Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.
The Earth's core has stopped spinning. Disasters are happening around the globe, including; animals acting in bizarre ways, monstrous thunderstorms. Dr. Josh Keyes and his crew of 5 go down to the centre to set off a nuclear device, hoping to make the core start spinning again, or humanity will cease.Written by
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 »
At around the 13 minute mark, while the Shuttle is approaching L.A, the computer shows "Off course by 129.0276 Miles" from Edwards AFB ... in actual fact it's only 83 miles from the Shuttle runway at Edwards to the coast at Long beach, and only about 65 miles to where they touched down on the LA River. (129 miles would be half way between the islands of San Clemente and Santa Catalina.)
The coordinates given to NASA (33 Deg 55' N, 118 10'W) is actually accurate, the section of river going north from near the Long Beach fwy/Glen Anderson fwy junction, but the computer shows 33 Deg 15' N, 118 10'W ... a point 7.5 miles SE of Santa Catalina Island ... IN THE OCEAN. The actual LANDING coordinates would be 34 02'N, 118 13W, since they SOMEHOW seem to be traveling SOUTH when they touch down at that point.
PS. If they were coming from the North (as indicated by flying over Dodger Stadium), then they OVERFLEW Edwards AFB about 1/2 hour before touchdown ... and if they're coming from the South, why didn't they just turn left and land at LAX ... Nice LONG, STRAIGHT, UNOBSTRUCTED runways, with emergency services readily available. (for HARD runways, 2 miles seems to be the length required, SOFT runways [Edwards AFB dry lake beds, White Sands, etc] require 4 miles) See more »
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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