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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Perry
Eileen Pedde ...
Danni (as Rékha Sharma)
Tom Scholte ...
FBI Agent
FBI Agent
Serge (as Tcheky Karyo)
Bart Anderson ...
Justin Callan ...
Little Boy
Chris Humphreys ...
GBTV Reporter - Trafalgar Square


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This Spring, Mankind's Greatest Threat Is Earth Itself. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Core  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£583,238 (UK) (28 March 2003)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally slated for release on 1 November 2002, the film was pushed back five months to give the visual effects crew more time to perfect the CGI scenes. See more »


Some of the lines holding the USS Abraham Lincoln to the dock are visible on the side as the camera sweeps around the ship, disappearing as they pass in front of the water. Also, the aircraft are arranged for display as if the ship is in port, completely blocking the catapults and landing traps. See more »


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

Outer Core Supervisor See more »


Referenced in Roland Emmerich: Master of the Modern Epic (2010) See more »


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 often given credit for
16 August 2006 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

I am watching "The Core" after having read several other comments about the movie. The sentiments expressed go from being "Fine Movie" to "Worst Movie ever," the last obviously coming from someone who rated "Starship Troopers" as the "greatest Sci Fi movie ever made." There are parts of this movie that are actually very good. The first thing to give credit for was the cast that they had. It is a very good cast. Let me repeat, a very good cast. Alfrie Woodard has never given a bad performance, and although her role was relatively small, she brought moral gravity to the role that the movie needed. Delroy Lindo showed a range that I have never seen him do. Obviously better recognized as a man in control, he was nigh on perfect as the forgotten but brilliant scientist who still stings over Stanley Tucci's Conrad Zimsky having stole his discoveries from a generation earlier. Tucci, a fine actor, did take it over the top a bit too much. DJ Qualls gives an underrated performance. He is 6'2" but makes us believe he is a 5'7" geek. He gave a touching performance as he tried to slow down the big bad that caused the problem in the first place. Aaron Eckhart, normally a baddie, did a believable performance, with Hillary Swank, a two time Oscar winner bringing her easily recognized skills to the screen.

I originally wanted to blame Director Jon Amiel for the faults of the movie, but when I went back and considered individual roles and scenes, I realized that he did the job he was paid to do. The visual effects were more than adequate, constrained by the need, not for realism, but by the need to show things that would further the story.

So where did it go wrong? First, the problem, I believe, was with the writing. The script was very uneven. Part of it came from what appears to be last minute changes in the story line. Early trailers suggest a very different story -- and rumors from Hollywood at the time indicated this was true.

Too much of the story telling was quick and dirty, trying to just get it done. Had they not been locked in to a predetermined release date, they could have gotten the script right. Second, it seems there was a problem with editing. There were times when the film just went clunk. Was it poor editing in and of itself? Or was it editing that had to serve the problems with the script. Far from a perfect movie, but one with some very good elements. Give credit where credit is due.

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