Innerspace

PLOT:

A hell-raising Navy test pilot (Dennis Quaid) is miniaturized for a top-secret exploratory journey inside a laboratory rabbit — but is instead injected into the body of a high-strung nebbish (Martin Short) who works as a supermarket clerk. Co-starring Meg Ryan, Innerspace is like The Fantastic Voyage with a laugh track. Short’s twitchy physical comedy is a marvel to behold.

What people are saying:

“A manic, overstuffed blend of sci-fi, comedy and romance, Innerspace nonetheless charms, thanks to Martin Short’s fine performance and the insistent zaniness of the plot” 3 1/2 stars

“Though the film plays like a mix of exhilarating adventure and smart comedy, it’s deepened by the notion that little Quaid is floating around inside Short’s body sinking hooks into things, ripping open veins, triggering stomach acid, and the like.” 4 1/2 stars

“Have I seen better movies…yes but not by much. For what was available at the time the visual effects are amazing (CGI wasn’t a big thing when this was made). And it has enough comedy to keep everyone interested. Basically Short and Ryan steal the show was they try to get a chip back that Quaid needs to reenlarge before his air supply run out. Just rent this and thank me later. ” 4 stars

“A fast-paced pastiche of ‘shrinking’ in scifi, an alcoholic Navy pilot gets trapped in the body of a loser Safeway clerk. More of an action-adventure comedy than anything else, it’s entertaining without being much more.” 3 1/2 stars

“I was sort of hoping to give this five stars, since it was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Looking at it as an adult, I think the first act is very strong, it has a lot of good jokes and action scenes (and really fantastic special effects), and Martin Short actually does quite well at both being funny and playing an actual character instead of a walking gag (sorry, Martin Short, but you tend to do the latter). The movie gets kind of directionless in the second act, though. Tuck and Jack are in the middle of a crisis, so they escape back to Tuck’s apartment and…get drunk and dance around. What? Also, Tuck’s pod seems to teleport to whatever part of Jack’s body would be most useful to the story and/or a gag; the story’s climax for him happens in Jack’s stomach, but then he’s somehow in Jack’s lungs a minute later. That sort of thing happens over and over; there’s very little concern in the script for the amount of time it would take him to get from one place to another. After meandering a good bit, the movie picks back up as the final act comes around. It’s still all very silly, of course, but it’s hard not to root for the heroes. It’s not a favorite of mine anymore, but it’s still a fun way to pass two hours.” 4 stars

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