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Fantastic Voyage

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 2

The special effects may be a bit dated today, but Fantastic Voyage still holds up well as an imaginative journey into the human body.

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The special effects may be a bit dated today, but Fantastic Voyage still holds up well as an imaginative journey into the human body.

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Stephen Boyd heads a team of scientists sent on a bizarre experimental mission. Through a revolutionary and as-yet-untested process, the scientists and their special motorized vehicle are miniaturized, then injected into the blood stream of a near-death scientist (Jean del Val). Their mission is to relieve a blood clot caused by an assassination attempt. One member of the expedition is bent on sabotage so that the scientist's secrets will die with him. Another member is Raquel Welch, seemingly

Jun 4, 2007

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The lavish production, boasting some brilliant special effects and superior creative efforts, is an entertaining, enlightening excursion through inner space -- the body of a man.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This special effects extravaganza from 1966 has proved surprisingly enduring, despite a technical quality crude by contemporary standards; perhaps it's the screwball poetry of the plot.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An opportunity missed, therefore -- especially as the imaginative sets are slightly tackily realised -- but fun all the same.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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All I can tell you is it is quite a trip.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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With such titles as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes, the 1960s proved to be a particularly rich decade for science fiction cinema, and Fantastic Voyage stands as one of the period's most imaginative efforts.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

"Fantastic Voyage" is a fun adventure with some incredible sets representing the inside of the human body. What it lacks in reality is made up by beauty and skill.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Not be as suspenseful as it once was, because we've seen many shots of the body's interior and we no longer have the undercurrents of the Cold War that made life itself an edge-of-the-seat affair. But it's still a fun sci-fi excursion.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Despite the film being nearly 50 years old, it's still pretty impressive what they were able to accomplish using practical photography. Sure it's campy, but it's the kitschy design that makes it so much fun to watch.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

That it carries the viewer along is thanks largely to its kitsch charm, its energetic pace and the stunning sets designed by Harper Goff.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Half planetarium, half lava lamp

February 6, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Fascinating still, but suffers from lack of more sophisticated special effects. Still...imagine Raquel Welch moving around inside.

March 14, 2009
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Their voyage through the body's bloodstream past assorted organs was created by inventive special effects that make this one of the more visually interesting science fiction films of its era.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...our own human interior was revealed, like a Jacques Cousteau travelogue, in screen-filling vistas of surreal canals and chambers filled with floating psychedelia and the amorphous Jell-O colors of a Jimi Hendrix concert.

June 3, 2007 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

Well directed science fiction

August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Call this one big-time guilty pleasure. Special effects are dynamite, concept just as good.

March 30, 2005
Reel.com

A landmark of 1960s sci-fi… remains compelling entertainment despite dated special effects, deliberate pacing, and indifferent dialogue and acting, thanks in part to the genuine wonder it brings to its premise.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

"Fantastic Voyage is an absurd but entertaining trip into inner space."

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Irresistibly goofy; you won't forget it

January 12, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Great effects, great premise, not very exciting movie

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A great old family-time adventure ... and it's educational!

July 25, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Fantastic Voyage

What a title! set to impress with a claim like that huh. This film really is a piece of history, an old iconic pop culture movie that has inspired so many other ideas in various formats. What is interesting is (like some original sci-fi concepts) back in 66 when this film was made the idea was of course deemed fantasy, these days I don't think it is, well with robots anyway.

The plot is classic, you all know it, a group of scientists are miniaturised to microscopic proportions in order to enter the human body of a man with a brain clot. The reason, to save him obviously, and because he knows the secret to the miniaturising technology and how to perfect it. At the same time other folk (pesky Russians) are trying to whack him because he defected to the US with the technology secrets. There's a time limit, the stakes are high and everybody will revert back to their normal size when the limit expires, game on.

The start of the story is actually pretty technical in my opinion, its all quite meticulous and realistic (as far as the fantasy goes). Compare this to the 80's revamp 'InnerSpace' and this film is far superior in my humble opinion. Where as 'InnerSpace' is a very wacky over the top comedy (good comedy), this is far more sensible which I didn't expect really, it works so much better despite being a slow build up.

