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[exquisite sounds of introduction]
You may remember a few months ago, I made a video about The Journey Inside
The Computer, Intel's chip kit for schools and colleges and universities.
Before we begin, thanks to Squarespace for sponsoring this video
and there's some videotapes in there to show the students and teachers, which are quite interesting.
But *thud* along with this,
Intel also made an entire movie called The Journey Inside.
Tonight, Jimmy is going where education and adventure meet head on inside
the computer, a learning adventure in high technology.
And this is filmed in IMAX.
Take a guided tour through the super clean world of a high tech computer chip
factory, explore the world inside the computer and hold onto your seat
for a thrill ride through the heart of a microprocessor.
This unusual experience is waiting for you in the journey inside. This family
learning adventure follows 12 year old Jimmy on his race to foil an alien plot
to slow the advancement of technology on Earth.
Along the way, you and Jimmy will learn how computer chips are made and to be
introduced to the amazing microscopic world of computer chip technology.
You won't want to miss it.
No, you won't. This, of course,
is directed by Alan Smithee, which is a well-known pseudonym directors use.
who want to kind of, distance themselves from the final product.
It's 40 minutes long and it was created
in 1994 and shown in selected cinemas around the USA.
So I guess we'd better see what little Jimmy has been up to.
It's been rewound, which is nice.
[delightful clunking]
[mechanical sounds of acceptance]
This story is based on real people,
real places and real technology, except for the aliens, of course.
[grand music cinematic music, akin Jurassic Park merged with Honey I Shrunk the Kids]
Filmed in IMAX, if it was ever a waste of IMAX.
*music intensifies*
And we're just zooming into
processors to look at the transistors and how they're increasing.
I mean, this was kind of made because
Intel was so proud of the processors they were making at the time.
Directed by Alan Smithee.
There is.
[panning fantastical music]
ahhhh, the lovely American dream, a massive house
-the draft's due tomorrow.
Oh, presentation's the day after.
You're supposed to be ready by now.
This is a joint project.
The kids got a
portable phone in 1994. He's got a fish tank.
-I can't just turn in my half!
Bloody hell.
So what are you going to do?
Now, what am I supposed to do?
I dunno've got a room stuffed full of pretty cool stuff.
Look at the computer he's got
was is that? An Aptiva?
-hey, there was life before video games and computers.
OK, before I get too jealous of this lad's
possessions, here's the general gist of how this plays out.
This lad lives in a massive house with amazing things.
His dad comes in, presumably having walked nine miles from the West Wing of the house
and sees an old movie from the 50s about aliens, he remembers.
The lad when moans about not knowing enough about microprocessors to do
his homework and a massive streak of light then flashes across the sky.
Naturally, he goes to investigate and ends
up in a cave where some wacky antics are going down.
-prepare the Earth suit for Abacus.
"The Earth Suit"
[Cave like liquid noises]
*music enters*
Yes, so this guy is Abacas, well,
he's an alien, and now he's got his incredible Earth suit
on, he can share his dislike for Earth's technological progress.
In 100 years since our last visit,
the Earth creatures have made enormous advances in technology.
And most alarming of all,
they have created thinking machines, which they call computers,
and now they have created the project 'M' microprocessor.
I know the plot of this film is and [indistinct sounds of incredulity]
trust me, you do not see it coming.
[Sinister music]
With this much computer power,
humans will soon be able to cross the critical information threshold.
We have permitted this planet to survive only as a potential food source.
Humans must never be allowed to cross the threshold.
[Excessive rock crumbling sounds]
[clunking of weapon]
[Massive 'fart like' weapon projectile sound]
Jus.. Just...
Look at that, just a massive sheet of energy.
[indistinct voices]
It was nothing abacas.
[whimsical ditty]
To sabotage the development of this chip,
we will disguise ourselves as human technicians to infiltrate the place they
call 'the fab' and prevent the chip's manufacture.
This is a bit like an intel board meeting nowadays against AMD.
They will destroy the chip's gate oxide by reprogramming the furnace.
I will change its plasma chemistry
with this force field clamp. -And I will disable the floating point adder.
at the third metal layer of every chip.
Imagine wanting to cease to progress
on Earth.
and rather than just
-do not disappoint.
Blowing the plant up, blowing the fab up with all that technology.
They just say will infiltrate it, and put tiny bugs in the chip.
[Background movie sounds]
What kind of plan is this?!
so plan in hand, they crack open, a 'juxtaportation' window presumably thrown
into sound cool and fully suited up descend into Intel's FAB
meanwhile the kid craps a brick and sprints down to the fab, which is apparently just
around the corner where they at that point where they...
-Dr. Clayton. Where's Dr. Clayton?!
The aliens are in the fab, I need to talk to Dr.
well, they just let him in.
The woman in charge of the FAB also
happens to teach his computer class and so, the battle to save the Pentium P54C
processor referred to as the M chip in this film plays out.
Jimmy, this is Doug Essex, one of our lead process engineers.
We've got a failure on the floating point unit.
Oh, Doug, I don't understand this.
[Fantastical theme park like music]
[Light sabre like sounds]
-We are flying over the brain on the computer, the processor.
This is the best part of the film so far.
each transistor is a structure made of silicon atoms.
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Okay, let's get back to the feature presentation pronto.
We've had problems ever since the project began, but we've always figured out.
-Doug...can you give me one more miracle?
Can you buy us a couple more days?
I wish I could, but you know how many times this demonstration has been delayed?
I've bought us all the extra days we're going to get.
We simply have to show working silicon tonight.
can I have a couple more days? No.
