine corridors, production design that only hints at the claustrophobic terror this material needed. TRAPPED IN SPACE was
shot in Australia for the cable-TV and domestic home video markets. (Violence, sexual situations, adult situations, substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: An intriguiging tale by sci-fi eminence Arthur C. Clarke becomes a tepid made-for-cable disaster exploit in TRAPPED IN SPACE. The opening credits are still rolling when we first see the co-ed crew of the cosmic freighter Venture having sex, wisecracking ab… (more)