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The Core

4.5 4
Director: Jon Amiel

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo


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An innovative take on the age-old tradition of disaster films, director Jon Amiel's The Core arrives on DVD in fine form courtesy of the folks at Paramount. Presented in 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, the image truly brings to life the crew's perilous journey to the center of the Earth. From shimmering, underground crystals to an imaginative, effects-driven


An innovative take on the age-old tradition of disaster films, director Jon Amiel's The Core arrives on DVD in fine form courtesy of the folks at Paramount. Presented in 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, the image truly brings to life the crew's perilous journey to the center of the Earth. From shimmering, underground crystals to an imaginative, effects-driven interpretation of the inner workings of our planet, the clear and vivid colors, as well as solid blacks and accurate skin tones, make for a near flawless visual presentation. Sound is also a key factor in the success of a film such as The Core, and it's obvious that great care was given to presenting this aspect of the film as well as possible. The English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix lends impressive directional effects that will not only have viewers ducking from the crazed birds of Trafalgar Square, but shaking in their seats as the monstrous experimental craft winds its way ever deeper into the ground. Extra features on this disc are also well presented, and special effects fanatics will no doubt find themselves drawn to the commentary track and two insightful featurettes. Though director Jon Amiel states early on that he will explain as much technical detail as he can, aside from some minor special effects and storyboarding information, the description of how an apple was turned into a peach is about as insightful as the track gets. Nevertheless, Amiel's enthusiasm shines through and he does have some interesting comments, including a hint on where to watch for a remarkably misplaced fish during the Trafalgar Square sequence. A featurette entitled "Deconstruction of the Visual Effects" goes from storyboarding to final product and discusses the building of the film's impressive CGI effects. Equally informative is "To the Core and Back -- The Making of The Core," in which the director and screenwriters talk about the science of the film and their efforts to make it as character driven as it is CGI driven, and the actors discuss the difficulty in reacting to a blue screen, among other issues. Throughout the commentary track, director Amiel consistently implores viewers to take a look at the deleted scenes, and the ten deleted scenes included on this disc continue his commentary in addition to offering detailed glimpses into much characterization that was left on the cutting room floor.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Despite its impressive cast and state-of-the-art special effects, The Core is at heart a cheesy sci-fi thriller of the type produced in the '50s and '60s by George Pal -- but that's not a criticism, it's a recommendation. The screenplay of Jon Amiel's sturdily mounted film flagrantly disregards the laws of physics and fairly abounds in stock characters, familiar situations, and cornball dialogue. In this case, the corny lines are read by superb actors who give them the necessary gravitas to make them convincing...convincing enough for the duration of the movie, anyway. Aaron Eckhart portrays scientist Josh Keyes, who analyzes seemingly unnatural phenomena and discovers that the earth's core has stopped spinning, causing a disruption in the planet's electromagnetic shield that renders it vulnerable to solar microwaves. Stuffy, egotistical physicist Conrad Zimsky (Stanley Tucci), initially skeptical of Josh's findings, eventually concurs and helps convince the government to launch a top-secret project calculated to restart the stalled core with nuclear detonations. A cast-against-type Delroy Lindo is very effective as an eccentric scientist who builds a massive burrowing device equipped with laser guns powerful enough to bore through solid rock. No less daringly cast is Hilary Swank, all business as a space-shuttle pilot recruited to help operate the metal mole; her risk-averse commander is the always reliable Bruce Greenwood. Director Amiel must have known that he was working with hackneyed elements, but you can't guess that from the film, which takes itself seriously enough to obscure its scientific implausibility. The story unfolds at a breezy pace, gliding smoothly from one predictable situation to the next without pauses that might disrupt the suspension of disbelief. A thoroughly enjoyable "popcorn movie," The Core delivers everything sci-fi fans require and does so with considerable aplomb.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A by-the-numbers, save-the-world disaster flick that somehow manages to entertain despite its bloated running time and painfully familiar formula, the The Core's success or failure rests squarely on the viewer's tolerance for hokey cinema-science and ability to laugh at characters that are so uninspired that they border on parody. If the involvement of a remarkably talented cast including Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, and Aaron Eckhart makes the aforementioned complaint seem somewhat hasty, it may be that precise factor that makes their interpretations so enjoyable. Viewers with an affinity for high-stakes, check-your-brain-at-the-door disaster films will likely be able to mouth the characters' dialogue on first viewing. Though we've seen the cowardly and obnoxious crew member who ultimately redeems himself a million times before, it's the sheer shrillness of Tucci's performance that separates this film from the pack. Likewise, Eckhart's brainy scientist, Swank's fledgling and slightly overconfident pilot, and DJ Qualls's computer whiz all possess the sort of self-aware vibe that, while narrowly avoiding the slippery slope into parody territory, prevents the action from becoming self-important and overly serious. Of course, the concept of entire cities being obliterated is an especially tender spot in post-9/11 America (as evidenced by the removal of an early inner-city shuttle crash landing from the film's trailer), but taken in the outlandish context of The Core, the sting is dulled to a vague itch that is quickly overcome by the downright laughable events that follow.
Washington Post
A two-hour pleasure cruise. Michael O'Sullivan
Boston Globe
The Core is such a feat of go-for-broke heroism and you-gotta-be -kiddin'-me ridiculousness that it almost qualifies as a feel-good diversion -- with just a quarter of the runaway jingoism of your average disaster extravaganza. Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
The Core works because the characters are idiosyncratic enough to seem authentic but not so zany that they seem contrived. Mick LaSalle

