The Core (2003)

Core, The (2003, USA/GBR) C-135m. SCOPE ** D: Jon Amiel. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Tchéky Karyo, Bruce Greenwood, Alfre Woodard, Stanley Tucci, Delroy Lindo. Big, booming sci-fi disaster thriller (too much) along the lines of ARMAGEDDON (1998). Gifted scientists discover certain phenomena on the Earth to be caused by a change in the planet's electromagnetic field. When they realize that this happens because the Earth's core has stopped spinning, a mission is out together to drill there and blow up some nuclear warheads. Surprisingly watchable and fast paced but based on an utterly unbelievable contrivance. Concept wears thin halfway through.


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