The Core, directed by Joe Amiel is all about the Earth’s core. Due to an unknown set of circumstances, the core of the Earth stops spinning. This causes the Earth’s electromagnetic field to deteriorate, leading to a series of extreme natural disasters and exposure to deadly forms of radiation from outer space. It is up to a team of scientists, weapons specialists and & pilots to become ‘terranauts’ and figure out a way to make our core start spinning again. In this team we have professor Joshua Keyes (Aaron Eckhart), pilots Robert Iverson (Bruce Underwood) & Rebecca Childs (Hilary Swank), and prominent academic (Stanley Tucci); among other crew members.
Though this movie had a unique premise, its execution was eerily similar to a number of Roland Emmerich disaster movies; we observed the destruction of famous monuments the world over, excessive involvement of the US army, and a nail-biting climatic finale. There were a few sequences in the film that, in principle, were well thought of in that they illustrated the devastating consequences on our planet if our core were to stop spinning. Examples include the London pigeon sequence and the Rome lightning strike sequence (you’ll know exactly what these are if you watch the movie).
All the performances were also quite palatable. The actors did a good enough job to make me accept the camaraderie between the different crew members. There was no particular actor that ‘stood out’ among the rest; everybody seemed to be on equal footing and had an equal contribution to the positive aspects of this movie. The science discussed in The Core also seemed to be relatively well thought out. Being an engineering graduate, I saw no gaping flaws or inconsistencies that would have damaged the credibility of this movie for the scientific community. I don’t know though, maybe there’s a blog post out there that rants about the lackluster use of physics or chemical engineering in this film?
On the negative side, the CGI was laughably bad, especially for a film released in 2003. There were also a bunch of sequences that showed a programmer prominently hacking his way through some of the most secure military databases in the world. I’m sure cyber security experts out there were fuming in those moments; they seemed completely unrealistic. But overall, I didn’t hate The Core. Its premise was unique, and had components that made it a satisfactory ‘end-of-the-world’ movie.