The Core

tcAnother deep cut to keep the chain of reviews intact, this was a disaster film from 2003 that had a wonderfully kooky premise: the core of the earth, which spins continuously, thus generating a magnetic field that protects life from cosmic rays, is slowing. Yes, for reasons unexplained, the law of conservation of angular momentum fails and humanity will die as a result.

Cue the creation of a mammoth government project filled with a wacky array of mismatched character actors who will man a ship designed to descend through the crust of the Earth, navigate through the mantle, and detonate a series of bombs in such a way that the core’s spin is restarted. I get giddy just writing that sentence. This film may have the dumbest premise ever. And I love it.

What I love is the fact that the film walks a very fine line between taking itself too seriously and throwing all concept of reality out the window.

It also has a wonderful cast of B and C level actors who I really love. Aaron Eckhart, Stanley Tucci, Tchéky Karyo, Bruce Greenwood, Delroy Lindo, Richard Jenkins, DJ Qualls. Surprisingly, the least interesting performer is also the biggest star: Hilary Swank.

This was one of the fifty-three or so films at the beginning of the millennium that destroyed the Golden Gate Bridge in a way to generate tension for the audience. That hacky plot point and the egregious way they hand-wave the computer hacking stuff are the things that bother me most. That they… drive a ship to the Earth’s core and restart it doesn’t bother me at all. I love it.

Stanley Tucci was in The Core with Aaron Eckhart. Aaron Eckhart was in…

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