The Core (2003)

Why can’t I travel down 7,000 feet towards the earth’s core? Geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) discovers that something is not right with the world right now. Unusual things are happening that many people cannot explain. He figures out that an unknown force has stopped the earth’s inner core from rotating. The earth’s magnetic field is quickly deteriorating and is coming apart with some scary consequences that could pretty much wipe out all of humanity. With the help of five other gifted scientists, Dr. Keyes and the rest of them hop into the ship and decide to travel deep into the earth’s core. They have to figure out a way to get the earth’s inner core to start rotating normally again. Once they reach the inner core, they need to blow up a device that will force the core to rotate again. The problem is, this is an extremely dangerous task that they may not be able to survive. Is it worth it to risk their lives to save all of humanity?

First off, I really had little to no interest in this film, but I had to watch it for one of my classes so I figured I would go ahead and review it. I understand why I had to watch this for class, but the movie is pretty terrible. Having said that, it is rather enjoyable and a lot of fun. It is so unbelievably ridiculous and over-the-top that even though you know that, there is still something about it that you enjoy. It is similar to a movie like Armageddon. Clearly that is not a great movie, but it is one that a lot of people love and enjoy, even when they know there is nothing all that special about it. That is what we get with The Core. It is a disaster movie that is a complete disaster and I am perfectly okay with that.

The acting in The Core is where I run into a lot of problems. I thought all of them were equally as bad in this terrible portrayal of people going into the earth’s core to make it rotate again. I was shocked that this group of actors were so terrible. They include, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Echart, Hilary Swank, and Bruce Greenwood. These are all decent actors and we do not see their full potential in this movie. Even when the movie is a big pile of crap, you still want to see these good actors show you what they are made of. We see none of that in The Core. This is a movie that is incredibly hard to say you enjoyed when it is such a bad movie.

The Core is a movie that should have never been made. The thing that you are supposed to look forward to most out of this movie is the special effects. The problem with that is, they are absolutely atrocious. I understand this movie was made in 2003, but give me a break. It looked like they did not even try to give a good representation of what the core actually looks like. It is so easy to bash how awful of a movie this is, but it is definitely a lot of fun. I think the reason for it being so much fun is that it seems like it is meant to be like that. The issue with that theory is that it definitely was not made for that reason and the audience thinks it is. If you are in the mood for a terrible, but weirdly awesome movie, The Core may be one you want to check out, but remember it is quite awful.

Overall, The Core is nothing more than a trainwreck of a movie that has some awesome things about it at the same time. It is filled with poor writing, bad acting and not to mention, horrible special effects.

Grade= D


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