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A rom-com love triangle inside a corporate espionage thriller inside a slapstick screwball live-action cartoon inside a sci-fi special effects spectacle, here is a wonderfully off-balance, overstuffed, and inscrutable 80s gem that, despite its subject matter, eschews any semblance of minimalism whatsoever.
Having seen this a long time ago, I completely forgot that it existed. So, refinding it on a 10 cent VHS tape, not in a surprising way, but more of an "Oh Yeah, this exists" kind of way, had me wanting to watch it again. Although through my weird memory I somehow forgot Martin Short was in this.
Innerspace is about a ride at Disney world, I mean a redo of Fantastic Voyage... wait, nope it's both! Dennis Quaid is a drunken fighter pilot who gets injected into Martin Short's spastic everyman body. Short must find a way to get Quaid and his little machine out of his insides before an evil group of evil scientists take him out....permanently! It's fun and goofy and way-way too long for this premise. Side plots with the buyer of stolen goods "The Cowboy" seem like filler and although Quaid and Short have great chemistry which lasts for the whole film, Short's spastic routine isn't really my cup of tea in this film. The Quaid Meg Ryan relationship was fine, but also seemed like it was added in just to pad out parts of the film. As I said, while entertaining, Innerspace adds up to a lot of running around, chase scenes, and Short dancing like his bones are breaking at the same time.
I still found it to be mostly entertaining though, and I would recommend it if you haven't seen it. But, the overall length and the side plots just kept it from being great.
I was expecting more.I do not say the film is bad, on the contrary, the film is very good, the actors are good, the story is very funny and interesting, the jokes are great and the action scenes are fantastic, I just did not like the slow progression of story that makes the story a little captivating and a bit boring, but even so, the film had a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.
Visually impressive and pretty dang funny thanks to Martin Short, this sci-fi adventure is nonetheless reduced to B-level due to its campy serial-style plot.
With all of the parties involved in the making of this film, it was clear that there was a desire for it to achieve blockbuster status. Whereas it's a good film, it doesn't quite get to where it could be, in part due to an overabundance of 1980s slapstick and hokey comedy. The special effects are genuinely interesting when you consider the year in which it was all done. An interesting concept that could have been so much more.
An awesome adventure the whole family can see.
original and fun to watch. The props are well done making it still enjoyable today. A must see film.
I've always liked the idea of an extremely literal subjective movie, that the film is literally traveling through the body of something, that you experience a kind of greater reality as far as physical functions, grasping the processes which we are all bound to. After seeing Innerspace, I realize that you can accomplish much more with the figurative form of this, a world painted in metaphors. Once you're in the literal body, there's not much left to see.
But I really enjoy the circumstance this film delivers on, however campy it may become. It's a fun little challenge this set of characters have to get through, a very traditional Hollywood adventure structure, an innocent bystander thrust into some secretive government/science experiment by accident, ripping him from his mundane life into the otherworldly, having to face the circumstances as a common man. Martin Short delivers on this well, a nebbish store clerk with a frail structure, while inside of him is a maverick (literally Quaid appears as Tom Cruise in Top Gun, smile, gestures, and all) who has a penchant for alcohol and the ladies. A guy like that doesn't seem quite deserving of all he gets, and the film never really addresses that either, which, for the sake of steering around emotional cliches, is fine.
The villainous aspect of the film didn't work too well for my taste, it all felt rather cheaply thrown together - 'we need bad guys, competitors who will go to any length.' Add to that an all too happy to please henchman, in the vein of Bond's Jaws, except with a mechanical arm - who's menace comes from black hair, evil smiles, and low angle lights - and you're right on track for your typical studio fare.
The idea of being inside a body has tremendous implications that would be interesting to explore in an independent film one day, and it wouldn't include any of this camp. Inside Out did an excellent job of this, giving neural functions character life, the inside affecting the outside as much as the vice versa, exploring the real challenges of the boundaries both parties have, and how they have to work together to create harmony. Innerspace attempts that more cheaply with less emotional weight. We're not so much a voyeur through Jack as we are an observer of Tuck inside Jack, a less satisfying approach to the possibility presented.
I love the 80s sci-fi effects, Dennis Muren is on top of his game. This was a time when things were built to scale, props and sets that told a story, lit so as not to hide anything, space for the actors to develop their characters. This film look, with things you can grasp, is a lost art, replaced by digital video, CGI, and overly stylized chiaroscuros for competing cinematographers. Speaking of 'built to scale,' there may have been fun large size props created for this movie, but the scale of Tuck's miniaturization was awfully inconsistent. At times he appeared on a nanoscale, other times like the size of a ladybug or larger.
The film's convoluted finale did nothing for me, a mushy, contrived wedding for a relationship that's hardly been resolved, with a cheaply added cliffhanger showing the bad guys still on Tuck's trail, leaving the solution in Jack's court, which is taking on the role of the hero and leaving his former life behind. Was that what this was all about? Shows a screenplay that's unfocused, uncertain of what it's tying to achieve. It feels like at this point, everyone took on the attitude, 'doesn't matter, shoot it, get this thing done already.'
A surprising PG rating, with multiple sexual/masturbatory references; an alleged handjob machine that doesn't work right, a twisting cork for clitoral stimulation, "you don't talk to it, you play with it" an old man utters to Jack in the bathroom stall, Tuck clearly lascivious with women at the office, Dr. Canker excessively horny for no reason. During the scene Canker implies she'd like to warm up Jack in the meat freezer, did anyone else think studio execs got the idea to cast Martin Short as Jack Frost in Santa Clause 3 seeing him frozen while repeatedly hearing villains utter 'Jack'?
Very clever and funny movie. Great comedy. Loved it. Quality flick. Short is super in the movie. Great action scenes. Super cool and funny.
I forgot how funny this movie was