Review Date: March 30, 2003
Director: Jon Amiel
Writer: Cooper Layne, John Rogers
Producers: Cooper Layne, David Foster, Sean Bailey
The best thing about the film had to be its pace though. Talk about moving things along! Props go out to director Jon Amiel for establishing a solid flow from the panic of its early scenes right on into the actual mission sequences all of which held together nicely, featured a number of "how are they gonna get out of this one?" moments, as well as plenty of entertaining action. The film also included a number of expected, and unexpected, surprises. What I mean by that is that you obviously know that certain things are going to go wrong, but you never really know which shoe is going to drop (although I think we can all agree that the "French" crewmember never had a chance). More kudos go out to the filmmakers for not including some bogus romance on board or for making this-or-that-person an all-out "bad guy", which thankfully made it all a little more believable than I thought it might be. Plot-wise, I'm not going to get all "scientific" on anyone's ass and attempt to dissect the mission's "factual" claims, but I will say that I found it completely ridiculous that the film suggested that the U.S. government was essentially guarding this "end of the world" secret from all other governments and press, mostly through a geek who kept things under wrap on the Internet. Huh?? Doesn't anyone report in the print press, TV or radio anymore? Apparently not. But on the whole, the plot wasn't as gap-filled as I thought it might be (you also gotta love how everyone in the film would "dumb" their explanations down for the audience-"me stupid, no understand") and even the CGI, which looked pretty horrible in the trailer (i.e. Rome Coliseum), was okay, especially the underground stuff.
Unfortunately, the only actual memorable scenes that I could muster from this film were the space shuttle landing (which was also a little eerie) and the homage to "The Birds", which was kinda exciting. Other than that, the movie offers a quick pace, moments of suspense and a little something called "action", but nothing particularly special or groundbreaking. In other words, if you're going into this movie expecting to be blown away, I would suggest you lower your expectations, but if you're just looking for a decent "popcorn" flick, this might just be it. I would, however, be remiss if I didn't mention how odd it was to watch a "disaster" film as such under the circumstances of our real world at this point in time. Depending on how you deal with such things yourself, this movie might just make you feel even more F'd up about the whole thing, or you'll just enjoy the ride and consider this "mindless entertainment", which is most certainly what it was aiming to be in the first place. Either way, THE CORE sucks. Just kidding...it's actually "okay".