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Crazy, crazy garbage
written by EMerkle June 25, 2007 - 2:44 PM PDT
It's as if someone wrote a brilliant satire of Armageddon, something hilarious and bitterly absurd, and halfway through its creation they decided to make it a serious film after all.

The end result is an entertaining and mystifying train wreck of a film. It is full of highly capable and respectable actors. It has several effects-drenched scenes that are literally spectacular. And it is so very flexible with the facts of nature and physics that if you're the sort of person that prefers films to be plausible, you will need sedatives.

Have you ever eaten that fake popcorn they make now that's just butter-flavored starch puffs? That's what this film is like. There's little good to be said about it... it's probably not very good for you... It might satisfy you momentarily, but in the long run it just leaves you plagued with questions about how such a thing came to exist. If it doesn't make you physically ill, that is.

Great beginning, less than okay as a whole
written by rmarkd March 17, 2006 - 11:53 AM PST
What got me really interested in this movie was the beginning. In the first scene (I think) a man going into a meeting just drops dead. Camera pans outside and you see other people have also just dropped dead. Flash to a later scene and birds have gone all crazy flying into windows, people, etc.

By then, I've invested a good 30 minutes into the movie and want to watch the whole darn thing. I got pretty much what I expected.

So, 6 lucky folks have to drill down to the core and set off some nukes to get the outer (liquid) core spinning so that we keep our magnetic field, and the aurora borealis stays in the borealis, and cosmic rays don't kill us. Of course, we've only drilled a few miles, so we have to introduce some new hidden technology (what a coincidence!) that can drill thousands of miles. And we also introduce a substance called "unobtanium" just to make the plot extra cheesy.

So, anyway, we drill, we drill, we drill. Some stuff happens, some people die (no surprise or spoiler). Special Effects are okay. You are kept somewhat interested in the plot.

Cast isn't anything special. Token black guy, token "is it love" subplot, token arrogant expert (a famous geophysicist in this case... famous geophysicist?). If you don't expect much, you get a little bit less than what you expect, but you don't feel like you've wasted 90 minutes. Except this movie is 130 minutes; it went a little longer than it shoulda. Oh and the DJ Qualls character just didn't "fit". He was badly used in this movie.

5/10: I saw this movie Sunday night while ironing. Having nothing else to do, it did it's job of filling the time. Definitely better sci-fi out there, and definitely worse sci-fi out there. Why SciFi channel chooses to air most of the latter is a mystery.

I call this movie The Boring
written by Synn December 31, 2004 - 3:37 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I imagine viewers at the opening night running out of the cinema to sneak into something halfway decent next door. At home with my remote control I burned out the battery speeding forward to the end of this. Tediously long speeches. Dreary scifi effects. Events strung together helter skelter. No wonder it disappeared fast. This just in! Its new title: Boring to the Core. It gets a 1 for one redeeming feat: having a female in the Core Borer driver's seat.

That aluded to scene
written by mrjazz October 8, 2003 - 4:34 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
For those who hear of the "flying fish" scene in Jon Amiels movie featurette comment - it is located at about the 9 minute mark, right after the bus crash scene. I know that this is pretty "by-the-book" action film, but this quick shot is pretty funny (just use the frame advance feature to see the mid-air fish!!


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