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[Full Frame]
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Jon Amiel; "To the Core and Back - The Making of The Core"; "Deconstruction of the Visual Effects"; Ten deleted/extended scenes with director commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aaron Eckhart Dr. Josh Keyes
Hilary Swank Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs
Delroy Lindo Dr. Ed "Braz" Brazzelton
Stanley Tucci Dr. Conrad Zimsky
D.J. Qualls Rat
Richard Jenkins General Purcell
Tchéky Karyo Dr. Serge Levesque
Bruce Greenwood Commander Richard Iverson
Alfre Woodard NASA Chief Talma Stickley
Christopher Shyer Dave Perry
Ray Galletti Paul
Eileen Pedde Lynne
Rekha Sharma Danni
Tom Schilte Acker
Glenn Morshower FBI Agent
Anthony Harrison FBI Agent
Bart Anderson Dad
Nicole Leroux Mom
Justin Callan Little Boy
Chris Humphreys GBTV Reporter, Trafalgar Square
Dion Johnstone Flight Engineer Timmins
Fred Ewanuick Endeavor Flight Engineer
Hrothgar Matthews Chief Engineer, Mission Control
Shawn Green Himself
Hong Ming-Tzong Scientist
Jennifer Spence Zimsky's Assistant
Michael St. John Smith Pentagon General
John Shaw FBI Agent, Rat's Apartment
Nickolas Baric Security Policeman, Tribunal
Fred Keating Court Martial Presiding Officer
Rosa DiBrigida Rome Café Patron
Roberto Roberto Rome Café Patron
Ermanno De Biagi Rome Café Patron
Marcello Laurentis Rome Café Patron
Gregg Bennett Technician, Virgil Base
Matt Winston Luke Barry
Claire Riley News Anchor
Marke Driesschen News Anchor
Laurie Murdoch Project Destiny Engineer
Costa Spanos Project Destiny Engineer
Monique Martel Paris Café Lady
Lenie Scoffie Paris Café Lady
Nathaniel de Veaux U.S.S. Constellation Captain
Robert Mantiopyes U.S.S. Constellation Screen Ops
Conrad Foster Conductor
Dr.Jonathan Mound Conductor
Richard Terrille Conductor

