THE CORE

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Release Date: March 28, 2003

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank,
Delroy Lindo, Stanley Tucci,
D. J. Qualls, Richard Jenkins,
Tchéky Karyo, Bruce
Greenwood, and Alfre Woodard

Genre: Science Fiction

Audience: Older children to
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder THE CORE is the first
fun-friendly popcorn movie of
2003. Like all good popcorn
movies, it has lots of
excitement, lots of humor and
lots of just plain fun. The
movie opens with 32 people
with pacemakers suddenly
dropping dead within a mile
radius in Boston. Government
and military officials call
upon geophysicist Josh Keyes
and his friend, atomic
scientist Serge Leveque, to
tell them what happened. Josh
suspects some kind of natural
electromagnetic pulse, not a
weapon, and tells them so.
Thank you very much; that's
all we wanted to know, a
general tells them. Perplexed,
Josh goes back to work at the
University of Illinois. When a
group of birds in Rome,
however, lose their sense of
direction, crashing into
windows, buildings and
statues, Josh suspects
something has gone wrong with
the earth's electromagnetic
field. Working with his team
of graduate students, Josh
discovers that the earth's
molten core has stopped
rotating. As a result, the
planet's electromagnetic
field, which shields the earth
from deadly solar radiation
and static discharge, will
collapse, creating devastating
"super-storms" and
planet-destroying microwave
radiation. Terrified by his
findings, Josh seeks out the
opinion of renowned
geophysicist Conrad Zimsky, an
arrogant scientist who comes
to the same conclusion.
Together, they tell government
officials that the only way to
reactivate the core is to
travel to it. Josh believes
this is impossible, but Dr.
Zimsky knows a man who just
might be able to do it. Josh,
Zimsky and Josh's friend Serge
approach scientist Ed
Brazzleton, who has developed
an untested subterranean craft
that can bore into the earth's
crust and explode the
necessary atomic weapons to
start the core spinning again.
Now it is up to Josh, Zimsky,
Serge, Brazzleton, and
astronauts Major Rebecca
Childs and Commander Robert
Iverson to travel into the
earth's core using a souped-up
version of Brazzleton's
vehicle. THE CORE uses lots of
humor to set up its fantastic
story, which is full of
eye-popping special effects.
One spectacular early sequence
has Commander Iverson and
Major Childs having to pilot a
space shuttle into a major
city when the electromagnetic
disturbances begin to hit the
earth's atmosphere. Happily,
the humor and excitement
doesn't stop there! All the
actors do a fine job of
delineating the differences
among their characters, which
causes a fair amount of fun
friction between them. Stanley
Tucci, as the pompous Dr.
Zimsky is particularly funny,
but Aaron Eckhart as the
heroic leader Dr. Keyes gets
in some funny lines of his
own. Credit for all this must
go to the excellent script by
Cooper Layne and John Rogers,
as well as the
edge-of-your-seat direction by
Jon Amiel, who hasn't been
entirely successful to date.
Of course, the movie's superb
special effects and editing by
Terry Rawlings (ALIEN, BLADE
RUNNER and CHARIOTS OF FIRE)
are an added bonus. THE CORE
does, however, contain plenty
of light foul language and a
couple strong profanities.
There is also one scene with a
crucially placed "f" word,
which sometimes happens in a
movie rated PG-13 by the
Motion Picture Association of
America. Aside from the foul
language problem, THE CORE has
no sex scenes, no gory scenes,
and the violence is light,
mostly nature versus man
rather than man versus
man. Best of all, THE CORE
provides moviegoers with an
exciting tale of human
heroism. The movie's strong
moral worldview also includes
at least three positive
references to God, including
one scene where an army
officer wishes Major Childs,
"God speed." All in all,
therefore, MOVIEGUIDE®
recommends THE CORE, but with
a caution because of its foul
language, especially for
children age 12 to 14 and
under. There is also some
light environmentalist content
in the movie, as when one
character makes a comment
about how starting the core
spinning again helps the
planet heal itself. Please
address your comments
to: Sherry Lansing,
Chairman Motion Picture
Group Paramount Pictures A
Paramount Communications
Company 5555 Melrose
Avenue Los Angeles, CA
90038-3197 Phone: (323)
956-5000 Website:
www.paramount.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 135 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Director: Jon Amiel

Executive Producer:

Producer: David Foster, Cooper Layne and
Sean Bailey

Writer: Cooper Layne and John Rogers

Address Comments To:

Content:

