Film (2003). Paramount Pictures in association with MFO Munich Film Partners. Directed by Jon Amiel. Written by Cooper Layne, John Rogers. Cast includes Aaron Eckhart, Delroy Lindo, Hilary Swank and Stanley Tucci. 135 minutes. Colour.
Although it might seem like an update of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), The Core owes its plot and style to 1990s Disaster movies like Armageddon (1998). A motley crew of Scientists and astronauts must burrow their Underground vessel into the "broken" core of the earth and detonate nuclear Weapons to start it spinning again, thus saving the world. Unfortunately, even taking massive liberties with subterranean lighting, the movie cannot do much to make the magma inside the planet visually interesting; and with no real antagonist, it is left to stupid accidents to carry out the necessary whittling-down of the crew. However, the film is seemingly aware of its own implausibility, and is always ready with a throw-away line to explain the latest absurdity, such as the construction material Unobtainium that can withstand the heat and pressure of the Earth's core. The novelization is The Core (2003) by Dean Wesley Smith. [JN]
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