The Core: Is this the craziest disaster movie of all time?

The Core (13+, 135mins) Directed by Jon Amiel **½

“Wait. This isn’t going to be subtle.

Commander Bob Iverson (Bruce Greenwood) is right, this 2003 sci-fi blockbuster is definitely no shrinking purple when it comes to bombast and action.

Inspired by all things Jules Verne, the plot involves a group of scientists and astronauts having to make their way to the center of the Earth in an experimental craft after the Earth’s core has stopped rotating. This stoppage of the rotation caused the pigeons to lose their bearings, super lightning storms destroyed the Colosseum in Rome and ultimately threatens to leave the planet in an extra-crusty and uninhabitable state.

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What our little group of heroes must do is deliver a small package (100 megatons) of nuclear weapons and hope to get Earth’s engine going again.

If this all sounds familiar to you, that’s probably because it is. Borrowing the best parts from The Birds, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Independence Day, Star Wars and, most obviously, Armageddon.

Between two Best Actress Oscars, Hilary Swank starred in The Core.

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Between two Best Actress Oscars, Hilary Swank starred in The Core.

The Core is a pretty entertaining piece of Tinseltown fluff, provided you remember to keep your mind neutral. As long as you don’t hold a BSc or higher, or realize that almost all of the science in film is entirely wrong, then you’ll be suitably engrossed in this two-hour roller coaster.

First screenwriter Cooper Layne and Cosby scribe, John Roger’s screenplay has some nice touches (like the use of Unobtanium, a favorite name among sci-fi fans for a magical substance that drives the plot , like metal for the subterranean craft), but these are pretty much standard explanations when plot complexity gets tricky.

As long as you don't hold a BSc or higher, or realize that almost all of the science in film is entirely wrong, then you'll be suitably engrossed in this two-hour roller coaster.

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As long as you don’t hold a BSc or higher, or realize that almost all of the science in film is entirely wrong, then you’ll be suitably engrossed in this two-hour roller coaster.

Director Jon Amiel (Entrapment, Copycat) tries to evoke memories of 90s disaster blockbusters Twister and Independence Day, but despite a truly impressive cast (which includes Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Delroy Lindo and Tcheky Karyo) , a few strings of computer-generated imagery and very clunky dialogue mean it’s more likely to remind you of popular 1950s movies like Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Fly.

The Core is now available to stream on Netflix.

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