I saw Nemesis today, which was pretty good. But that’s not what this thread is about. While there, I saw a preview for a movie called The Core. I think that’s what it was called, anyway.
Here’s the plot, as far as I could piece together (the quotes are actual lines from the trailer, as far as I can remember them): The eeeeeeeevil military create a secret project that allows them to create and aim earthquakes as The Ultimate Weapon[sup]TM[/sup]. Something, naturally, goes wrong, and the earth’s core stops spinning.
As a result, somehow, the earth is ravaged by “super electronic storms” and “baked by microwave radiation.” In order to save the planet, some Crackpot Scientist[sup]TM[/sup] develops a vessel that can go to the center of the earth, so as to “jumpstart the earth’s core with 10,000 megatons of nuclear weapons”.
The crew is straight off the Movie Cliche Dartboard. You have the spunky techno-savvy whiz kid who is supposed to “hack the earth’s core,” whatever that means. You have the beautiful-tough-and-capable female pilot. You have the male hero type. You have the French dude who’s going along “not to save the world, but to save his family”.
All in all, this has the potential to make Armageddon look like a peer-reviewed NASA-produced film documentary on the everyday hazards of space travel.
I think I’ll stay home.