When 17 people suddenly drop dead within a 10-block radius in Boston,
geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) and French
atomic weapons expert Dr. Serge Leveque (Tchky Karyo) are summoned
by General Thomas Purcell (Richard Jenkins) to Washington, DC, to find out if the deaths
are due to an attack from another country. But Keyes discovers that
for reasons unknown, the earth's inner core has stopped rotating, causing
the planet's electromagnetic fielt to rapidly deteriorate. At the same time,
life as we know it begins to deteriorate as well, causing birds to lose their ability
to navigate, whales to erratically change their migration patterns, and people
with pacemakers to suddenly drop dead. The solution? Create a ship that can breach the core of the earth
and give it a boost to start it back up, what else?
Armageddon 2 stars... Oh, uh... Sorry. I mean, The Core is the latest apocalyptic fantasy/adventure
film to hit the silver screen. While 1998 produced two meteor-related disaster flicks, 2003 offers the a end-of-the-world
adventure that begins when the Earth's core stops circulating. What unfolds is science that hardly makes sense but allows
the imagination to stretch and offer an enjoyable two hours of visible effects and moderately witty dialog.
The Core seems to realize the preposterous plot and science it displays and proceeds to remedy it with
healthy helpings of humor and decent acting. So where does the film go wrong? The problems lie within the plot
that many will find too hard to swallow and the lack of star power or must-see effects keep this film grounded.
It's not surprise why it hasn't become a big blockbuster hit, but with an open-mind, it's not a hard movie to enjoy.
In the content department, The Core is surprisingly clean for the kind of genre it fits into. Blood/gore is severely
minimized considering it's disaster film status. Language is moderate with 1 "f" word and an assortment of other
colorful words. Finally, sexual content is also kept to a bare minimum with merely 2 brief references.
The Core, although enjoyable, lacked a firm and plausible plot and jaw-dropping effects or virtually
anything the audience hasn't seen before. While the idea seemed relatively original (except more like a modern
Journey to the Center of the Earth minus the dinosaurs), it just felt more like a sequel or sibling to Armageddon
than its own film. But if you can suspend your concept of reality for a couple of hours on a rainy day, The Core is an intense
journey that would be the perfect popcorn flick for you. And you know the drill (ha, no pun intended), if you have any questions
or comments about the film before you see it (if you
decide to), feel free to
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: Rat makes two minor comments.
Vulgarity/Language: 1 "f" word,
3 "J-sus," 2 "s" words, 12 "h*ll," 8 "d*mn," 1 "a" word, 1 "cr*p," 13 uses of "G-d"
Alcohol/Drugs: Some people drink; Josh gets drunk at a bar.
Blood/Gore: We see a blood trickle down a man's forehead from inside
of their helmet; A man's arm is red from being burned.
Violence: Swarms of birds lose control while in flight and begin crashing into
things, including cars and cause numerous accidents. A man is punched by another. Other disaster-related violence.
** Disclaimer: All reviews are based solely on the opinions of the reviewer. Most
reviews are rated on how the reviewer enjoyed the film overall, not on content. However, if the content
really affects the reviewer's opinion of the film, it will definitely affect the reviewer's rating.