Scientists shrink down a man inside a mini sub.
Before he can be injected into a laboratory rabbit, terrorists
break in. A scientist goes on the run with the miniature guy,
(in his sub), in a hypodermic needle.
A timid grocery clerk accidentally gets injected with the needle.
When the guy inside him begins to talk to him, the guy thinks
he's going crazy. Eventually, the clerk begins to listen to the
voice, developing a relationship with the miniature guy inside
his head. An evil, wealthy dude conspires to get the secret component
related to miniaturization.
The wealthy guy and his associates are shrunk down to pint size.
The miniature guy leaves the clerk's body, returns to normal size,
and marries his girlfriend.
Director Joe Dante's, ("Gremlins"), INNERSPACE, is a
fun, send up of "Fantastic Voyage".
Director Dante makes good use of Martin Short's (TV's "Saturday
Night Live"), gift for physical comedy. The idea of nerd
Short having a smirking, cool guy Quaid inside his body, directing
his actions, is a great idea that's milked for maximum fun.
Dennis Quaid ("Undercover Blues") and Meg Ryan ("I.Q.",
"When Harry Met Sally"), have very few scenes together,
except at the start and end of the movie. In real life, that didn't
stop them from falling in love and getting married, shortly after
making this film.
A scene where Short romances Ryan, while being secretly coached
by Quaid, is a lot of fun. It's my favorite scene.
Director of Photography, Andrew Laszlo, delivers strong screen
imagery. He makes good use of the San Francisco locations, and
gives us vivid views of Quaid and his mini-sub inside Short's
Industrial Light & Magic had a field day. The FX of Quaid
cruising Martin's body are delightful.
Jerry Goldsmith's Musical Score is pulsing and dynamic. The pace
of this film is brisk and Goldsmith's peppy Music helps keep things
INNERSPACE should be fairly watchable for most Sci-Fi viewers.
Quaid/Short/Ryan fans will enjoy going along for the ride, as
will "Fantastic Voyage" enthusiasts. INNERSPACE is a
If you liked INNERSPACE you may enjoy FANTASTIC VOYAGE and/or 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER