Sunday, October 23, 2016

Movie Review: The Core

Due to experiments by Zimsky, the core of the Earth has stopped spinning. To save the planet, the plan is to burrow into the center of the earth in a prototype vehicle and detonate nuclear devices to restart rotation. A group of researchers, Josh, Zimsky, Serge are put together to travel in the vehicle built by Braz and piloted by astronauts Iverson and Rebecca to the core.

Aaron Eckhart (Dr. Josh), Hilary Swank (Maj. Rebecca), Delroy Lindo (Braz), Stanley Tucci (Dr. Zimsky), DJ Qualls (Rat), Bruce Greenwood (Cmdr. Iverson), Tcheky Karyo (Serge).

As a sci-fi fan, this one had my attention from the beginning. The plot is interesting but the graphics, effects, sets, and acting had me glued to the TV. The film is fairly fast paced with few slow parts. Between the amazing scenes, intense emotional interactions and drama, and overall possibility of the end of the earth, this one generates interest on several levels.

Acting was fairly well done by everyone involved and there seemed to be good chemistry between most of the cast. All delivered well and added good depth with a solid feel to the film.

As mentioned, CGI, graphics, and special effects were very well done. Images of the earth interior were quite interesting and Virgil, the craft used, was very well done. Dialogue was well done and advanced the plot with very little junk thrown in for filler. Sound was a bit frustrating with low volume during conversations and very loud music during action or stress scenes.

If you like sci-fi action thrillers, you will probably enjoy this one a lot. Technical work is good, the well known cast does nicely as expected, and the storyline is interesting.

The PG-13 rating seems a bit high for this one. I would say preens and above should be fine viewing this with no nudity, very little violence, gore, or foul language.

Released: 2003
Reviewed: 10.10.16
Star rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi Action, Sci-Fi Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi Thrillers

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