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The Core (Widescreen Edition)
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2011
This movie was brought to my attention at a professional meeting of astronomers, where it was cited as one of the worst movies in recent times for bad science content. Since my friends and I regularly get together for "bad movie night", and many of them are astronomers, I acquired this one immediately. It lived up to its billing. There is a scientific mistake almost every minute of the movie. When you add bad acting, a bad script, and inane dialogue, you can't go wrong, ROFL all the way. Yes, Hillary Swank appears in this film, but Olivier couldn't make anything serious out of this script, and Swank certainly doesn't show her Academy Award style here. They also stick to the action adventure cliches quite closely, and that makes the overall plot completely predicatble and the characters are all one-dimensional. They are intended to be steriotypes, but they don't even have a sufficient grasp of scientists to be able to carry that off.

In summary, if you want to laugh at a truly bad science fiction movie, then this is worth picking up.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2014
This must be one of the most boring movies ever made. It's certainly the most boring movie ever produced about the end of the world! You would think the imminent extinction of all life on Earth within a year would make for a good action flick, but naaaah…

“The Core” was so dragging that I simply stopped watching it halfway through (more specifically when the U.S. military wanted to deploy Project Destiny, shortly after San Francisco was burned to cinder), but I'm sure everyone was saved in the end.

And even if they weren't, I don't think anyone really gave a damn…
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
When movies this bad were made in the 50s or 60s or 70s, they had The Cheese Factor. Effects were bad, acting was often pretty bad (with notable exceptions), and plots were happily implausible.

And most of the time, people were on a jaunt. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" with James Mason et al? "Hey, we can go to the center of the Earth! How about a picnic?"

"At the Earth's Core" with Peter Cushing and Doug McClure. Laughably bad effects and a plot based on accident make for a lot of cheesy fun.

But now the effects are great (though not in this film) and budgets are greater, so the films must be Serious. And this film is so serious, so earnest. And SO BAD.

Excellent actors, terrible picture.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2014
The DVD I received has 24 minutes missing from it's playtime, it plays normally until about an hour into the film and it just goes black with no audio, then it just stalls; you can't fast forward thru this 'empty space' and you can't rewind thru it from the tail end either. Like someone 'erased' a portion of the DVD and then resold it. Sucker me!
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2007
Impressive opening degrades in an almost quantam fashion. By 10 minutes into this film, disbelief can no longer be suspended and it becomes a comedy, though not intentionaly. The relationships of the characters to each other have an almost comic book feel. An analogy where a peach is roasted with a can of hairspray and a lighter is probably the best place to stop this movie and run out of your house and do something rather than waste your life watching the remainder of this film.

It's not quite torture, but I think the U.N. should look into it.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2004
What was it about this movie that I hated so much? Was it the horrible acting? Was it the unbelievably stupid storyline? Was it the B-rate special effects?
It was all of the above. Don't waste your money.
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2003
The disaster for this movie is not what the plot line involves, the diaster is the movie itself. I can't recall when I have seen such poor acting. The dialogue is so silly at times you begin to think you are watching a poorly written comedy.
There is not one small tiny portion of the movie where you actually care what happens to the earth, the characters, or the core. I was hoping that everything, the core included, would just blow up and let the movie out of it's misery!
If you have seen the previews, you have seen the "best" part so don't waste your money. Don't even buy the DVD. CORE has to be the worst movie of the season.
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12 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2003
Is it possible to give zero stars? This is my candidate for the worst science fiction movie ever made. Not only is the science fiction premise of "The Core" completely unbelievable (trust me on this, I am a geologist) but the script is sophomoric and the acting terrible. The dumb special effects do not help either. In short, this movie makes "Plan 9 From Outer Space" look like "2001 A Space Odyssey". Is it possible that Jon Amiel was deliberately trying to make a bad movie? Is he trying to become the next Phil Tucker (who directed the 1953 classic "Robot Monster")? My advice is do not waste good money on this movie, even as a rental. Do not even waste your time! The only reason that I did was because I was trapped watching it on a transAtlantic flight. If you want to watch really bad science fiction, get something made by Ed Wood, at least it will be funny (albeit unintentionally) and have some cultural and historical value.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2005
This is not a good film. I found while watching it that such circumstances, as the end of the world brought on by the core of Earth ceasing to spin, while imaginative and awesome, were poorly dealt with.

The cast is very good though. Aaron Eckart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Stanley Tucci, Tcheky Karyo, Alfre Woodard and Bruce Greenwood are all excellent actors. But in this piece, it seems they signed up for the $ and the special effects blah, blah, not for the script. Forget the fact that this may or may not be possible. What ticked me off was the speed with which the ship capable of tunneling into the Earth's core is built-because it has to be, the swift nature of each member of the crews training-everyone is a genius and capable, the ease with which Rat, the internet hacker, manages to keep the situation a secret from the rest of the world-despite the fact that the Coliseum in Rome and much of Rome, the Golden Gate Bridge, and probably countless other cities and citizens are destroyed under a black and auroral sky....

The Core has no scope. Are the finest, most capable people all at the ready of the U.S. gov't? That narrow scope, which allows the story to plug along, aggitated me.

Eventually the film is just stupid, and great actors are wasted, as are their characters.

Even as a rental I can't recommend this. If watching Stanley Tucci and Delroy Lindo get cut off by an edit, right when a scene is beginning to cook between two actors is for you, then The Core is worth your $. Other than that, pass.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2014
Kight's Tale and The Core were both corrupt. Will not shop Amazon again.
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