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½ April 24, 2016
Much better than I expected. Fleischer was a very crafty director and his skills are evidenced by the way he gave this story a pulse. And the production design is extraordinary, especially for the time. Most importantly, though, the film inspired two amazing Archer episodes. That in itself justifies the existence of The Fantastic Voyage.
January 10, 2016
It's at the BYU Library... and at the local library.

This was a film chosen for a movie night at the Acupressure Institute, a school that I respect. They were giving credit for anatomy and physiology for watching it. So, as I am learning this, maybe I should see this.
November 30, 2015
saw this as a kid and just loved it
½ August 10, 2015
Ahead of its time. Looking forward to the remake.
½ July 30, 2015
Notable for its place in scifi history, but it doesn't hold up much now. Very influential in terms of cinema history, including the Archer episode that pays homage to it that made me want to seek this out in the first place. I wish the ending of Fantastic Voyage had the same ending as that episode of Archer, lol.
½ April 19, 2015
Great story, though the movie has not withstand the time. The visual aspect of the human veins and organs are quite good, taken the release year in mind. The acting on the other hand is rather poor.
March 4, 2015
Fantastic Voyage is an intriguing film. It is about saving the life of a diplomat who was nearly assassinated. Stephen Boyd and Edmond O'Brien give incredible performances. The screenplay is well written. Richard Fleischer did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the adventure. Fantastic Voyage is a must see.
January 22, 2015
i'm so glad finally i found this movie. i watched it first time when i was about 4-5 years old and the white cell scene at the end totally sticked in my head ever since. re-watching it after more than 30 years was an amazing experience. in it's time and context, it's a great movie. and the submarine looks badass.
January 20, 2015
Me imagino que es su tiempo fue un gran espectaculo, ahora vista dècadas despuès sus efectos especiales se ven envejecidos, muy bonito el adorno de Raquel Welch.
½ January 9, 2015
Feels very didactic, though logic and physics are mostly absent, as is plot and character development - we don't really know why anyone does anything, but the concept is great, especially for the 60s.
January 8, 2015
The inspiration for various cheesy "fantastic voyage" plots commonly found in TV shows, this film didn't intend to be overtly camp. In fact, with its Cold War overtones, the film itself was pretty serious, or so it was trying to be, but with a premise that asks you to suspend your disbelief as heavily as it does, I can't exactly take it as seriously as the film-makers may have intended some five decades ago. The main problem is that the film feels quite outdated, at least by my standards, and I say this mainly because the characters and dialogue felt overly familiar. It wasn't really fresh, but that's not to say it was a bad film. At the very least the film's concept was original, and despite everything else having aged pretty badly, the visual effects seem to have held up quite well. Nowadays, it's essentially a B-movie in shiny dressing, but for the time, it was quite original, and it does have its moments. If only a decade of TV didn't ruin it for me.
½ October 17, 2014
Said to be a campy classic science fiction adventure film, Fantastic Voyage sounded like a good silly nostalgic piece.

