Favorite Films of my Life: Fantastic Voyage

I thought I’d take a slight detour and talk about some of my favorite genre films (“genre” meaning fantasy, science fiction, action/adventure, comic-book, horror, etc.), and to give it a little structure I’m going to choose one for every year I’ve been alive. It’s going to be a long series of posts…

We start in 1966, the year I was born. Obviously I didn’t see it in the theaters, but later re-runs on television introduced me to Fantastic Voyage. It’s a sort of Cold War thriller with central science fiction theme, as a team of scientists are miniaturized to be able to enter the body of a scientist who has defected and repair his damaged brain before he expires.

The special effects are good for its day, but haven’t aged all that well, as might be expected. Still, it’s a tense little sci-fi thriller with the requisite number of moments of tension and unforeseen-setbacks. And at only 100 minutes, it’s not a huge investment of time. Definitely worth seeing.

Honorable mentions from this year:

  • Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 AD
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
  • War of the Gargantuas

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2 thoughts on “Favorite Films of my Life: Fantastic Voyage

  1. Isaac Asimov was really proud of that screenplay because he got all the science right, until someone pointed out that the air molecules would be too big for them to breath. Oops.

    Big fan of war of the Gargantuas myself.

  2. Great film. I’ve always liked it, but I can’t really say that I loved it.
    Here are a few other great films from that year.
    “The Good, Bad, and the Ugly.”
    “Dracula: Prince of Darkness.” Chris Lee
    “The Blue Max.” George Peppard
    “Is Paris Burning.”
    “The Sand Pebbles.” Steve McQueen!
    “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” Richard Burton
    I could go on, but I’m sure everyone has their preferences.

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