Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Core

The Core Movie Review
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 42% (Critics) / 41% (Audience)
Directed By: Jon Amiel
Written By: Cooper Layne and John Rogers
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Tchéky Karyo, DJ Qualls and Delroy Lindo
Studio: Paramount Pictures

Synopsis: The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again. (Source)

The Good:
DJ Qualls was entertaining as the world’s greatest hacker. Who knew that in a movie starring an Academy Award winner and Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe nominees the skinny guy from ROAD TRIP would give the best performance?
And Stanley Tucci gave a very admirable Dr. Smith impression throughout the film.

The Bad:
This may be the dumbest movie ever made. And it seems like the top notch cast realized as much so they just decided to mail in their performances from start to finish. I was especially ashamed of Aaron Eckhart who always gives really good performance but in this film was an overacting mess.

The Ugly:
The special effects were laughably bad. I don’t know which was worse, the badly rendered gems and lava in the core or the spectacle of uber-powerful microwaves melting the Golden Gate Bridge like some giant kid with a magnifying glass was burning ants.
And they basically built a giant rocket propelled dildo and shot it into the Earth.

Final Verdict: A big dumb movie with a big dumb (hole filled) plot, bad special effects and lazy performances from a really strong group of actors made for a movie that should have been so bad that it was good but the brain trust behind THE CORE never took things to the fullest edges of campiness like they should have. As a result it is just bad. D


  1. jmount43 · May 22, 2012

    The tagline alone should have made people realize how dumb the movie was. “Earth has a deadline.” Or what? It gets turned over to a collection agency? I agree with you about Qualls. I loved him in The New Guy.


    • Derek · May 22, 2012

      This movie just reeked of eesperation to cash in on the big budget disaster movie craze that was going on at the time.


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