Thanks to a well-directed use of the budget in Fantastic Voyage, it is able to go a long way. The visual elements of Fantastic Voyage give it a good and legitimate science fiction feel. The production design of the film looks really good as it capitalises on the budget to create an interesting design for the interior of the ship, but more importantly it gives a wacky and interesting design to the world of Jan Benes‚?? body. It may be grim and dark, but considering the date of the film it gives an interesting feeling to the feature. The set design encourages a camp feel to it which makes Fantastic Voyage an interesting nostalgic piece, and with the addition of great costumes it succeeds.
As with a lot of science fiction films from the prior decades, Fantastic Voyage has dated visual effects. Dyring a lot of the scenes, the elements of green screen are very clear. But it is something that must be ignored if the viewer is to truly appreciate the film as considering the film sources from 1966. Considering its age, things are pretty good looking in the film. The visual effects in Fantastic Voyage do a good job of making the film a fine technical experience. Everything in the film is captured with fine cinematography as well which gives it all a sense of atmosphere and assists it as a strong visual spectacle. Richard Fleischer gives a firm effort as director of Fantastic Voyage, and he encourages it to be an entertaining film.
Perhaps the visual elements of Fantastic Voyage were enough to serve as a passable diversion for viewers back in 1966, but by today‚??s standards they are not enough to compensate for the lacklustre story. The premise in Fantastic Voyage is an interesting one, but it is strictly on a visual and surface level as there is not much depth you can get into in a story about exploring the human body. The story is mainly comprised of the characters exploring many different locations in the human body, but there is not much else to it. The story in Fantastic Voyage is very reliant on how good a technical experience the film ends up being, and while it is certainly easily enjoyable from a visual perspective, the story is not as great. It is a simplistic one with lazily written cold war themes in the subtext. The screenplay for the film is decent because the dialogue is all sensible and intelligent, but the actual themes in the film are little beyond visual which makes it a shallow experience. But then again, I can‚??t think of anyone going into a film about a spaceship shrunk to microscopic size with the intention of entering a human being‚??s body to fight off a blood clot as being for the purpose of its thought provoking intentions. It is strictly for the fun of the adventure, and for better or for worse, that is where it succeeds.
The musical score also adds to the atmosphere of the film. It keeps things tense and adds to the experience which already benefits from strong sound effects and timely editing.
And the cast of Fantastic Voyage do their part. Although the film is more visual than it is about characters, the cast do their part to add to the film.
Donald Pleasance‚??s performance is certainly an asset in Fantastic Voyage. He has a sense of tension to him the entire time which is good for the atmosphere because it conveys the kind of stress that comes with the zany situation of the adventure. He has a profound stare in his eyes constantly, the stare of a person with myopia, and it gives audiences a sense of wonder about him. His line delivery remains pretty monotonous, but you can tell there is more to him based on the subtext, and his involvement with the universe in the film is really strong. Donald Pleasance makes a fine presence in Fantastic Voyage and stands out as giving the finest performance of the cast.
Raquel Welch‚??s role in Fantastic Voyage is a positive step forward for women in films. While she is a beautiful woman, instead of being strictly either a damsel-in-distress or a character present strictly for sex appeal, Raquel Welch actually plays a key part in the film. It is true that she is a very attractive presence, but her costume is not an excessively skin tight one which emphasises her physical qualities. In actual fact, Raquel Welch delivers a fine performance in Fantastic Voyage. Her role is not as sexually oriented as other roles such as her lead performance in One Million Years B.C. may have been, and she is never turned into the object of one of the male characters‚?? affections either, so her role works as a legitimate scientist. Raquel Welch‚??s character isn‚??t the strongest, but it is a female character who doesn‚??t detract from the adventure of the film for cheesy romance or sex appeal, and she does a fine job in the role with firm line delivery and strong engagement with the characters around her.
Stephen Boyd makes a fine hero to lead the journey in Fantastic Voyage because he stands strong in the role with confidence and a handsome demeanour which gives him the right sense of strength for the heroic adventure archetype of a science fiction film. His line delivery is firm and his involvement in the adventure is grand. Edmond O‚??Brien does a nice job as well because he brings a certain sense of wisdom to his part, and Arthur O‚??Connell does a nice job as well.

So Fantastic Voyage is a dated film due to visual effects which aren‚??t as amazing as they once were and a story which limits the appeal of the film to its technical qualities, but it remains a well-directed and entertaining science fiction adventure with a fun sense of campy nostalgia.
September 17, 2014
As thirteen-year-olds we saw it as nothing less than fantastic. As an adult, the wooden (non)acting and the vapid script make it all but completely unbearable. Watch it for the dazzling effects if you must, but turn the sound off.
September 13, 2014
If there was ever a movie that desperately needed a 21st century remake, it's this movie. A concept that was repeated with much more fun results in Innerspace was introduced here, in one of the most boring movies ever made. The effects are horrible, the acting is terrible, the writing is ludicrous, the story is nonexistent, and the acting is dull. This movie is a gigantic waste of time.
August 22, 2014
Though its depiction of inside the human body is inaccurate, Fantastic Voyage is barely saved by its fantastic special effects and its screenplay.
July 4, 2014
I was glued to the screen, slack jawed and drooling! I'm describing my recent viewing not my experience as a kid!
½ July 3, 2014
Inventive for its time. But like 2001 they really want to let the effects soak in with a slow pace.... Unlike 2001 these effects by today look campy by today but I find them insanely charming. Some of the sets look amazing! Its an important movie part of our pop culture and the first of its kind
June 15, 2014
The special effects and sets are good fun style from the mid-sixites.
June 9, 2014
The best of the miniaturization movies ("InnerSpace," Honey, I Shrunk The Kids"). Stephen Boyd and Raquel Welch are part of a team of doctors that are shrunk and injected into a dying man with cold war secrets. Clever (old school) special effects and a rousing Leonard Rosenman score punctuate this classy adventure film. Donald Pleasance steals the shows as a claustrophobic doctor who comes along for the ride.
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