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Deep Core (2001)

Craig Sheffer , Terry Farrell , Rodney McDonald  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Craig Sheffer, Terry Farrell, Bruce McGill, Harry Van Gorkum, Wil Wheaton
  • Directors: Rodney McDonald
  • Writers: Phillip J. Roth, Jim Christopher
  • Producers: James Hollensteiner, Jeffery Beach, Ken Olandt, Melanie J. Elin, Phillip J. Roth
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BCK5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deep Core" on IMDb

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Drilling to the earth's core may lead to catastrophe.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes cheesy is GOOD! May 23, 2004
By Kali
I liked this film! Honest! It was great fun, and quite exciting too. Okay, so I liked most of the actors, such as Wil Wheaton as Rodney and Terry Farrell as the scientist Allison
It reminded me greatly of the film The Core in various parts, in fact I think that The Core took a great deal from this low budget sci-fi than people are willing to admit.
The plot is quite simple, it's a save the from destruction movie, with your obligatory bad guy who finds his conscience at the last minute and saves the others by sacrificing his own life, the gruesome death of a likeable crew member (Rodney) and the exciting ride in the bowels of the earth by the survivors trying to make it to the surface in one piece!
Of course there are other baddies in that the Deep Core Machine they are using has been built and funded by the Chinese who want to use it as weapon at some point and the sleazy American bad Daryl guy played with gusto by the dead pan actor James Russo gets his just deserts at the end.
It is nothing spectacular but it is good fun to watch! The special effects aren't all that brilliant though they do have their moments, the finding of a huge diamond cavern is one of them, the lasers on the Deep Core machine another, and I thought the lava flow was pretty good too!
All in all this is quality cheese, and I really enjoyed it and I'm not ashamed to admit to it online!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meanwhile, back in the 60s. January 5, 2002
By Mike
This is just like an updated B movie from the sixties and I enjoyed it. It's real comic book stuff. The effects are not bad, the pace hardly flags and the cast seem to be enjoying themselves so it's easy viewing. I enjoyed this more than big budget films such as Evolution or Jurassic Park 3. But I think the absence of big names will put people off, not that it matters because the cast here do a fine job. And if big names don't matter to you then you could do a lot worse than watch this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A cheesy sci-f movie good for a Saturday afternoon September 26, 2009
3 of 5 stars for this cheesy sci-fi movie. The basic plot has been done and redone several times and this version isn't any better. The story has the world-ending if the crew of this "Earth-submarine" can't successfully dig into middle-Earth and trigger some nukes. Of course, there is some spy stuff and some double-crosses to make it interesting. A trivial romance is misplaced in this movie.

So, it is OK and worth the watch, but, it isn't the best sci-fi I've seen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy, But Worth Watching April 17, 2004
Deep Core is one of those Sci-Fi movies that you almost wish they didn't make. The premise is good, about half of the actors are good, there are even some interesting scenes of the ship that aren't half-bad. That's about all that can be said for the movie.
Deep Core is based on the same basic premise as 2003's The Core - Man has screwed up the earth and has to tunnel down into the earth to fix it. The Core is clearly the better of the two movies. Deep Core, on the other hand, has all of the same elements: a ship (The Core's is a lot better looking), a crew, a few nuclear warheads, a person that gets killed by lava, and a person that sacrifices themselves for the rest of the group. Once you get passed those basic similarities, Deep Core is but a pour precursor to the later film. It has three good actors: Wil Wheaton, Terry Farrell and Bruce McGill; the rest are generally overly dramatic.
There are a few special effects that don't look all that bad (such as the cutting scenes). All of the earth-quake-type scenes look rather fake and the ship looks poorly suited to the type of work that it was designed for. Overall, its not a bad film, but if you have a choice watch The Core, not Deep Core.
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