The human body is an amazing thing. It’s understandable why it would be interesting to shrink a person microscopic size to examine it. Originally, this concept had been done before, and it was known as “Fantastic Voyage.” “Innerspace” was a new version of this film updated to be heavier on the comedy. It would be directed by the Joe Dante, the director of the Gremlin movies. Steven Spielberg was also involved as an executive producer. Chosen for the three major roles in the film were Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, and Martin Short.
The movie begins will Tuck Peddleton (Dennis Quaid) at a party full of pilots where he isn’t exactly the main attraction. Soon, he makes a drunken scene and is kicked out of the party. Thankfully, his girlfriend Lydia (Meg Ryan) takes him home, and they have a good night. However, by the next morning, the relationship is over, and Lydia storms outs on Tuck.
Another character is also introduced during the beginning of the movie named Jack Putter (Martin Short). Jack is a hypochondriac who is ordered by his doctor to take a vacation and relax. Listening to his doctor, Jack heads to a travel agent to arrange a trip.
Meanwhile, Tuck volunteers for a dangerous experiment where he will be shrunk to microscopic size and placed inside a rabbit. Things go horribly awry when the lab is attacked, and the lead scientist escapes with Tuck in a syringe. A chase ensues, but it ends with Tuck being injected into the body of Jack Putter. Quickly, Tuck realizes that something isn’t quite right as Jack becomes increasingly freaked out. Eventually, he accepts that Tuck is inside him. Together, they return to the lab where it’s discovered that there is a competing company working on the same project. Tuck only has so much oxygen to breathe before it runs out, and the people for which he’s working have no intention of trying to save him.
The duo decide to leave and save Tuck by themselves. First, they enlist the help of Lydia which doesn’t creates more problems than solutions. We are finally introduced to the main villain of the piece named Scrimshaw who wants to sell the technology to the highest bidder. Mishap after mishap ensues in a back and forth between the good guys and the bad guys, but everything comes together. After a few action sequences, the story wraps up how you’d think it would with a couple of surprises.
Overall, the movie is kind of cheesy, standard fair for the 1980s. The images inside the body are incredible, and, while the story is fairly formulaic, the movie is worth a view. Originally, I had seen “Innerspace” as a young teenager, and I had really enjoyed it. A second view 15 years later was less entertaining, but there are worse ways to spend two hours.