Joshua Rich
September 12, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Core

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
135 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/28/03
performer
Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Bruce Greenwood, Delroy Lindo, D.J. Qualls, Tcheky Karyo, Stanley Tucci, Alfre Woodard
director
Jon Amiel
Producers
Paramount Pictures
author
Sean Bailey, Cooper Layne, Mark Medoff, John Rogers
genre
ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C

Eckhart, Swank, Stanley Tucci, Delroy Lindo, Bruce Greenwood, and Tcheky Karyo are a mishmash of eggheads enlisted to go on an intermittently exciting voyage to save the world from the inside. (See, the earth’s core has stopped rotating and…oh, whatever.) Film professors need look no further for a prime example of fine actors stuck in a silly movie. Pity the students who’ll have to watch it. EXTRAS In the uneventful commentary track, director Jon Amiel spends more time hinting that he put a flying fish in the birds-go-nuts-in-Trafalgar-Square sequence than he does explaining his questionable choice to flatten Rome and San Francisco in a post-9/11 movie. As consolation, during a scene in which the space shuttle crash-lands, he offers an honorable tribute to the astronauts lost in the Columbia tragedy.

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