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The Core (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  28 March 2003 (USA)
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The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again.

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Storyline

The Earth's core has stopped spinning. Disasters are appearing all over the world: Birds acting crazy, powerful thunderstorms, 32 people die within seconds of each other when their pacemakers quit working. Dr. Josh Keyes and his crew of five (total members: 6) go down to the center of the Earth to set off a nuclear device to make the Earth's core start spinning again or Mankind will perish. Written by Inhotenjoys

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi life/death situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£583,238 (UK) (28 March 2003)

Gross:

$3,592,088 (Japan) (4 July 2003)
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Trivia

The "Virgil" is named for the Roman poet Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC), author of the "Aeneid" and Dante's guide through Hell in "The Divine Comedy". See more »

Goofs

During the shuttle landing sequence, Maj. Rebecca Childs pulls out a folder which has a complex looking (cardboard) mechanical calculator on the left hand side of the folder. To the right is nothing. A few seconds later, the central part of the mechanical calculator is now blank, whilst there are maps on the right hand side.

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The center of the calculator remains blank for at least two shots after we first see the complex version. See more »

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[first lines]
Dave Perry: [referring to his watch] It stopped.
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Outer Core Supervisor See more »

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Featured in Super Secret Movie Rules: Disaster Movies (2004) See more »

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Sunblind
by BT (as Brian Transeau) & Jan Johnston
Performed by BT (as B.T.)
Vocals by Jan Johnston
Courtesy of Embrace the Future, Inc.
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Better Than Many People Claim
28 February 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I remember the critics really laid into THE CORE on its initial release . Granted the central premise of Planet Earth stopping on its axis is ridiculous but the script structure compensates for the bizarre scientific impossilbilities . Look at the opening scene with people dropping dead in Boston , it does its job of drawing the audience into the story . It doesn't stop there because a few moments later we cut to London and see a remake of THE BIRDS . Not not good enough for you ? Well wait around because they'll hopefully be a disaster around the corner that will appeal to you

It's never explained in any convincing detail how the Earth's core stopping spinning can cause these effects but we're talking about a Hollywood movie not some theory put forward by Stephen Hawking . Unlikely events do happen in Hollywood movies as if you hadn't noticed so when people criticise this movie as being " Dumb " they're perhaps taking life a little too seriously

For what it is - A dumb movie with special effects and an action adventure concept - THE CORE certainly succeeds . We're shown a ballsy heroine played by Hilary Swank who can actually act and unlike say the very similar Armageddon we don't have to put up with macho American flag waving at every opportunity .

If you're looking for an entertaining pop corn movie THE CORE should do the trick


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