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Instead of whisking viewers to a previously unseen environment that can't yet be explored outside of a movie theater, The Core proves that the computer-generated images can be just as dull as the people who inhabit the film.
The feeling that you've seen this all before when you sit down to watch "The Core" is not some intensely psychic deja vu. You have seen this before, if you've watched any of the potboiler sci-fi Jules Verne films like "Fantastic Voyage," "20,000 Leagues U
When we are living in a post-terrorism era (and in a current war situation), it's kind of nice to sit down and watch a movie in which everyone is worrying about something we in the audience really don't have to worry about.
The film is an enjoyable vestige of the B movies of yesterday, not just in storyline but in cheap-looking effects. But with an $85 million budget, one wonders why the filmmakers voluntarily chose to make it look cheap.
Despite the boisterous production values of this overwrought and unevenly irreverent disaster B movie, The Core never really shows us anything worth exploring under its nonsensical albeit volatile crusty surface.
Boosted by a fine cast that manages to sell Layne's purple script, the movie never really seems to stop. It just keeps going, just keeps drilling, just keeps moving, offering a wild ride in the process, one that's just absurd enough to enjoy.
I'd be willing to recommend the movie if not for the moments in which the screenwriters try and add some kind of depth to the story through its characters -- moments that are awkward even for this material.