Movie Review - The Core (2003)
Beloved Bad Movies
This movie is in my DVD library. I bought it because I liked it. Now for the fun part. The critics hated it. Science geeks hated it. Experts hated it. SciFi fans panned it badly. But I like it and I’ll tell you why.
I’ve just watched The Core again for the umpteenth time. Its pure escapism. Never mind the scientific inaccuracies because I’m not a geologist. They’ve already had a field day ripping up this movie. They don’t need my help, besides I barely understand what they are talking about. And honestly, aren’t they just making the ‘best guess on available data’ theories?
For a casual viewer with no scientific background the movie works. It does have its own sense of logic. It is pure escapism and in these trying times, it works. The world is going to end because the military and scientific elitists thought that because they can do something that they should do it before some other idiot beats them to it.
Since I enjoy the ‘end of the world’ type of movies this was fun. The heroes have 3 months to save the world. Everything is rushed. Then they head off in an untested ship into unverified conditions. Everything that can go wrong does. They should have named the ship ‘Murphy’.
Design flaws abound with the ship. Critics loved to point that out. So to them I point out the ship was built from an unperfected design in three months. How long did it take them to design and test the Shuttle and they *still* run into design problems.
I liked the characters in this movie. Aaron Eckhart as the college professor/fish out of water Dr. Joshua Keyes was good. (AKA Harvey Dent from the latest Batman.) He is forced through a gamut of emotion and situations that his background didn’t prepare him for. His friend Serge (played by the always enjoyable Tcheky Karyo) who is like a father to him and supports him through these changes. When Serge dies Josh has an emotional meltdown. Rebecca forces him to face the reality of the situation they are in.
Rebecca has to face the same sort of thing. Commander Iverson’s advice to her was a foreshadowing of the coming situation. The person who is ready to lead is the person who knows when to lose and when to make the hard decisions and stick to them. You cannot lead if you don’t know failure. I liked Hilary Swank in the role as a career Air Force officer who in effect gets ‘blooded’ by the situation. She is forced into command and forced into making the life or death decisions. The ones you have to live with for the rest of your life.
In these economic times when it sometimes feels like the end of the world it’s sometime great to escape with a movie where there is an upbeat ending. The human race will survive. And so will I.