What I love about this film is the visuals, now I'm very sure in reality if this happened it would be pitch black inside a body, apart from what the ships lights illuminated hehe. However here we have a vibrant underwater-like ocean of life, a rainbow of soft glowing colours in a gloopy sea of bodily fluids. Within these fluids (mainly blood) we see hundreds of transparent blue and pink oxygen carrying corpuscles, antibodies, fibers, proteins, bacteria etc...whilst the crew venture through the heart and lungs on their way to the brain.

The whole visual experience looks like errr...a lava lamp and quite psychedelia in a soft way, not surprising seeing as this was the mid 60's.

What I do find amusing throughout the film is how much bad luck the team has the moment they enter the body (fantastic little injection sequence I must add, really effective). Straight away they have big problems which basically means they might have to abort, oh well can't get around that, game over, lets go. Then someone has a brilliant plan and they manage to overcome the issue, five minutes later they hit another problem, oh well can't get around that, game over, lets go. Someone has a great plan and they overcome the issue, turn the next corner bang! another problem, oh well can't get around that, game ov....etc...

How about the Proteus eh? now is that another iconic sci-fi design or what. Love the shape of that sub with the little bubble dome on top, sound effects are nice too, it reminds me of a ship from the cartoon 'The Jetsons' puttering around. It looks like they built a full scale ship too, really lovely craftsmanship, looks gorgeous, very realistic.

Despite looking like an old 'Star Trek' episode this film is a truly award winning entertainment machine. Not only does it look great (and still works well today) but its pretty tense at times too. The final moments for Donald Pleasence are still a bit harrowing as he is slowly engulfed by a large white corpuscle. His frantic squirming and panicking unnerve you quite a bit...'I can't move my hands!. I'm stuck and I can't...I can't move my hands!...Get me out!!'. Mr Pleasence most definitely steals the show throughout this film no doubt, Welsh as usual is nothing more than eye candy in a tight white jumpsuit. Quite liked Edmond O'Brien as the gruff General, everyone else was you're regular cliched sci-fi character.

All in all a fine example of good fun science fiction. Some plot holes do reveal themselves which do spoil it admittedly, mainly at the end when the Proteus is left inside the patients body half digested along with the laser gun, the bad doctor's remains (Pleasant) and all the fluid used to inject the crew originally. Surely that would all revert and cause death?. But a few niggly bits aside this film is solidly exhilarating with a lovely rose tinted charm that hasn't died in all these years.
July 9, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Back in the 60's this probably was an amazing movie. A scifi classic. The story is original and I loved the initial credits. Unfortunately is out of date. The FX are good but everything seems too static to represent the inner space. However is a good scfi story with a semi-slow rythm that create some suspense but I wouldn't recommend it if you have seen a lot of Cameron movies.
July 7, 2011
sergioogarcia
Sergio Garcia

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I know a lot of people today think that the special effects in this movie were too silly or fake looking, but to me they were too realistic, they creeped me out. The story is interesting, but a bit slow and sometimes really boring. It's pretty good, though it could have been better.
December 9, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

An ideal way to spend a sunday afternoon on the couch. Fantastic Voyage falls right in between the earlier hokey sci-fi films of the 50's and the brainier sci-fi films of the 70's. Even to the point of two doctors debating creation being credited to a higher being or good old fashioned scientific reasoning.

Dr. Duval: Yet all the suns that light the corridors of the universe shine dim before the blazing of a single thought...
Grant: - proclaiming in incandescent glory the myriad mind of Man...
Dr. Michaels: Very poetic, gentlemen. Let me know when we pass the soul.


It's a nice roller coaster ride of a movie, with a collection of visual effects and its' mysterious score that combine to enhance the experience of "inner space". Although some of the effects are not always convincing, remember, this was 1966. The film immerses you in its' adventure to the point where you really don't care. Once inside, the lava lamp of the body is shown in all its' glory as the crew (and saboteur) navigate through to the brain. Sit back and enjoy.

January 20, 2010
DrBenway
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Foreign Titles

  • Die phantastische Reise (DE)
  • Fantastic Voyage (1966) (UK)
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