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The Core (2003)

Director:
Jon Amiel
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Science Fiction/Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Core
RUNNING TIME
135 minutes
Producer:
Sean Bailey
David Foster
Cooper Layne
Screenwriter:
Cooper Layne
John Rogers


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dr. Joshua Keyes Aaron Eckhart ½
Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs Hilary Swank
Dr. Edward "Braz" Brazzelton Delroy Lindo
Dr. Conrad Zimsky Stanley Tucci ½
Dr. Serge Leveque Tchéky Karyo ½
Commander Robert "Bob" Iverson Bruce Greenwood ½
Theodore Donald "Rat" Finch DJ Qualls ½
Flight Commander Dr. Talma Stickley Alfre Woodard
Lieutenant General Thomas Purcell Richard Jenkins ½

 

Review

The Core fits nicely into the sci-fi disaster subgenre made visible (if not exactly popular) by films such as Independence Day and Armageddon during the 1990s. And as with the latter, The Core brings an almost absurd combination of scientific aspiration and creativity on the one hand and complete scientific folly on the other. It's as if the script was written by people with a decent background in the sciences, but who couldn't resist the urge to smoke quite a bit of weed during the creative process.

The result is a totally engaging and totally preposterous disaster film. Despite a generous running time, the filmmakers are able to keep the film constantly moving in a high tempo, thus not allowing us to dwell too long on the many illogicalities in the story. Because although the script is stupid, it is also jam-packed and weirdly self-assured, and director Jon Amiel is able to convert it into a crudely suspenseful film. Most of the cast plays it straight, something which creates a few arguably unintentionally amusing situations. Many of these are saved by Stanley Tucci's jaunty performance as Dr. Zimsky. Keep your ears open for some funky sounds from composer Christopher Young, especially during the space shuttle landing scene.

 

Copyright © 5.6.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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