The Core

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A B-movie with its tongue planted firmly in cheek, The Core is so unintentionally (intentionally?) bad that it's a hoot.

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Geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) discovers that an unknown force has caused the earth's inner core to stop rotating. With the planet's magnetic field rapidly deteriorating, our atmosphere literally starts to come apart at the seams with catastrophic consequences. To resolve the crisis, Keyes, along with a team of the world's most gifted scientists, travel into the earth's core. Their mission: detonate a device that will reactivate the core.

Cast & Crew

Aaron Eckhart
Dr. Josh Keyes
Hilary Swank
Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs
Delroy Lindo
Dr. Ed "Braz" Brazzelton
Stanley Tucci
Dr. Conrad Zimsky
DJ Qualls
Theodore Donald 'Rat' Finch
Richard Jenkins
General Thomas Purcell
Tchéky Karyo
Dr. Serge Leveque
Bruce Greenwood
Commander Robert Iverson
Jon Amiel
Director
John Rogers
Writer
John Lindley
Director of Photography
Philip Harrison
Production Designer
Terry Rawlings
Film Editor
Dan Lester
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  • Apr 25, 2013
    Ambitious film that is basically deep impact in the opposite direction. This is a high budget b class film that failed to find an audience which is safe to say they failed to find the correct fun and destruction to keep things interesting.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2012
    I dunno why but I do like this disaster film, yes its totally stupid, totally unrealistic and completely along the lines of 'Armageddon' under the earth but to hell with it! its a fun ride. Part of this is down to the likeable cast of science bods for me. Eckhart has always kinda been the bigger version of Scott Bakula in my humble view, a nice guy with floppy hair, Karyon and Lindo are both solid as always and Tucci is fully enjoyable as the whiny scrawny egghead who will obviously kick the bucket. Only downside is the Justin Bieber lookalike Swank who is just too damn wholesome and American to stand for so long. The film is simply fun from the get go really, your typical disaster scenes across the world, the cool ideas the film makers came up with for the earth's interior, it really does feel like an updated 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' when the crew break into a huge geode which then begins to leak lava. I think the creative team did well with whats shown as the crew progress deeper, I'm sure its scientifically wrong but it looks cool. As you near the climax the plot does get a little more emotional as members fall by the wayside one by one much like all disaster flicks do. This does keep you glued to the screen somewhat, its very predictable but you wanna see it through. In the back of your mind you know who's gonna die and who's gonna survive, but like I said its highly predictable. I think the plot is well worked in this film, it seems like an impossible task but the theories of how you could actually jump start the center of the earth are clever I guess. You know its not real but it looks and sounds like it could be. I also liked the craft design they use, the spacesuit-esque designs and all the science guff they babble when the heat is on (no pun intended). A shame the ending is so flat but it beats the over blown all American showboating you got in 'Armageddon'.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2011
    The Core is one perfect example of a terrible film that should've never been made. What's stunning about this film is that it has a good cast of talented actor, aside from D.J. Qualis, who was always a terrible actor. I can't believe the amount of really good actors who acted in this pile of junk. The film is yet another "save the world" type of film and is focused on reigniting the earth's core. However, the films plot is so poorly conceived that you lose interest in watching the film, and wonder why you even bothered with the film in the first place. This cast cannot save the world or this film for that matter, and when you have a seventeen year old as the head of the operation, you know you have a really bad film in the can. This film fails as a disaster film and as an action movie. When I originally saw this at the time of its release, this was the worst that I had seen. The Core has a great cast of talented actors, but even that doesn't save this lacking, and mediocre story. This is one of the worst action films that has come out of Hollywood, and really makes the disaster genre an irrelevant bad joke. This is a film that should be avoided. The great cast is wasted here, and they shouldn't have ever made this stupid, ridiculous.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2011
    Action/adventure sci-fi about an intrepid team of scientists who must journey to the center of the earth in order to save the world. I wonder what can happen? Summer movie fun.
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