The aliens said something about temperature, and some kind of oxide?
*sigh* So where are we at?
Well, by remembering what the aliens said, roughly, the kid has convinced everyone
that maybe, in fact, aliens may be to blame for the microprocessor faults.
Possibly, maybe.
So he goes off into the FAB himself because, you know, why not?
And guess who's there
[sinister alien music]
I'm going to hear that music in my nightmares and not because I'm scared.
Yep. It's a bug eyed friends who apparently no
one else notices, even though they have massive, obvious bug eyes on their face.
Anyway, eventually they rock on over
to an electron microscope where Doug Essex is...
-What's he doing here?
Get the f*ck out, kid.
And the kid says,
'maybe look at the calculator, part.'
-we're at the third metal layer.
What part do you want to see?
-The calculator.
I mean,
a lot of this information is covered on the videos and stuff in this pack, so
[indistinct alien sounds]
this film was kind of unnecessary.
I think Intel just had a bit of a spare cash knocking about and they were like,
yeah, we want to make a film.
Whilst this is going on.
The aliens are in some back room
formulating the final part of their 'genius' master plan.
It's an absolute corker.
[Musical orchestra gears up for something big]
[There it is]
Yes, thanks to Jimmy's help.
Doug Essex saves the day by fusing
the open circuit, leading abacus to move on to possibly one of the most convoluted
takedowns ever known to grace Cinema history.
He had me fabricate this anti-matter bomb, into an exact copy of the new chip.
We are going to install it
in their computer when they switch the system on the bomb
will detonate
Everyone involved in the design and manufacture of the chip will be vaporised!
OK...So their plan is to bomb the Fab, rather than just,
you know, exploding it with a bomb from the outside, they've infiltrated.
They planted a bomb, in a chip.
They want that chip to be put into the demonstration computer.
And when it's turned on, then they'll kill everyone.
That's a lot of buildup.
These guys know how to do suspense better
than any James Bond villain, that is for sure.
[ohhh crap style music]
*the weirdest, cat like scream I have ever heard come out of my monitor speaker*
Come on, get back, don't just give away your location by screaming in his face.
*and again*
What's wrong with that guy?
Why was he just screaming in his face.
[thundering sounds of a juxtaportation window]
He's in the computer!
-I must be inside the computer!
Must be, obviously!
yeah, that's the first thought you'd have.
-Prepare to enter the computer.
*sniggers* That is a term I want to use daily.
Oh, not not not not like that, though.
I mean, I like computers, but.......
So whilst the engineers are gearing up
to power the computer on, the aliens, replace the real C.P.U with their bomb.
CPU almost reminds me of an Atari ST.
This causes some embarrassment
for the team when they try to power on the demonstration system.
-This is embarrassing.
-Maybe we've got a bad connection.
But Jimmy quickly acts to sort out
the situation and restore the original processor.
Well done, Jimmy.
[Musical orchestra akin to some kind of rip-off Star Wars]
[beeping and other electronic sounds]
[sounds of glee from the crowd]
And he's just whacked the processor in, with the power on
and booted straight into some sort of operating system, windows galore,
that's the fastest hard drive I've ever seen in my life.
[clapping, etc]
But of course, it's not over.
Jimmy has to dive back into full size
and then deal with the aliens
-so you know about us, do you?
[charging up of laser]
That's all right.
In about 20 seconds, it won't matter.
[beeping bomb sound]
Don't forget this.
[music to make you think of things]
[sounds.... ugh, I cannae be bothered to describe them]
They are screwed.
[twinkling sounds]
Jimmy, Jimmy wake up!
Ohhh, it was all a dream.
It was all a dream!
-Jimmy, wake up!
oh god.
Dad, Dad! Did you see that flash?
-What flash, you were dreaming!
um,yeah, I guess it was.
-got two more coming this way! (from TV)
So what part did I miss?
The part where Jimmy Douglas saves the microprocessor and his grade in science.
[music glorifies and then fades out, just like my brain did]
There we go.
That is the end of the journey inside. A presentation of Intel.
[sweet, sweet, mechanical eject sounds]
[satisfying sounds of sliding plastic and card]
It's an interesting watch, isn't it?
[clown music]
But wait, I know we didn't get the full IMAX experience here, especially with it being
on VHS, but at least we can find out some further details.
It turns out that the real director was
Barnaby Jackson, who had also worked on Back to the Future, the ride.
Not quite the same pace of film, but you can see why he was brought on board.
Abacus is actually played by Gustav Vintas,
and even though he sounded a little drunk on this outing, you instantly recognise
similarity when stripped out of context for a villain.
He's an excellent choice.
Sharon Mahoney, who played Dr.
Clayton, was also in 1993's Space Rangers
and is listed on IMDB as last, playing in the TV series I, Detective.
In 2003.
The popcorn wielding dad, played by Michael Dempsey,
was last in the currently post-production drama, Pacific Park.
But he's been in lots of other minor
to medium roles, including Lost and Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
As for Tim Farrell, who played Jimmy well,
he went on to be a sound editor on projects, including the last two I
mentioned, but more recently, Star Trek, Discovery and even Picard.
So that's nice.
If you're keen to see this film in its entirety.
Check out the link below. Right.
We can roll the credits properly now.
[clown music again]
If you were one of the people he went to the cinema see this in the 90s,
then, please comment below, I'd love to hear about your experience.
And if you had this in your school and you missed my previous video about it,
tell me about that as well, because these two things in conjunction
are a fascinating piece of 90s educational entertainment, really.
And I'm glad that I've experienced them.
I hope you enjoyed it as well.