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Awesome: 11.67%
Worth A Look: 9.17%
Average: 20.83%
Pretty Bad: 18.33%
Total Crap40%

7 reviews, 78 user ratings

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Core, The
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by EricDSnider

"Journey to the center of MY BUTT!!!!"
3 stars

In the spirit of "Armageddon" and all the loud, dumb disaster flicks before it comes "The Core," in which scientists bore through rock and magma to reach the center of the planet, start the core spinning again, and save the world. You would think such endeavors would occupy every part of a person's mind, but these terranauts are so good that, even when facing imminent doom, they can still find time to fall in love.

Yes, it's THAT kind of movie, full of questionable science, macho men and manly women, and a big, brassy musical score underlining the importance of it all. It has men in crisis yelling things like, "Surely you compensated for the MRI bias!," with the men being yelled at completely understanding what they're talking about.

It begins with a few twists of originality, suggesting we are in for something more witty than the standard fare. First, 32 people in Boston keel over dead simultaneously when their pacemakers suddenly stop working. (They account for about half the humans visible in the scene, which seems to me like a high percentage of pacemaker recipients. But hey, I don't even know what an MRI bias is.) Then, in London, thousands of birds lose their balance and begin flying pell-mell into windows, walls and people.

The reason for all the disturbance is that the electromagnetic field around the earth is falling apart. This is bad because it makes pacemakers stop and birds go crazy, obviously, but it will also allow the sun to roast the planet within a year. This is graphically demonstrated in a meeting with stern-faced government officials in which one scientist holds up a peach and a cigarette lighter, and another scientist sprays air freshener through the flame, setting the peach/Earth on fire.

Before that happens, though, there are massive disturbances like lightning storms and heat waves, which destroy some of the world's landmarks. This is because natural disasters are always attracted to landmarks, rather than to ordinary buildings like bakeries and video stores.

The electromagnetic field is failing because the earth's core has stopped spinning. It will therefore be necessary to journey to the center of the earth, jump-start the core with -- what else? -- nuclear devices, and high-tail it out of there.

Aaron Eckhart, whose meaty face and bulky physique suggest he was born to play an action hero, is Josh Keyes, the professor-turned-adventurer who leads the expedition core-ward. Joining him are astronaut extraordinaire Rebecca Childs (Hilary Swank), her no-nonsense commander Iverson (Bruce Greenwood), pretentious scientist Dr. Zimsky (Stanley Tucci), French weapons expert Sergei Leveque (Tchéky Karyo), and maverick scientist Braz (Delroy Lindo), who has built a subterranean craft out of an indestructible new compound he calls "unobtainium."

Once the actual mission begins, the film becomes considerably less interesting; the inside-the-earth scenes are hard to conceptualize, much less show with CGI and models. There are the expected heroics and martyrdoms, quarrels and resolutions, one-liners and kisses. It is not, as Iverson says at one point, going to be subtle, and it's certainly too long, but it is a decent bit of silly fun.

