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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.
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
making it seem like it is possible and quite realistic.
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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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
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.'''
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,...''
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,
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
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!
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
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.