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)
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.
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 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