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The groovy sci-fi epic goes Blu...
Fox / 100 Minutes / 1966 / Unrated / Street Date: October 8, 2013
In Fantastic Voyage, a shrinking machine has been invented. The problem is that the shrinkage only lasts sixty minutes before the shrunken items return to normal size. A rival country also possesses such a shrinking machine, and it too is hobbled by the sixty-minute limit. One man has found the solution, but he is in a coma! The logical solution-shrink down a transport module containing a surgeon and a crew and inject them into the comatose man 's artery, where they can then travel to the man's brain and operate from the inside. This might sound easy on paper, but it is not. Complicating matters is the fact that the rival country knows about the comatose man and will do anything to prevent the man from revealing his knowledge.
The premise of Fantastic Voyage is difficult to believe, but once you accept it, this film becomes surprisingly realistic. I am no doctor, but at least the terminology they were using made sense. The characters were very dull thanks to stiff actors (this film needed the presence of someone like Sean Connery in the role of Grant), and the Donald Pleasance character was ridiculous, but the other elements of the story make up for these weaknesses.
The sixty-minute deadline is a great way to let the audience know that the movie is not going to drag on forever. I especially liked the tightly plotted exposition. The special effects are not spellbinding, but they do their job well enough to lend some credibility to the idea that we are seeing inside the human body. Fantastic Voyage won Oscars for special effects and art direction.