Two words: Suspend Disbelief.
That is what you MUST do to come out liking this good ol' popkorn
flick. When up against other films of this type, such as "Deep
Impact" and "Independence Day", "The Core"
easily bests them, but man, it's also easily the least
The basic premise is that
the core of the earth, which is molten lava, has stopped spinning
and thus, the electro-magnetic shield way above our heads, breaks
apart and starts wreaking havoc to all the little Earthlings.
The movie doesn't waste
any time. The hook happens almost immediately aka people start
dying. It's kinda freaky, pace makers stop and birds attack people,
unintentionally ...so we meet Josh Keyes (played by Aaron Eckhart),
a college professor and young geo-physicist. We also meet Sergei
Leveque (played by the always brilliant Tcheky Karyo), a frenchman,
who is also a geo-physicist. Saw that coming, right? Yup, the plot
is pretty basic and simple enough for just about anybody to
follow... the dialogue is even worse.
So, what happens next?
Without giving away too much, they meet up with an older doctor, by
the name of Conrad Zimsky (played by Stanley Tucci), who is just
stellar here, and practically steals the movie. These characters
talk about the impending doom of Earth, and this leads us to another
wacky scientist, Dr. Edward Brazelton (played by Delroy Lindo), who
is probably the smartest character in the film.
Oh yeah, back to the
beginning, there's this small scene with a Space Shuttle... eerily
similar to the Columbia tragedy, but it's way cool, it has to crash
land. That's all I will say. It's just great filmmaking.
Back to the characters...
the two other main ones are played by Bruce Greenwood (best known
for JFK in Thirteen Days) and Hillary Swank, who I recognized right
off the bat, except for her dang name. It was driving me crazy! I
was like "I know that actress! What's her name!" So, those
two are the pilots of the journey to the center of the Earth,
Yes, this film is sorta
based off that great Jules Verne novel, but I didn't see it in the
credits, so I am guessing 'sorta' is an understatement. There's no
Dinosaurs roaming around beneath the surface, thank God. I don't
know if I would be willing to suspend disbelief if they wrote it
That's the story of this
film. It's a great popkorn flick, that has no nudity/sex, very
little bad language, and a pretty simple plot that a first grader
could follow and not get bored, so take the kids to this one...
except there is some smoking in this, which was unnecessary, as it's
only a couple scenes, and has nothing to do with plot, but hey, it
makes the character look cool!
If you're bored and have
kids that won't shut-up, take 'em to see this, they'll get a kick
out of the action and you'll enjoy it too, just don't go expecting
great dialogue or plot, because you won't find any. That said, I
will say that the entire cast, did an excellent job with what little
of a script they had to work with, Stanley Tucci has a very
memorable role here, and damn, Delroy Lindo just gets better and
better with each new role! I love this guy! Remember to suspend
disbelief. This is sci-fi. Try not to think. Just enjoy.
( 3 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Matt ( 2 out of 4 pops )
If special f/x films with loads of explosions and neat CGI effects
impresses you to death, then you'll probably have a ball. I, on
the other hand, am rarely blown away by any sort of special f/x.
I'd rather watch a movie with a good script and a budget of 0 dollars
than watch one with a bad script and a budget of about 70 million
dollars. Now, "The Core" isn't an entirely bad film.
As a matter of fact, the movie has a promising start and I did somewhat
enjoy the last hour, though it's derivative of "Armageddon,"
"Independence Day" and whatever other summer blockbuster comes
to mind. But there was nothing that really kept me bolted to my
seat. During the middle of the film, I actually staggered over to
the concession stand, yawning, and purchased a large Cherry Coke,
because I needed that jolt of caffeine after nearly falling asleep a
couple of times. The acting is good, with the exception of Stanley
Tucci who gives a cartoonish performance, but I just kept wishing the
whole cast would've been in a different movie. I loved Aaron
Eckhart in "In the Company of Men," a brilliant
independent film which was made on a shoestring budget--the total
opposite of "The Core." Eckhart's a witty,
genuinely talented actor and I hope to see him choose his next
script more wisely. As everyone knows, Hilary Swank was
wonderful in "Boys Don't Cry" (another shoestring indie
feature), and I also hope she chooses her next script more wisely.
Delroy Lindo has starred in a couple of lemons in the past, but I feel
he's one of the best underrated actors and also deserves better
material. The characters, or caricatures I should say, are
extremely thin and derivative of the characters you've seen in other
disaster flicks. And of course, only in the movies can a college
professor be lecturing a crowd of half-asleep students one minute, and
end up saving the world the next. For those who are suckers for
eye-popping special f/x--and you know who you are, don't try to deny
it--this is the movie for you. For those who can do without it,
you may as well skip "The Core."
Billy Ray ( 3 out of
4 pops )
This movie reminded me of the mid-1990's, when every other film was
about saving the world from some kind of catastrophe, whether it was
aliens in "Independence Day", volcanoes in
"Volcano", or meteors and asteroids in both "Deep
Impact" and "Armageddon". Those were the days of
the pointless popkorn flicks--they were pointless--yes, but also
entertaining. "The Core" falls directly into that
category. The plot is absurd, the statistics and truths do not add
up, and the dialogue is pretty crappy--but, what the hell, it still
manages to entertain. I liked Stanley Tucci playing the
stereotypical jerk, and Delroy Lindo always manages to bring so much
character and heart into any role he tackles. The only two acting
mishaps were the annoying D.J. Qualls and the usually good Richard
Jenkins. The special effects were not that spectacular, but they
were good enough for me to let them slide--not nearly as poor as the
effects in "Gladiator" and "Mission to Mars".
Kudos to director Jon Amiel and cast and crew for making me relive the
good old days of pointless disaster cinema.