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THE CORE

 
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At Theaters: 3/28/2003 On Video: 9/9/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 15 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399968
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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For reasons unknown, the earth's inner core has stopped rotating. Scrambling to resolve the crisis, government and military officials call upon geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes and a team of the world's most gifted scientists to travel into the earth's core in a subterranean craft. Their mission: Detonate a nuclear device that will reactivate the core and save the world from sure destruction.
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Sci-Fi Thriller - A high intensity, action packed, sci-fi thriller with lots of suspense, excitement and some great special effects. Of course the story is totally absurd and impossible, but they do an excellent job making it seem like it is possible and quite realistic.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Aaron Eckhart POSSESSION, THE PLEDGE, ERIN BROCKOVICH, MOLLY
Hilary Swank INSOMNIA, THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE, THE GIFT
Delroy Lindo HEIST, THE ONE, ROMEO MUST DIE
Stanley Tucci ROAD TO PERDITION, SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK
D.J. Qualls ROAD TRIP
Director: Jon Amiel ENTRAPMENT
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Production Notes Heading
Science And Fiction
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 3 S-words, 1 A-word. Just a few milder ones.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A few mild scenes of drinking in a bar. Gets mildly drunk.
ACTION: Lots of very "cool" sci-fi action throughout.
COMEDY: Quite a bit of humor, especially for a sci-fi movie.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Average "The kitsch of the disaster movie is its square-jawed tone of 'scientific' anxiety. We may be watching an asteroid zip toward earth, or lava flow down Main Street, but the appeal of the preposterousness lies in thinking, Gee, this could maybe happen.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "If I was to review The Core based on an objective set of cinematic criteria, it would likely score around one-half star (if I was in a generous mood). But such a rating would deny an inescapable fact about this film: at times, it is wildly entertaining. The Core is so howlingly awful that it has unwittingly found a place in that elite group of films that can claim to be 'so bad they're good.'''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Above Average "The Core is not exactly good, but it knows what a movie is. It has energy and daring and isn't afraid to make fun of itself, and it thinks big,...''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Jules Verne this isn't, but it makes for fairly diverting escapist fare. However, there is something unsettling, particularly during wartime, about a movie that detonates nuclear weaponry, even if used for good, not evil.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 95 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
8
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
13
Very High
85%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
9
High
89%
30+Adults (M)
23
Fairly High
83%
30+Adults (F)
33
High
97%
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This one is easy to predict. If you're a sci-fi fan you will not want to miss The Core. It's got some incredible special effects scenes. It may seem to be an extremely far-fetched story and I was concerned that it wouldn't seem realistic, but fortunately my concerns were not justified. They make it seem like it could almost be possible to do the things they're doing. It's quite funny and its got lots of action, excitement and suspense. Also, there were nine scenes that I marked down as "cool," which is many more that I usually find in this type of movie. GO SEE THE CORE!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
When unexplained catastrophes strike around the globe, geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) and French atomic weapons expert Dr. Sergei Leveque (Tcheky Karyo) are summoned by General Thomas Purcell (Richard Jenkins) to Washington, D.C., to determine if covert enemy action is to blame. Working with his team at the University of Illinois, Keyes discovers the mystery behind the tragedies is more frightening than any act of war -- the earth's inner core has stopped rotating. As a result, the planet's electromagnetic field, which shields the earth from deadly solar radiation, is collapsing. If the problem is not resolved quickly, airplanes will start falling from the sky and everything electronic will be destroyed. Static discharge in the atmosphere will create "super-storms" with hundreds of lightning strikes per square mile, and deadliest of all, microwave radiation will literally cook the planet.

Terrified by his findings. Keyes seeks out the opinion of renowned geophysicist Dr. Conrad Zimsky (Stanley Tucci), an arrogant scientist who arrives at the same horrifying conclusion. Together. they determine that the only way to reactivate the core is to travel to it. But how? Man has walked on the moon and landed on Mars, but never has anyone dared to explore the inner, deepest regions of the earth... until now.

Living in a remote area of the Utah desert, a brilliant scientist. Dr. Ed "Braz" Brazzelton (Delroy Lindo), has developed an untested subterranean craft that they hope will be able to penetrate deep into the earth, even as far as the core. Now it is up to Keyes, a team of scientists and astronauts Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs (Hillary Swank) and Commander Robert Iverson (Bruce Greenwood), who have just been recruited as the world's first "terranauts," to drive this high-tech vessel into the earth, detonate a nuclear device and somehow restore balance to the planet. It's the ultimate leap of faith... not into outer space but into inner space. a journey into an unknown frontier where truly no man has gone before.

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