Monday, October 31, 2016

The Core (2003) - 4 stars out of 10

The Core (2003) - 4 stars out of 10

“The Core” is an average science fiction movie.  Emphasis on the fiction.  I really enjoyed the concept and feel that it is strongly acted, but these positive attributes are offset by the far-fetched moments that create a constant challenge to maintain our suspension of disbelief.  Following the film’s release, many scientists weighed in on the complete lack of scientific accuracy from start to finish.  While the film brings about feelings of nostalgia toward sci-fi films of old, it completely goes against the movement to bring more real science into science fiction movie.  It is laughable when comparing “The Core” to films like “Interstellar” and “Primer.”  Even with its inaccuracies, this concept probably would have fared better in an era of more advanced CGI.  Every exterior shot of the Virgil tunneling through the earth looks cartoonish, and the lava is even worse!  The effects create disconnect with the realism of the drama inside of the ship.  Unfortunately, most people miss out on the interesting social themes of the film because they are watching for the action sequences.  It makes sense that quality actors like Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, Stanley Tucci, Delroy Lindo signed on to bring this script to life.  They did their part but the effects added in postproduction did not.  In the name of science fact, most critics were quick to condemn any person who enjoyed this film; however, I will pass no judgment on any person who enjoys “The Core” for its acting and feelings of nostalgia.  Just don’t try to convince anybody that this could actually happen.

[Pictured: So many good actors inside of the ship, so many bad special effects outside of the ship, and so many scientific inaccuracies jading the entire film]

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