The Core

March 28th, 2003


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(Left center) Aaron Eckhart as Josh and (center) Stanley Tucci as ZimskyStill of Aaron Eckhart in The CoreStill of Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank in The CoreThe Core(Left to right) Hilary Swank, Bruce Greenwood, and Alfre WoodardStill of Aaron Eckhart and Stanley Tucci in The Core

The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 5.3/10 (37,396 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

Director: Jon Amiel

Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo

The Earth's core has stopped spinning. Disasters are appearing all over the world: Birds acting crazy, powerful thunderstorms, 32 people die within seconds of each other when their pacemakers quit working. Dr. Josh Keyes and his crew of five (total members: 6) go down to the center of the Earth to set off a nuclear device to make the Earth's core start spinning again or Mankind will perish.

Writers: Cooper Layne, John Rogers

Aaron Eckhart - Dr. Josh Keyes
Christopher Shyer - Dave Perry
Ray Galletti - Paul
Hilary Swank - Maj. Rebecca Childs
Delroy Lindo - Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzleton
Eileen Pedde - Lynne
Rekha Sharma - Danni (as Rékha Sharma)
Stanley Tucci - Dr. Conrad Zimsky
DJ Qualls - Theodore Donald 'Rat' Finch
Tom Scholte - Acker
Richard Jenkins - Gen. Thomas Purcell
Glenn Morshower - FBI Agent
Bruce Greenwood - Cmdr. Robert Iverson
Anthony Harrison - FBI Agent
Tchéky Karyo - Serge (as Tcheky Karyo)

Taglines: The only way out is in

Release Date: 28 March 2003

Filming Locations: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,053,131 (USA) (30 March 2003) (3017 Screens)

Gross: $74,208,267 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

On 16 March 2002, some scenes were filmed on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) while it was in Everett, Washington.

Revealing mistakes: While Josh and Beck are welding the main power lines to the hull of the ship, Beck hands Josh the last wires and lays her hand right on the hull. Although the outer core is at 9000 degrees, the hull is extremely hot. Beck would have seriously burned her hand on the hot hull.

[first lines]
Dave Perry: [referring to his watch] It stopped.

User Review

Abandon all brains ye who enter here


The Core is one of those movies you can hate intensely yet can feel a strange affinity for. It resembles the kind of nonsensical science-fiction made in the 1950s when audiences had no knowledge whatsoever about science: a dodgy set-up, a ludicruous solution, and an eager band of gradually expendable characters to join you on this world-saving adventure. Like its predecessor Armageddon it gives you a totally unbelievable scenario, but pleasingly does not fill the ship with a grab-bag of misfits and personality disorders to provide humour. And off they go deep into the Earth's crust, armed with a mid-range special effects budget and a mid-range script. Like HG Wells or Lovecraft you can either reject it out of hand, or bite your tongue and enjoy the ride. I chose the latter, and while I shook my head continuously, it wasn't the worst thing I've seen.

Like many sci-fi films these days, the set-up seemed better than the conclusion: dozens of people sporting pacemakers drop dead after a magnetic shockwave hits a city, pigeons go berserk in Trafalgar Square, the Space Shuttle veers off-course and lands in an LA culvert. The movie's head boffin is comandeered from his dull lecturing job to explain the world's problems with the help of a peach, some air-freshener and a cigarette lighter (perhaps the most pathetic scientific demo in the history of cinema). You see, the Earth's core has stopped spinning, our electro-magnetic field is dying, and we're all about to be toasted by the solar winds. How do we get it fixed? Drill 2000 miles into the core and detonate some nukes? No problem!

I'll ignore the many scientific, physical and continuity errors that popped up during the movie as they have been amply described here already - more or better advice could've been taken to prevent these needless flaws is all I can say. Then again, good old B-movie schlock like "Fantastic Voyage" and "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" also had its share of shortcomings, and this is in the same vein - I just hope nobody thinks they are learning geophysics from this film. Watch it with eyes wide open and brain shut, and you'll be fine.