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The Core
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No relation to King Andria's master
Genre: Sci-Fi
Directed By: Jon Amiel
Produced By: David Foster
Cooper Layne
Sean Bailey
Written By: Cooper Layne
John Rogers
Starring: Aaron Eckhart
Hilary Swank
Delroy Lindo
Stanley Tucci
DJ Qualls
Richard Jenkins
Tchéky Karyo
Bruce Greenwood
Alfre Woodard
Photography: Dean Semler
Cinematography: John Lindley
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: March 28, 2003
Runtime: 135 Minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $85 million
Box Office: $74 million

The Core is a 2003 American science fiction disaster film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Stanley Tucci, Tchéky Karyo, DJ Qualls, Bruce Greenwood, and Alfre Woodard.


When the Earth's inner core stops spinning, it causes the planet's electromagnetic field to rapidly deteriorate. The only way to save planet Earth is to set the core spinning again.

Why It Sucks

  1. To start with, it is not a disaster movie, It is a generic adventure film that cares about the over-the-top adventure sequences, rather than the story, plot, or any character development.
  2. Poor story, a group of people trying to find the only way to save the Earth by going down into a core and rarely get any character development because of it.
  3. It has too many factual errors throughout the entire film.
  4. The very first few parts of the planet Earth is very formulaic.
  5. Many of the characters are terrible, and making idiotic mistakes throughout the entire film, especially in the entire part of the Earth's center, such as a scene where Iverson still standing on on the ship and he doesn't leave as soon a shard of crystal flew through the air and hit him in the head, killing him instantly.
    • Dr. Conrad Zimsky is lousy, and a lame character, he almost became unlikable after the scene where he freaks out about turning around and go home.
  6. There is absolutely no logic at all, for instance: in the film, when the Earth's core suddenly stops, it would've cause disasters throughout the planet, but in real-life, if the core of the Earth stopped spinning, then the atmosphere would probably still be in motion with the Earth's original 1,100 miles per hour rotation speed at the equator. All of the landmasses would be scoured clean of anything not attached to bedrock. The core stops would not immediately stop the planet's rotational momentum. The core, as described in the film, is a solid ball of iron inside a liquid one. So, it would take some considerable time before the drag would eventually slow the whole planet and it would allow the atmosphere to slow with it - if it actually slowed significantly at all.
  7. Lots of action scenes that are a rip-off from the 1998 film Armageddon, which ended up being Armageddon meets an underground Earth film, which it's terrible as it sounds due to a ludicrous plotline with underdeveloped characters and subplots that go nowhere at all.
    • The movie also steals the concept from The Birds (1963) in London at the beginning of the movie.
  8. Terrible CGI effects, and making it look really unrealistic, even in 2003 standards, especially with the electric storm in Rome, Italy.
  9. Mediocre acting, especially for Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, etc.
  10. It creates numerous plot-holes.
  11. Lots of unnecessary padding that will make the movie feels longer than it actually is.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Wonderful, and creepy soundtrack that was scored by Christopher Young that It would've made the movie look suspenseful.
  2. It does have sad, and powerful moments, such as Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzleton managed to get through it with only his Converse Pumps melting, and burns himself.
  3. The visual effects of the Golden Gate Bridge's melting are amazing.
  4. The idea of a film about a group of people trying to restart the Earth's core before the world gets ruined is pretty original, sadly, it was poorly executed.


Critical response

The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, with a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5.2/10, the site's consensus states "a B-movie with its tongue planted firmly in cheek, The Core is so unintentionally (intentionally?) bad that it's a hoot." In a poll of hundreds of scientists about bad science fiction films, The Core was voted the worst.

Box Office

The film didn't perform well at the box-office, The film grossed $31 million in United States theaters and another $42 million overseas for a total worldwide gross of $74.1 million against a production budget of $85 million, making a box-office failure.



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