Cons: Bad story, acting, no character development.
The Bottom Line: A good premise and setup is quickly lost in a complete lack of originality.
Hollywood has had long had a fascination with disaster films, and the genre had its heyday in the 1970s with producer Irwin Allens star-studded disaster epics. Films such as The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure and the Airport films all followed a successful formula of large casts who found themselves pitted in a battle for survival against the elements and themselves in situations of epic disasters. While the disaster film genre faded in the 1980s. It was rejuvenated in the 1990s with films such as Twister, Volcano Deep Impact and Armageddon The latter films upped the anti from regional disasters to events of global proportions thanks in no small part to the broadening of the global box office.
With the summer movie season only a few weeks away, the first of the big-budget movies for the season is upon audiences with The Core. The films opening details how a series of events ranging from odd and aggressive animal behaviors to people dropping dead for no apparent reason has caused the government to call in specialists Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart), and Sergei Leveque (Tcheky Karyo), to access if the strange happenings are the result of an attack by a new weapon or just random occurrences. As the mystery of the events is pondered when an attack is ruled out, a space shuttle crashes into a Los Angles riverbed due to magnetic interference of the ships guidance and navigation systems, the powers that be still think that everything is fine. This all changes when Keyes consults scientist and government advisor Dr. Zimsky (Stanley Tucci), and conclude that the core of the Earth has stopped spinning and this will eventually cause the protective electromagnetic layer of the planet to dissolve allowing solar radiation, heat, and microwave storms to destroy everything on the planet within a year.
With no time to spare, the government assembles a team of experts to construct an experimental ship to travel to the core of the planet so that it might be restarted with nuclear bombs.
The ships is the dream child of doctor Brazelton (Delroy Lindo), who was a former partner of Zimsky and has fumed away the last twenty years designing his ship while Zimsky has risen to celebrity status with certain ideas that have their origin in Brazeltons work.
The ship is placed in the capable hands of Col. Robert Iverson (Bruce Greenwood), and Maj. Rebecca Childs (Hillary Swank) as they team with Zimsky, Brazelton, Keyes and Leveque to save the planet.
Naturally all manner of personality and conflicts of interest arise amongst certain members of the crew and instead of creating tension, the poorly developed characters and thin storyline causes the audience to have little concern for the characters, as there are few surprises in store. It does not take a genius to guess that Zimsky will put his own interests ahead of the others and that Maj. Childs will have to face her fear of being faced with a situation that she cant win, and having to make the hard choice. To this mix is the certainty that the government may be withholding information about what has damaged the core, and most viewers will have figured out where this film is heading.
While The Core does have some decent FX, and may be enjoyable for those in the mood for a no-brainer film, the lack of any character development, suspense, or accurate science, will leave this film grounded in the could have been file.
Pros: mildly entertaining Cons: too unbelievable The Bottom Line: _____________ The unexpected is just about the only thing that really frightens me, beyond spiders that is. Under normal circumstances you can con your way out of anything, given the proper amount of information and time. But sudden things like meteors falling out of the sky or the core of the Earth exploding, well, Hell, you just dont … more
"The Core" is a fun film to watch. Like all films in this genre, it has an impending disaster with catastrophic results waiting in the wings unless a motley crew of scientists, military folks and nerds can get something together to put an end to the destruction of the world. It has sensationalized gizmos, unbelievable heroics, and wonders out the wazoo. But let's be honest, that's why people watch movies like this. They're fun, sometimes moving, and a great way to kill a couple of hours without … more
This film begins with an interesting premise, although seeing a bunch of birds crashing through windows seems to be a poor way to start a film built around geophysics phenomena. Stan Tucci is a very talented actor who plays his complex character very well, and even less established cast members do well, as this flick was well cast. The biggest drawback in the film is the actual journey to the core. Since there isn't too much to see there except a bubble with a bed of giant quartz crystals, the story … more
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Smarter thanArmageddonand equally extreme,The Coreis high-tech Hollywood hokum at its finest. It's scientifically ridiculous, but this variant ofFantastic Voyageat leasttriesto be credible as it plunges deep into the earth's inner core, where a formulaic team of experts pilot an earth-boring ship to jump-start the planet's spinning molten interior, now stalled by a military secret that could seal the fate of all humankind. It's a geophysicist's wet dream that only a fine ensemble cast could rescue from absurdity, and director Jon Amiel (Entrapment,Copycat) draws excellent work (and plenty of humorous interplay) from Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Delroy Lindo, and a host of memorable supporting players, especiallyThe New Guy's D.J. Qualls as the world's greatest cyber-nerd. With enough digital F/X disasters to satisfy anyone's apocalyptic fantasies, this is a popcorn thriller with all the bells and whistles that its genre demands. Sit back, pump up the volume, and enjoy the dazzling ride.--Jeff Shannon