Thursday, August 14, 2008

FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966) @ the Bell Museum

Bell Museum of Natural History
August 14, dusk

Kicking off their second annual outdoor Summer Sci-Fi Series: Research to the Rescue!, the Bell Museum and Take Up Productions presents the timeless classic Fantastic Voyage. More action and cold war politics than you are likely to ever see inside a human body.

Films are free and start at dusk—popcorn and soda will be available for purchase. In the event of rain, films will be moved indoors to the Bell Museum Auditorium and begin at 8:30 p.m.

"Very Nearly a corking sci-fi lark, kicking off from the premise that when a top scientist defecting to the West suffers brain damage in an assassination attempt, the only answer is to inject a miniaturised submarine and medical team through his bloodstream to deal with the clot on his brain. The voyage through the fantastic landscapes of the body is brilliantly imagined, with the heart a cavernous vault, tidal waves menacing the canals of the inner ear (caused when a nurse drops an instrument in the operating theater), cyclonic winds tossing the sub hopelessly about as the lungs are reached. The script, alas, is pretty basic, expending half its energies on delivering a gee-whiz medical lecture, the other whipping up suspense around the mysterious saboteur who lurks aboard (and is so sweatily shifty-eyed that there isn't much mystery). An opportunity missed, therefore—especial as the imaginative sets are slightly tackily realised—but fun all the same." (Tom Milne, Time Out)

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