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The Core

The Core

Jon Amiel (2002)

129min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
Having exhausted the more traditional threats to human existence (asteroids, volcanos, large boats sinking), the Hollywood disaster movie now moves on to positively esoteric cataclysms: in this case the Earth's core ceasing - for reasons just barely explained - to rotate. While international landmarks explode and surface-dwellers face terminal sunburn, a secret team of top scientists builds a burrowing machine designed to penetrate the core and set it spinning again. Best described as Journey to the Center of the Earth meets Armageddon, this is by-the-numbers movie-making, with enough excitingly staged set pieces to offset the daft plot. Aaron Eckhart - on sabbatical from the more sober likes of In the Company of Men - puts in a pleasing turn as a boffin recruited to save the planet, while the excellent Stanley Tucci is amusingly slimy as his duplicitous colleague.

Summary

A chain of bizarre and deadly incidents in several countries leads scientists to the conclusion that the Earth's core has stopped spinning. As chaos erupts around the world, experts hatch a plan to halt the destruction and save the human race - but it involves venturing deep below the planet's surface to detonate a nuclear bomb. Sci-fi thriller, starring Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci and DJ Qualls.

Cast & Crew

Dr Josh Keyes Aaron Eckhart
Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs Hilary Swank
Dr Ed "Braz" Brazzelton Delroy Lindo
Dr Conrad Zimsky Stanley Tucci
Taz "Rat" Finch D J Qualls
Gen Thomas Purcell Richard Jenkins
Dr Serge Leveque Tcheky Karyo
Commander Robert Iverson Bruce Greenwood
Dr Talma "Stick" Stickley Alfre Woodard
Director Jon Amiel
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence, edited for language. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 28 Mar 2003

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