Fantastic Voyage is just that. 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.
The original Otto Klement-Jay Lewis Bixby story, adapted by David Duncan, has been updated and fashioned into an intriguing yarn about five people who undergo miniaturization for injection into the bloodstream of a scientist.
Action cross cuts from lifesize medics to the shrunken quintet who encounter, and are endangered by, the miracles of life.
The competent cast is headed by Stephen Boyd, the US agent who has brought scientist Jean Del Val to America, only to have a last-ditch attempt on latter’s life cause the blood clot which necessitates the weird journey to come. Boyd is assigned to join the expedition under the command of Donald Pleasence, a medical specialist in circulatory systems, thus qualifying him as navigator for William Redfield’s sub.
Richard Fleischer’s fine direction maintains a zesty pace. Ernest Laszlo’s outstanding lensing brings out every lush facet in the superb production values. Over half of the $6.5 million cost went into the special values.
1966: Best Color Art Direction, Special Visual Effects.
Nominations: Best Color Cinematography, Editing, Sound Effects