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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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Dave Perry
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Lynne
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Danni (as Rékha Sharma)
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Acker
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Serge (as Tcheky Karyo)
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Bart Anderson ...
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GBTV Reporter - Trafalgar Square
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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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$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 space shuttle landing time from the sonic boom to touchdown is the same as the real space shuttle See more »

Goofs

At about 9 minutes into the film, when the pigeons are all dying, the people run from Trafalgar Square into a building with large windows at the front. Moments later, we see several birds striking and breaking the windows. If you watch carefully, you will see that at least two of the birds that hit the window are, in fact, fish. This was deliberately put in by filmmakers as an inside joke. 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 »

Connections

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

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Echelon
by Jared Leto
Performed by 30 Seconds to Mars
Courtesy of Immortal Records LLC/Virgin Records America, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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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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