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The Core (2003)
UK / English
"Earth has a deadline "
The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again.
Aaron Eckhart Dr. Josh Keyes
Hilary Swank Maj. Rebecca Childs
Delroy Lindo Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzleton
Stanley Tucci Dr. Conrad Zimsky
DJ Qualls Theodore Donald 'Rat' Finch
Richard Jenkins Gen. Thomas Purcell
Tchéky Karyo Dr. Serge Leveque
Bruce Greenwood Cmdr. Robert Iverson
Alfre Woodard Dr. Talma Stickley
Christopher Shyer Dave Perry
Ray Galletti Paul
Eileen Pedde Lynne
Rekha Sharma Danni (as Rékha Sharma)
Tom Scholte Acker
Glenn Morshower FBI Agent
Director: Jon Amiel
Producer: Sean Bailey,David Foster,Cooper Layne
Writer: Cooper Layne,John Rogers
Abandon all brains ye who enter here
The Core is one of those movies you can hate intensely yet can feel a strange affinity for. It resembles the kind of nonsensical science-fiction made in the 1950s when audiences had no knowledge whatsoever about science: a dodgy set-up, a ludicruous solution, and an eager band of gradually expendable characters to join you on this world-saving adventure. Like its predecessor Armageddon it gives you a totally unbelievable scenario, but pleasingly does not fill the ship with a grab-bag of misfits and personality disorders to provide humour. And off they go deep into the Earth's crust, armed with a mid-range special effects budget and a mid-range script. Like HG Wells or Lovecraft you can either reject it out of hand, or bite your tongue and enjoy the ride. I chose the latter, and while I shook my head continuously, it wasn't the worst thing I've seen.

Like many sci-fi films these days, the set-up seemed better than the conclusion: dozens of people sporting pacemakers drop dead after a magnetic shockwave hits a city, pigeons go berserk in Trafalgar Square, the Space Shuttle veers off-course and lands in an LA culvert. The movie's head boffin is comandeered from his dull lecturing job to explain the world's problems with the help of a peach, some air-freshener and a cigarette lighter (perhaps the most pathetic scientific demo in the history of cinema). You see, the Earth's core has stopped spinning, our electro-magnetic field is dying, and we're all about to be toasted by the solar winds. How do we get it fixed? Drill 2000 miles into the core and detonate some nukes? No problem!

I'll ignore the many scientific, physical and continuity errors that popped up during the movie as they have been amply described here already - more or better advice could've been taken to prevent these needless flaws is all I can say. Then again, good old B-movie schlock like "Fantastic Voyage" and "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" also had its share of shortcomings, and this is in the same vein - I just hope nobody thinks they are learning geophysics from this film. Watch it with eyes wide open and brain shut, and you'll be fine.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 5.3
Musician: Christopher Young
Running time: 135 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3