When strange phenomena start to occur on Earth, the World's
best scientists are brought in to discover what is going on.
It appears that the Earth's core has stopped spinning and
that all life on the planet will be wiped out within a year.
Six of the greatest scientists are gathered to go on a mission
- one that they will never receive any recognition for - to
burrow to the centre of the Earth and kick-start the core
into spinning again...
the opening sequence - where an inordinately large number
of residents in a city drop dead when their pacemakers all
fail at the same time - this movie grips the audience. Moving
on to Trafalgar Square in London, a flock of pigeons run amuck
dive bombing tourists (no doubt Ken Livingston, anti-pigeon
Major of London, will love this scene).
that these events were somehow caused by a terrorist weapon,
the US calls together its greatest scientists to come up with
the reason why these events are unfolding. When they do they
realise they have to bore to the centre of the Earth and detonate
an nuclear explosion to save us all.
I know it sounds incredibly far fetched and you will need
to suspend disbelief for the majority of this movie. But if
you do you will find this an enjoyable romp.
the movie steers fairly well clear of too many disaster movie
clichés. The crumbling buildings and collapsing major
landmarks are all present and correct, but their inclusion
is kept to a minimum. Instead the director concentrates more
on the relationships between the lead actors - who as you
may have already guessed are picked off one by one as they
near the centre of the Earth.
are some great performances from the mostly unknown cast,
but sadly there is not really much time to get to know the
first crew member who is killed too early for us to really
feel any sympathy towards his passing.
This a great shame, because that first death should have had
more impact - as the others slowly fall off you become resigned
to the fact, and the first death really should have shocked
a little more.
computer effects generated for the inside of the Earth are
interesting and the vessel used to make their journey is well
designed - but not good enough to provide spin-off movie merchandise.
Core may not be the most thought proving movie to be released
but in a genre that hold very few surprises it delivers a
few new twists. Entertaining.
include director's commentary by Jon Amiel; To The Core
And Back: The Making of The Core featurette; Deconstruction
of visual effects; Deleted and extended scenes with director's
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