The Core

Release Date 2003
Hilary Swank as Maj. Rebecca Childs
Directed by Jon Amiel
Written by Cooper Layne, John Rogers
Cast Christopher Shyer, Ray Galletti, Eileen Pedde
Genre Drama, Sci Fi, Action
MPAA Rating PG-13 for sci-fi life/death situations and brief strong language.
Available at Region 1, Region 2, NTSC, PAL

For reasons unknown, the earth’s inner core has stopped rotating, using the planet’s electromagnetic field to rapidly deteriorate. Instantly, life around the globe begins to change dramatically. In Boston, 32 people with pacemakers, all within a 10-block radius, suddenly drop dead. In San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge collapses, sending hundreds of people plunging to their deaths. In London’s Trafalgar Square, flocks of pigeons lose their ability to navigate, flying into panicked crowds, slamming into windshields and causing drivers to lose control of their cars.

And in Rome, as thousands of tourists watch helplessly, an electrical superstorm reduces the ancient Roman Colosseum to rubble. Scrambling to resolve the crisis, government and military officials call upon geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes and a team of the world’s most gifted scientists to travel into the earth’s core in a subterranean craft piloted by “terranauts” Major Rebecca “Beck” Childs and Commander Robert Iverson. Their mission: Detonate a nuclear device that will reactivate the core and save the world from sure destruction.

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Trivia & Facts
• At almost exactly 9 minutes into the film, near the end of the “birds” scene, a trout is seen smashing into a window instead of a pigeon. This was a joke left in by the team that did the CG pigeons.
• At the beginning of the movie when the birds are shattering windows on Trafalgar Square in London, scared tourists are waiting in front of the “Theatre du Maurier”… which is in Toronto. This is a reference to Daphne du Maurier who wrote the story “The Birds“.
• At the University of British Columbia, Canada, an Earth and Ocean Science course (EOSC 310) uses this film as a learning tool by showing the film to students and then analyzing the bad science behind it. Ironically, at least one of UBC’s professors was consulted during the shoots that were done in Vancouver.
Hilary Says
• “I think The Core will surprise people because it’s so smart. I think that has a lot to do with the cast. It’s not the kind of cast you expect from this kind of movie. It works on a lot of different levels. I’m not a huge science fiction fan, so for me to be a part of this means there is something deeper about it.”
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