The Core

Theatrical Release: March 28, 2003
DVD Release: September 9, 2003
The Core


In this science fiction adventure, numerous unexplained electromagnetic phenomena begin to pique the interest of the political, military and scientific leaders of the world. Geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) begins to put the pieces together, discovering the horrible truth: The Earth’s core has stopped spinning, breaking down the protective electromagnetic field. The consequences are catastrophic, and earth’s inhabitants are given only months to live unless something can restart the core’s spinning. A team of scientists and astronauts, including Keyes, are assembled to command Virgil, a super-strong, worm-like tunneling vehicle equipped with several nuclear weapons.

Dove Review

When the earth’s core stops spinning, it messes up the electromagnetic field surrounding our planet, which protects all life from the otherwise deadly invisible microwaves of radiation that bombard us. Without the spinning core we will have no electromagnetic field, which will cause the complete destruction of the earth in a matter of months. That is, unless humans can do something to intervene, and re-start the core quick enough to save the planet from being totally fried.

Fans of sci-fi or disaster flicks will probably enjoy “The Core.” Movie-goers will most likely fall into one of two categories: those who can get caught up in the suspense of whether or not the team of scientists will be able to save the world in time, and those who find the plot totally absurd. I happen to fall into the latter category; but hey, to each their own.

There are many outstanding actors in this film, including Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, Stanley Tucci, Delroy Lindo, and Alfre Woodard. Unfortunately, the dialogue doesn’t give these talented people much to work with, and most of the jokes made me roll my eyes instead of laugh out loud.

If not for a few objectionable words, “The Core” probably could have been enjoyed (or not, depending on your tastes) by kids twelve and older. Unfortunately, the film’s dialogue is marred by the language listed below in the content description, and therefore is not awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for family viewing.

Content Description

Sex: Man and woman kiss briefly; two mild sexual references.
Language: F-1; S-1; J-3; D-3; G-5; OG/OMG-7; H-12; Cr*p-1
Violence: Man punches man; several crew members are killed when various aspects of the mission go wrong, but nothing overly graphic; a couple disaster-type scenes, such as a massive lighting storm and birds crashing through windows and into people; the Golden Gate Bridge collapses and cars are seen going into the water, with a reference made to thousands having been killed.
Drugs: Two of the main characters drink at a bar; a champagne toast; one character smokes cigarettes throughout the movie.
Nudity: Man without shirt.
Other: None


Company: Paramount
Writer: Cooper Layne and John Rogers
Director: Jon Amiel
Producer: Sean Bailey
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 135 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Samantha Vandersloot