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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

Starring Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur O'Connell
Directed by Richard Fleischer
(actor & director credits courtesy

A secret government organization shrinks a team of experts so they can travel inside a dying man's body and perform surgery from the inside.

Something of a triumph of special effects for the time, this is certainly a unique adventure, although it's been much copied from over the years.  Director Fleischer delivers a taut white-knuckle thriller with many suspenseful scenes, but it's so single-minded in its focus to the mission at hand, it could have benefitted from some comic relief or greater character development.  Nonetheless, for what it is, it's entertaining and well-crafted, and succeeds in suspending the audience's disbelief that shrinking five human beings and a submarine is even possible.

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