The Core

The Core

Jon Amiel (2002)

12A Certificate


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.


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: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Mar 2003