May 11th, 2008

Aye-Aye

the lost room

I've been making a concerted effort, these past few days, to make inroads on the six-foot-tall-stack of DVDs that I haven't watched, and the first fruits of these inroads has been The Lost Room.
I liked this a lot. It has a brilliant premise. Sometime in 1961 an Event (which is never explained, and I really liked that) happened in Room 10 of the Sunrise Motel in Gallup, Texas. The Event altered all the objects which were in the room at the time, bestowing strange powers on them, some of them more or less useless (there's a radio that, when tuned to a certain frequency, makes you three inches taller, and a wristwatch which will hard-boil an egg) and some which have epochal properties, such as the key to Room 10, which opens all doors, and the glass eye, which has the power to heal or destroy all flesh.
In the intervening years, several subcultures have grown up devoted to collecting The Objects, either to destroy them or to gather them together in the belief that they will reveal the will of God, or even be God.
Peter Krause (who plays a homicide detective) loses his daughter in Room 10, and sets out on a quest to rescue her which brings him into conflict and then alliance with Kevin Pollak, who plays an Object Collector with a perfectly understandable agenda.
It's smartly written, very funny in places, and very well acted. And although Peter Krause is very very good, I kept thinking that this was a perfect part for Nathan Fillion. He'd have been brilliant in this role.
But yes, much recommended. A little gem. See this, if you get the chance.
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