Some science fiction films are supposed to be fun. Take for example
Independence Day and Armageddon. These are films in
which Earth and its inhabitants are in danger and a team
of “brave souls” are assembled to save the day. It’s a pure "junk"
film as a good friend would say. These are throw away films; films
to take to your mind away from the things we face in real life.
Go with this thought and you will enjoy The Core. If not,
then this film is a complete mess with no hope of attracting an audience.
Everything is peaceful on Earth until birds start falling to the
ground dead, and folks with heart pacers stop and people die. It
doesn’t take long before the government brings in Geophysicist Professor
Josh Keyes for his opinion on the matter and he figures it out.
Seems that the core that make the Earth spin has stopped and unless
it can be fixed, the electromagnetic field that makes things run will
stop and the Earth will destroy itself. Hence, Josh and a small
team are assembled to go the root of the Earth to do something to
jump start the core and make it work again. Along for the ride are
Astronauts Major Rebecca Childs ( Swank) and Colonel Robert Iverson
(Greenwood), Weapons Expert Sergei Leveque (Karyo), renown geophysicist
Dr. Conrad Zimsky, and his estranged friend, scientist Dr. Brazzelton
(Lindo), who spent part of his life building a laser powered earth
driller. As with most of the sci-fi films, time is at the essence
and the team has put aside their differences and fears to complete
First of the all, you must take this film as a popcorn movie. The
script is pathetic. Most of the plot developments are clichés from
other films. The existence of mankind is at stake, and the very
best available people to handle the job are all Americans. The laws
of plausibility are thrown out the windows as nothing is logical.
It’s amazing that even at the core of the Earth, the folks at NASA
can still hear what’s going on with the crew. Hilary Swank is actually
good in her role as the astronaut. With the exception of Stanley
Tucci, who’s way over-the-top with his role, everyone else is equally
good. The script is the failure is with this film. It tries to take
itself too seriously. There are moments of comedy when it doesn’t
need to be. This film is too predicable. Popcorn movies like this
are meant to ease your mind, because you don’t get a chance to think,