The Core is a sci-fi disaster film based on the novel Core by Paul Preuss. After a geophysicist, Josh Keyes, discovers that the Earth's inner core has stopped rotating an elite team of scientists has one last chance to save the world - by travelling into the centre of the Earth and setting off a series of nuclear explosions in order to restart the rotation of the core.
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Director: Jon Amiel
Producer: Cooper Layne, David B. Householter, David Foster, Sean Bailey
Writer: Cooper Layne, John Rogers
Music: Christopher Young
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Release date: 28 March 2003
Time: 135 min.
Aaron Eckhart as Dr Josh Keyes, Hilary Swank as Major Rebecca Childs, Delroy Lindo as Dr Ed Brazzleton, Stanley Tucci as Dr Conrad Zimsky and others...
After the crash of the shuttle Columbia, trailers for the film were recalled to remove a brief scene of a space shuttle making an emergency landing, but the producers stated that the sequence wouldn't be removed from the actual film.
'Unobtainium' is a term used by science fiction fans for an extremely rare, not yet discovered, or physically impossible substance necessary for a given task.
One of the scientific experts consulted for the making of the film was Dr David Stevenson of Caltech. After talking to the producers, he thought of a scientifically possible way to send an unmanned probe to the core. His idea was published in the journal Nature on 15 May 2003.
DESTINI stands for Deep Earth Seismic Trigger INItiative.
The Trafalgar Square scene took 6 months to complete as the vast majority of the birds were computer generated.
In the film, it is stated that the deepest hole ever dug was 7 miles deep. This is true. It was the Kola Superdeep Borehole, a Russian project.
In demonstrating the physics of what is happening, Dr Josh Keyes uses a peach to make his point. Unfortunately none of the peaches brought to the set were suitable so an apple was painted and had a peachstone inserted into its middle.