THIS SCI-FI action film begins with a portentous overture over the Paramount mountain range, and then the camera plunges into inner Earth and slams into the movie's title logo.
"The Core" is frequently hilarious occasionally on purpose, but not often; it's monumentally dumb.
The premise is simple, if not simplistic: ``The core of the Earth has stopped spinning,'' says Keyes (Aaron Eckhart), a hunky geophysicist with the meticulously-tousled head of an alternative pop star.
A mission to go to the centre of the Earth and restart the core's spinning is quickly conceived.
``The objective is simple; the obstacles are gigantic,'' says Keyes, who has a habit of voicing ideas that have long since occurred to everyone in the theatre except the people onscreen.
Director Jon Amiel has made an old-fashioned disaster movie, a combination of "Fantastic Voyage" and "The Towering Inferno".
Apparently, he feels a whole generation of movie-goers has been denied a brand of sub-mediocrity once provided by movie producers like Irwin Allen.
The brazen silliness of "The Core" is calming and inauthentic, like taking a bath in non-dairy coffee creamer. With Stanley Tucci (as a scientist who seems to be wearing Millard Fillmore's hair), Delroy Lindo, D. J. Qualls, Alfre Woodard, Hilary Swank and Tcheky Karyo star in the film. New York Times
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