What on earth can one really say about The Core? That it is filled with enough junk science to make the average man’s head throb in pain? That it has some laughably predictable moments in a rather formulaic sci-fi plot? That it contains a brilliant performance ripe with overacting by Stanley Tucci in the role of a smarmy holier-than-though genius? That they mention Carnegie Mellon before MIT? Well, yeah. I guess that’s what I can really say about the film.
Is it a good movie? No. Not a good film. All About Eve was a good film. The Godfather was a good film. Heck, even Hot Shots! Part Deux was a good film. The Core was not a good film. It was, however, a popcorn film. A completely entertaining, check-your-brain-at-the-door piece of Hollywood fluff. And as overly predictable as it was, it was still fun to watch.
The visual effects were pretty well done. The storyline had more character interactions than expected. The chemistry between Aaron Eckhart and Hillary Swank felt forced, but was tolerable. As mentioned above, Tucci was brilliant. (Well, not brilliant like an actor should be, but I loved watching him on screen.) Tch