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The Core (2003)

The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again.

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Paul
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Lynne
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Danni (as Rékha Sharma)
Tom Scholte ...
Acker
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FBI Agent
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Serge (as Tcheky Karyo)
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Bart Anderson ...
Dad
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Mom
Justin Callan ...
Little Boy
Chris Humphreys ...
GBTV Reporter - Trafalgar Square
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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 USA:

$12,053,131, 30 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,186,896

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,208,267
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Trivia

(at around 9 mins) Near the end of the "birds" scene, a trout is seen smashing into a window instead of a pigeon. This was a joke left in by the team that did the CG pigeons. See more »

Goofs

(at around 7 mins) At the start of the Trafalgar Square sequence, the POV from behind the statue of Nelson is toward the National Gallery on the north side of the Square. In fact, the statue of Nelson at the top of Nelson's Column faces the other way (south) down Whitehall. See more »

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[first lines]
Dave Perry: [referring to his watch] It stopped.
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Crazy Credits

During the first part of the film's closing credits, the camera zooms out from the Earth as the credits appear. When the film's title appears, the 'O' is actually the earth. The rest of the first part of the closing credits, which is the cast, is just set against a black background. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #29.14 (2003) See more »

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Echelon
by Jared Leto
Performed by Thirty Seconds to Mars
Courtesy of Immortal Records LLC/Virgin Records America, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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Worth a Dollar if You Have Two Hours to Kill
15 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

How can you tell when a director is bad? I mean, assuming the director is given $50 million or so, competent actors, and a halfway-decent script, what would the film look like if he/she REALLY didn't know what he/she was doing? I think that film would look a lot like "The Core."

From the preview stage, this movie was on my "might see it but not pay for it" list, so I just now caught it on cable. Hilary Swank and Aaron Eckhart will definitely have Oscars someday, and most of the other actors who make it on the ship are of similar caliber. The comic relief generally works ("I'm going to need Xena tapes and lots of Hot Pockets"), and the plot is no more ridiculous than, say, "The Day After Tomorrow" (though it is slightly LESS ridiculous-- at least this movie attempts to offer a cause for the problem, however unlikely).

I remember watching "Entrapment," another John Amiel film, and thinking it was, in a word, awful. The editing was off, the plot lumbered ahead only through the will of Sean Connery's accent and Catherine Zeta-Jones spandex-clad anatomy. Watching "The Core," Amiel has decided his mistake was pacing, and turns up the volume to eleven and full speed ahead, hoping the charisma of his actors covers his butt. In the second half of the film, this works fine. In the first half, it just shows his limitations as a director... poor special effects during the space shuttle landing that could easily have been fixed with model work or different camera angles; birds going crazy and smacking into buildings look exactly like someone tossed a dummy against a building, then the editor cut it as close as possible. Truly, this is a man at the helm who doesn't know what a good film is supposed to look like. I wonder what an Ed Wood movie would have looked like, if someone had given THAT guy $50 million?

Characters die with clockwork predictability, and my only problem with the resolution was the actors were TOO good. They play geniuses, the absolute best in their fields, so when the movie ends I wanted to spend more time with them, see what incredible problems, discoveries, adventures they had next. The movie itself is barely a D+, thanks to the actors, occasionally adequate special effects (which we will call simply "effects"), and a really great score to hold it all together. I'd buy the score (not the pop songs over the credits) before I'd watch the movie again, but it's a thumbs up effort for everyone who isn't Amiel. Worth a dollar if you have two hours to kill.


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