The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again.
2.35 : 1
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi life/death situations and brief strong language.
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Earth, Core, Scientist, Disaster, Major
DTS, Dolby Digital
Sci-Fi Disaster Film, Sci-Fi Action
End of the World, Race Against Time, Heroic Mission
Tense, Rousing, Stirring
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The Core is a 2003 American disaster film loosely based on the novel Core by Paul Preuss. It concerns a team that has to drill to the center of the Earth and set off a series of nuclear explosions in order to restart the rotation of Earth's core. The film was directed by Jon Amiel, and starred Aaron Eckhart, Delroy Lindo, Tchéky Karyo, Hilary Swank, DJ Qualls, Bruce Greenwood, and Stanley Tucci.
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After a series of disturbances caused by instability in the Earth's electromagnetic field, leading geology expert Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) and fellow scientists Serge Leveque (Tchéky Karyo) and Conrad Zimsky (Stanley Tucci) learn that the Earth's molten core has ceased its rotation. Within a year, the Earth's electromagnetic field will collapse, irradiating the planet. The three develop a top-secret plan with the United States government to bore into the Earth's core and plant a series of nuclear charges at precise points to restart the core's motion and restore the field. They design a multi-compartment vessel called the Virgil with the help of Ed "Braz" Brazzelton (Delroy Lindo), who has developed both a laser capable of quickly boring through rock and a material known as "unobtainium" suitable for the vessel's hull. Keyes also enlists the help of a young computer hacker, Theodore Donald "Rat" Finch (DJ Qualls), to keep any word of the potential global disaster off the Internet for fear of causing a worldwide panic.
The vessel is piloted by the space shuttle Endeavour's Commander Robert Iverson (Bruce Greenwood) and Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs (Hilary Swank). When the team accidentally drills through a geode-like structure, it drops a considerable distance to the bottom. When molten lava begins pouring into the hollow from the hole they created, Iverson has to exit the craft to restart the ship's laser before the lava reaches the ship and makes repairs impossible. After completing the neccessary repairs, Iverson is killed when a falling crystal shard hits the top of his helmet and pierces his skull. As Virgil continues its travels, it clips the edge of a huge diamond, breaching the hull of the last compartment. Serge sacrifices himself to save the nuclear launch codes before the compartment is jettisoned and crushed. Virgil eventually reaches the molten core. The new data they gather there reveals a serious flaw in their plan. The outer layer of the core is less dense than anticipated, and the planned explosion cannot generate the power necessary. After some quick calculations, they decide that by splitting their nuclear weapons into the remaining compartments and jettisoning each at specific distances, they can create a "ripple effect", where the power of each bomb will combine with the power of the next, generating the needed energy wave. However, because Virgil was not designed to jettison undamaged compartments, the plan requires someone to deactivate a safety switch in Virgil that is located in an area exposed to the extreme temperatures of the core. Brazzelton volunteers and successfully deactivates the switch, dying shortly afterwards.
Meanwhile on the surface, the public becomes aware of problems after lightning super storms appear in cities all over the world. Finch is unable to stop worldwide panic but instead learns of the top-secret project "DESTINI" (Deep Earth Seismic Trigger INItiative), which is to be deployed if the Virgil fails. Finch relays his information to Keyes, who discovers that Zimsky was one of DESTINI's lead scientists. DESTINI, according to Zimsky, was designed as a weapon to propagate earthquakes through the Earth's core, but it unintentionally stopped the core's rotation instead. Zimsky reveals the government will use it again in an effort to restart the core. Keyes is convinced using it again would have disastrous results, so he has Finch stall DESTINI while hastening efforts to complete the detonations. Keyes and Zimsky realize they have miscalculated the yield necessary, but Zimsky becomes trapped in a compartment. As the comp
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