Technical Credits
Jon Amiel Director
Gilles Aird Art Director
Andrean Lenyon & Assoc. Casting
Timothy E. Angulo Cinematographer
Deborah Aquila Casting
Sean Bailey Producer,Screenwriter
Don Baker Cinematographer
Eric Bernt Screenwriter
James Bitonti Asst. Director
Ron Blecker Consultant/advisor
Julian Brain Asst. Director
Jim Brebner Asst. Director
Darren Brisker Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Brouse Casting
Silver Butler Asst. Director
Lynne Carrow Casting
Nadine Petit Clerc Set Decoration/Design
Henry Cline Camera Operator
Harry Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Daniele Colajacomo Special Effects
David Foster Producer
Tony Dawe Sound Mixer
Buck Deachman Asst. Director
Elektrashock Special Effects
Garry J. Elmendorf Special Effects Supervisor
Kevin Fair Asst. Director
Fabio Felici Sound Mixer
Gary Myers Art Director
Dave Hardberger Cinematographer
Barbara Harris Casting
Philip Harrison Production Designer
David B. Householter Co-producer
Bob Hurrie Producer
Garrison Jackemuk Special Effects
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Kathy Keizer Asst. Director
Colin Michael Kitchens Asst. Director
Cooper Layne Producer,Screenwriter
Dan Lester Costumes/Costume Designer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Franklin Londin Special Effects
Lin MacDonald Set Decoration/Design
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
Kryssta Mills Asst. Director
Jeff Mosuk Asst. Director
Fred Mugford Special Effects
Jennifer Munoz Casting
Thomas Scott Nelson Special Effects
Stefano M. Ortolani Art Director
Chiara Perin Special Effects
Miles A. Perman Asst. Director
Roberta Petrini Makeup
Simon Poudrette Sound Mixer
Terry Rawlings Editor
Andrew M. Robinson Asst. Director
Andrew Robinson Asst. Director
Chris Roda Special Effects
Ha Roda Special Effects
John Rogers Screenwriter
John Rogers Screenwriter
Shaila Rubin Casting
Michael O. Sajbel Cinematographer
David Sanger Producer
Sacha Sarchielli Special Effects
Jesse Silver Art Director
3D Site Special Effects
Alessio Spinelli Asst. Director
Luigi Spoletini Asst. Director
Sandi Tanaka Art Director
Tim Walston Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Ward Asst. Director
Christopher L. Warren Cinematographer
Tricia Wood Casting
Christopher Young Score Composer
Michele Ziegler Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Unexplained Deaths [7:11]
2. Frenzied Birds [3:55]
3. Endeavour Landing [:27]
4. Government Secrets [6:38]
5. Unobtainium [9:41]
6. Help From the Rat [4:56]
7. The Crew [3:04]
8. Preparing for the Mission [:16]
9. Superstorm [3:57]
10. Virgil Is Launched [3:23]
11. Giant Gem Bubble [3:50]
12. Serge [2:41]
13. Project Destiny [1:47]
14. EM Tear [9:23]
15. Plan D [7:48]
16. Worth Dying For [2:41]
17. Stones in the Pond [3:56]
18. Healing the Earth [6:38]
19. Saved by Whales [1:17]
20. Unsung Heroes [5:44]


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The Core 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great. The special effects were awesome, espescially the superstorm in Rome. I loved the way they made the bombs explode to save the Earth. So cool!
Mlovejoy310 More than 1 year ago
To me this is a fantastic movie to teach children or other people about the Earth and its fundemental parts.(Crust, Mantel, Inner and Outter core.) But one the flip side the porriblity of this happening? Or how realistic is this? Well its not!!! The odds of this happening tomorrow or any day in the futuer is so slim, that your better off seeing an end to world hunger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Core is an intense movie. It is sad, suspensive and scary in a way. The way they try to get to the core is scary. People die but they completed their mission: They saved the world!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago