The Core

  • Directors: Jon Amiel
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Cooper Layne, John Rogers
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Delroy Lindo, Hilary Swank, DJ Qualls, Bruce Greenwood, Stanley Tucci

Several worldwide events, such as pigeons losing their ability to navigate in Trafalgar Square, and the computers on the Space Shuttle Endeavour sending it far off course and forcing the pilots to land in the Los Angeles River basin, cause leading geology experts Drs. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart), Serge Leveque (Tchéky Karyo), and Conrad Zimsky (Stanley Tucci) to surmise that that rotation of Earth’s molten core is slowing down, leading eventually to the collapse of the electromagnetic field which will expose the surface to the Sun’s lethal radiation. 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, snake-like vessel called the Virgil with the help of Ed “Braz” Brazzelton (Delroy Lindo), who has developed both a means of quickly boring through rock using an array of powerful lasers, and a material called “unobtainium” for its hull that can withstand the high pressures within the core. Keyes develops a means of using MRI-like technology to help visualize their way through solid rock. Keyes also enlists the help of a young computer hacker, Theodore Donald “Rat” Finch (DJ Qualls), to help with communications between the vessel and the surface, as well as to keep any word of the potential global disaster off the Internet for fear of causing a worldwide panic.

Keyes and Childs continue to use the power from the ship’s hull to return to the surface, but break through the crust under water, where the unobtainium is unable to provide sufficient energy to power the ship or their communications, and believe themselves lost. However, the vessel is found by Finch and the others by tracking whalesong from a nearby pod circling the vessel. After their recovery, Keyes asks Finch to release full information of Project DESTINI and of their mission to the Internet, which reveals the truth to all, and ensures that Iverson, Leveque, Brazzelton and Zimsky are not forgotten, but rather lauded as heroes.

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