(BB, E, LLL, V, N, M) Strong moral worldview, including about three positive references to God, but with some environmentalist elements, including a comment about the planet "healing itself"; 13 mostly light obscenities, one "f" word and 11 exclamatory profanities, some of them borderline; some action violence includes vehicle crashes, vehicles tumble off melting bridge, fierce lighting storms destroy buildings, birds fly into windows and other things, ship hits objects, man falls into molten lava, atomic bombs exploded to start earth's core spinning again, man punches hysterical man to knock him out, objects fall on men, one man starts to get squeezed by collapsing capsule, and little boy scared; no sex scenes but one brief kiss; upper male nudity as man's recovering from being unconscious; no alcohol or smoking; and, miscellaneous problems such as computer hacking and one person says, "Good luck" but adds "and God speed."

GENRE: Science Fiction

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Summary:

THE CORE is a fun popcorn movie, laced with some spectacular special effects and humor with moral elements, but containing some foul language. In the story, the U.S. government calls upon geophysicist Josh Keyes, a team of gifted scientists and two brave astronauts to travel into the earth's core to save the world from destruction.

Review:

THE CORE is the first fun-friendly popcorn movie of 2003. Like all good popcorn movies, it has lots of excitement, lots of humor and lots of just plain fun.

The movie opens with 32 people with pacemakers suddenly dropping dead within a mile radius in Boston. Government and military officials call upon geophysicist Josh Keyes and his friend, atomic scientist Serge Leveque, to tell them what happened. Josh suspects some kind of natural electromagnetic pulse, not a weapon, and tells them so. Thank you very much; that's all we wanted to know, a general tells them.

Perplexed, Josh goes back to work at the University of Illinois. When a group of birds in Rome, however, lose their sense of direction, crashing into windows, buildings and statues, Josh suspects something has gone wrong with the earth's electromagnetic field. Working with his team of graduate students, Josh discovers that the earth's molten core has stopped rotating. As a result, the planet's electromagnetic field, which shields the earth from deadly solar radiation and static discharge, will collapse, creating devastating "super-storms" and planet-destroying microwave radiation.

Terrified by his findings, Josh seeks out the opinion of renowned geophysicist Conrad Zimsky, an arrogant scientist who comes to the same conclusion. Together, they tell government officials that the only way to reactivate the core is to travel to it. Josh believes this is impossible, but Dr. Zimsky knows a man who just might be able to do it.

Josh, Zimsky and Josh's friend Serge approach scientist Ed Brazzleton, who has developed an untested subterranean craft that can bore into the earth's crust and explode the necessary atomic weapons to start the core spinning again. Now it is up to Josh, Zimsky, Serge, Brazzleton, and astronauts Major Rebecca Childs and Commander Robert Iverson to travel into the earth's core using a souped-up version of Brazzleton's vehicle.

THE CORE uses lots of humor to set up its fantastic story, which is full of eye-popping special effects. One spectacular early sequence has Commander Iverson and Major Childs having to pilot a space shuttle into a major city when the electromagnetic disturbances begin to hit the earth's atmosphere. Happily, the humor and excitement doesn't stop there!

All the actors do a fine job of delineating the differences among their characters, which causes a fair amount of fun friction between them. Stanley Tucci, as the pompous Dr. Zimsky is particularly funny, but Aaron Eckhart as the heroic leader Dr. Keyes gets in some funny lines of his own.

Credit for all this must go to the excellent script by Cooper Layne and John Rogers, as well as the edge-of-your-seat direction by Jon Amiel, who hasn't been entirely successful to date. Of course, the movie's superb special effects and editing by Terry Rawlings (ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER and CHARIOTS OF FIRE) are an added bonus.

THE CORE does, however, contain plenty of light foul language and a couple strong profanities. There is also one scene with a crucially placed "f" word, which sometimes happens in a movie rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Aside from the foul language problem, THE CORE has no sex scenes, no gory scenes, and the violence is light, mostly nature versus man rather than man versus man.

Best of all, THE CORE provides moviegoers with an exciting tale of human heroism. The movie's strong moral worldview also includes at least three positive references to God, including one scene where an army officer wishes Major Childs, "God speed."

All in all, therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends THE CORE, but with a caution because of its foul language, especially for children age 12 to 14 and under. There is also some light environmentalist content in the movie, as when one character makes a comment about how starting the core spinning again helps the planet heal itself.

Please address your comments to:

Sherry Lansing, Chairman

Motion Picture Group

Paramount Pictures

A Paramount Communications Company

5555 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197

Phone: (323) 956-5000

Website: www.paramount.com

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