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Core, The (2003)
Movie Review by The Cryptkeeper

Core, The (2003) The Earth's inner core has stopped spinning, and scientist Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) must discover the cause before the world literally falls apart. He and a group of brilliant researchers burrow deep into the Earth's center in a subterranean vessel piloted by Maj. Beck Childs (Hilary Swank) and Col. Robert Iverson (Bruce Greenwood). There, they'll detonate a device that they hope will get the world to turn again ... before it's too late. -netflix

This is another one that I saw when it came out on DVD and then forgot to review it. Again... great excuse to watch the movie again to prepare for the review. I am a huge fan of disaster movies, so I have seen most of them a half dozen times anyway... so watching The Core again didn't hurt my feelings. I do not know why so many people have given this movie such a bad review.... I really thought it was very good. I know what you will say... it has plausibility issues. Really? How so? Do we know it is really not possible to drill to the core of the Earth? Seems highly unlikely... but hey, it is a movie people. Alot of the bad talk surrounds suspending disbelief. Most horror, sci-fi, disaster movies and the like do ask us to suspend our disbelief to some level. Anyone who has been in a natural disaster knows that some unbelievable shit happens. From cars stuck up in trees during floods, two by fours hurdled through brick walls during hurricanes, one quarter of an inch of ice bringing down 200 year old trees during ice storms. I have personally witnessed all of these things and I can tell you they were hard to believe... yet they happened. So if you are one of those "unable to suspend disbelief" people... you should probably not be watching movies to begin with. But... I digress.

So here we go. We have a situation where the earth's core has stopped rotating... which is the heartbeat of our planet. This affects the electromagnetic field that the planet needs to keep the sun's deadly rays from melting it... among other things. Electromagnetic pulses begin causing people with pacemakers to drop dead, electronics and navigation systems begin to fail, birds begin flying into buildings and people as they are unable to navigate properly. Huge electrically charged storms begin destroying major cities, etc, etc. The only way to stop these things is to kick start the earth's core. They plan to do this with a laser and subterranean vehicle being secretly developed out in the desert by slightly touched scientist, Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzleton (Delroy Lindo). The U.S. Government throws a bunch of money at our team of scientist to get this thing built right away. If you want to have something in this film to not believe... how about the fact that the U.S. Government was able to finish a project within a few weeks.

That brings us to our team of heroes set to save the planet: Braz, Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart), Commander Iverson (Bruce Greenwood), Major Rebecca Childs (Hilary Swank), Dr. Serge Leveque (Tcheky Karyo) and Dr. Conrad Zimsky (Stanley Tucci)... supported by their NASA surface crew along with a computer hacker named Theodore Donald 'Rat' Finch (DJ Qualls) who is there to help hide their doings from the internet at large. Since we know very little about what is below the Earth's crust... the filmmakers are able to get pretty creative and take certain liberties with physics and other sciences. It also allows them to come up with some pretty groovy effects. The cast that was assembled is a good one and they do a great job with some shaky dialogue and situations. While alot of people have found some negative things to say about The Core, I cannot find any. I thought it was a really good disaster film. If there is anything negative that I can say, it is that more disaster movies like this are not being made. Do yourself a favor... pop this movie into your favorite DVD player, suspend your disbelief for 2 hours and enjoy a great ride to the core of the Earth.

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