The Core.. reviewed by me!
First take the potential destruction of all life on earth.
Add an untested, mind numbingly risky method of preventing said destruction.
Throw in a extremely tight window of success.
A hefty bank balance worth of ground breaking special effects.
Assemble a rag-tag group of untrained misfits and rest the fate of all humanity on their shoulders.
Finally, whip your shoe horn out and wedge a love story in there somewhere and you’ve got the formula for your bog stock, flag waving, global disaster narrowly averted (US) summer blockbuster!
Before you take your seat in the cinema you’d be forgiven for assuming that the latest Paramount Pictures offering is just another movie to follow that formula. However when you see that names like Stanley Tucci (A Life Less Ordinary, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Road to Perdition) and Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Insomnia) are associated with ‘The Core’ you’d once again be forgiven for thinking that there’s something more to this movie….>>>
On the surface (pardon the pun) there’s not much more to ‘The Core’ than you’d expect from a movie of this type. It is just another global disaster film akin with the likes of Armageddon. It is just a movie with biblical scale action and a few witty one liners and it is just a movie that plans to take you away from reality for almost two hours. But it is a great example of that kind of movie.
When the Earth’s molten core stops spinning the effect on the Earths magnetic field has disastrous results for the planets inhabitants. The weather turns whacky, pacemakers and watches stop working, birds lose their ability to navigate, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!!! Well, you get the idea.
Director Jon Amiel waists no time with a prolonged introduction for this disaster. People are dead within the first 30 seconds of the film. What he does do is introduce the situation and primary characters very quickly. The benefit of this is that the movie jumps from the gate at full speed, the cost is a lack of time spent introducing the viewer to the characters.
Given the fast pace of the film the script (written by Cooper Layne and John Rogers) does an extremely good job of creating the necessarily emotional attachment to the films heros. But is it enough?
The movie moves along so quickly that it almost feels like the breaks a slammed on every time there needs to be some plot development or bonding dialogue. As soon as whatever needs to be said is said Christopher Young’s (Swordfish, The Gift) score kicks back in and the boys in the editing room start chopping away like a crack addict with ADD.
Aaron Eckhart (Erin Brockovich, Nurse Betty), D.J. Qualls (Road Trip, Comic Book Villains), Delroy Lindo (Get Shorty, Gone in 60 Seconds) and Bruce Greenwood (Double Jeopardy, Rules of Engagement) all put in solid performances which are, unfortunately, some what lost in the persistent pace of the film.
Sadly anyone who has ever used a computer will cringe at the hollywood style with which the movie deals with the hacker character, ‘RAT’ (Played by D.J. Qualls) and in particular the pretty displays that flash up on his monitor as he fights his way into one secure system after another!
This movie isn’t a thinker – if you’re after something that you can discuss until you’re blue in the face go and see Reloaded again. However if you are looking for a fast paced adventure film with some neat special effects and solid performances all around then you probably should think seriously about purchasing a ticket for “the Core”.