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User Comments

12/17/18 Ajp wales Feels like a 60s sci fi with better fx and seen it all before script. 2 stars
9/13/17 morris campbell dull good effects though 1 stars
1/22/16 David H. A disaster movie that is a total disaster. 2 stars
7/09/10 Peety Bad acting, Bad CGI, Shitty plot, poop 2 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner Awesome storyline! 5 stars
6/07/08 Yessy This Movie Was absolutely terrible, magnets reflecting light? COME ON 1 stars
4/24/07 David Risser Definately not the best of Hilary Swank 2 stars
4/19/07 Stevo UK Rip off of armageddon which was shite anyway 1 stars
11/30/06 Stanley Thai Nothing else but a good pop corn flick. Enjoyable. 3 stars
11/07/06 David Pollastrini pretty dull 1 stars
5/19/06 drydock54321 do they have to kill them all (most of them that is) 4 stars
4/18/06 the laughing man It has great sci - fi elements, and character development. Beautiful visuals. 4 stars
3/12/06 Chris Wilbik The usual earth destruction movie but not too bad. 4 stars
2/11/06 sweetgrrl1972 It's based on terrible, nay ridiculous science, but I can't look away! Oddly compelling. 4 stars
12/11/05 est jay mon gabriel m. corpuz awesomes 5 stars
11/09/05 Furquan ITz all gud but the story is kind of Wack 4 stars
9/01/05 ES Unbelievable technology hurts planet, so more unbelievable technology is invented to fix it 2 stars
8/17/05 leah it was a kick ass movie 5 stars
7/25/05 Eric Rollins Cheesy fun. Needs gratuitious sex. 3 stars
6/15/05 Quigley what a piece of cinema crap! the unearthers took a lot to dig THIS up! 1 stars
5/19/05 Cindy Sheeks This movie was so awful. I even KNEW it would be awful and it still surprised me with it's 1 stars
5/08/05 Steve Newman Even my 12 yr old walked out of this one - avoid!! 2 stars
4/27/05 John the movie works better than any sleeping pill 1 stars
2/05/05 Jeff Anderson Better than expected! The cast gives 100% & the special effects are outstanding. A BLAST!!! 5 stars
10/19/04 Micheal Walter this movie sucked 1 stars
10/18/04 Naka D. Lindo gives a wonderful preformance, but its the only highlight. 2 stars
10/07/04 Valerie Great movie, worth a look for sure! 4 stars
8/13/04 Donna I think it's brilliant i watch it allt he time 5 stars
8/08/04 Bruce Mellesmoen Is it possible to create a new category "0-STARS ~ AKA The Core Score" 1 stars
8/07/04 G-man totally awesome 5 stars
8/03/04 alice MAN THIS MOVIE SUCKED 1 stars
7/19/04 assassin_chick Great idea, but this could have been done SOOOO much better. 2 stars
6/14/04 Kimastov amazing 5 stars
6/02/04 sean Too average for comments 3 stars
5/31/04 Anubis lord a good idea but kinda predictable 4 stars
5/01/04 mincemeat journey to the center of lamesville 1 stars
3/27/04 Gretchen mediocre at best, a total waste of money 1 stars
3/25/04 Erica Thornton So boring, the actors fell asleep 1 stars
3/21/04 Linda Ellis Didn't care for this, it was predictable and boring. 2 stars
3/18/04 Maria I really liked this was a sitting on the edge of your chair kind of show. 5 stars
3/17/04 Alfred Guy Should have been called, The COREny. 2 stars
3/13/04 Greg Politically correct piece of crap. 1 stars
3/12/04 Phyllis Yawn! Very skimpy plot with lame action. 2 stars
2/16/04 the gourd Darkofknight, you're not exactly up to normal intelligence levels are you? Short bus.... 1 stars
2/13/04 Jack Bourbon What a silly piece of crap. Not even amusing B-trash. 1 stars
2/11/04 Jingo P. I've seen better special effects on a Wendy's commercial. SNORE. 2 stars
12/16/03 Dan A very funny movie... so ridiculous, so self-important. Watch it and mock it. 2 stars
12/09/03 john liberal is just fine - it's this movie that sucks! 1 stars
12/04/03 twodogs Liberal/hollyweed trash 1 stars
11/27/03 John it's so bad it's insulting 1 stars
11/14/03 Sylvie Alice Borden Exciting romp, even is much of the "science" is garbage. 4 stars
11/08/03 Ryan The Bore - takes implausibility to new levels 2 stars
10/06/03 Darryl Boring and silly with cardboard characters. And predictable (very few surprises). 2 stars
9/27/03 JJ It's farfetched but entertaining. And watch out for those birds! 3 stars
9/26/03 Jiz Too bad the DVD didn't stop rotating too. Fucking awful shitfest of a movie. 1 stars
6/27/03 Jackie COOL 5 stars
6/22/03 John Bale Son of Jules Verne brother to Armaggedon, and stillborn. Tucci's humour fails to save. 2 stars
6/21/03 alien assassin Not as bad as it could have been !!!! 3 stars
6/13/03 Jerry It really rocks!! 5 stars
6/12/03 Sylvie Alice Borden Exciting romp, even is much of the "science" is garbage. 4 stars
5/11/03 Collin Compared To This Jason X Looks Like A Contender For Best Picture AtThe Oscars 1 stars
4/27/03 Paul Hackett-Evans Great fun! I loved "The Core". See it five times - I did! Can't wait for the DVD!!! 5 stars
4/20/03 George Jung What.............the..............fuck!?!?!?!?! 1 stars
4/17/03 Jack Bourbon For having gazillions of tons of pressure, the interior of the Earth sure has lots of space 1 stars
4/14/03 palaboy101 The movie had a disturbing scene where the pigeons fly aimlessly to their death. Ok film. 3 stars
4/06/03 Cadillac Kid the dumbest fucking movie i have seen in a loooong time! 1 stars
4/05/03 Bloody Vixen Um...the only reason i didn't walk out of the cinema is because of the Rat. 3 stars
4/03/03 Chris Look when you haven't seen a diaster film, since The Perfect Storm, this seems great! 4 stars
4/02/03 Uncle Salty GARBAGE FROM START TO FINISH. Should have been called "The Bore" I'd rather watch sand. 1 stars
4/02/03 Vince fuck this shit. 1 stars
4/01/03 bob mckenzie good lord, disney's journey to the center of the earth was better, made 20 years ago! 1 stars
3/31/03 Earl Dittman, Wireless Magazine I kind of liked the ten story spinning dildo. 1 stars
3/31/03 Spiderfan729 Couldn't be any better! 5 stars
3/31/03 sfghghfghg Fantastic!!! 5 stars
3/30/03 HE great 5 stars
3/30/03 Joe What A Piece Of Crap 1 stars
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  28-Mar-2003 (PG-13)
  DVD: 29-Dec-2004



Directed by
  Jon Amiel

Written by
  Sean Bailey
  Cooper Layne
  John Rogers

  Aaron Eckhart
  Hilary Swank
  Delroy Lindo
  Stanley Tucci
  Bruce Greenwwod
  DJ Qualls

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