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The Core (2003)

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:45 pm    Post subject: The Core (2003) Reply with quote




This is definitely NOT your grandfather's Journey to the Center of the Earth!

Say whatever you want about this movie, but you can't fault its concept for not having an impressive set of balls. Imagine screenwriters Cooper Layne and John Rogers, along with director Jon Amiel, pitching the concept to the producers.

"The core of the Earth is molten, see, and it has to rotate to create a magnetic field! If it stops, we all die because of the radiation from the sun! So, a team of scientists will invent a drilling machine to carry them into the molten core, and they'll use nukes to jump-start the rotation!"

I'm sure the money men in the corner offices were nodding their heads in solemn agree and thinking what a great idea this was. They liked it enough to pony up $85 million dollars. Unfortunately they only got back $74 million of it, so I'll bet they wished they'd called building security and had those three nut-cakes tossed out the building.

Still, the movie does a good job of presenting its ambitious tale, and the design of the drilling vehicle addresses major concerns, like how the machine creates a tunnel ahead of it while moving at high speeds, and how it survives the increasing pressure.

One of the solutions to these problems was to make the vehicle out of a new super-strong material called . . . unobtainium, a humorous name borrowed by James Cameron for the valuable mineral being mined on Pandora.

The FX are attractive, making good use of CGI, so no one can fault the film for not offering eye candy. And the crash landing of the space shuttle in middle of Los Angeles was pretty awesome!






But the movie critics had little respect for The Core, saying things like, "The brazen silliness of The Core is becalming and inauthentic, like taking a bath in nondairy coffee creamer. The Earth core's inability to turn is mirrored in the cast's inability to give the picture any spin."

One thing I learned from the Wikipedia article was the amazingly fact that some folks in Hollywood are bothered by bad science in sci-fi. The Wikipedia article includes this surprising info.

On March 30, 2009, it was reported that Dustin Hoffman was leading a campaign to get more real science into science-fiction movies. Hoffman is on the advisory board of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, an initiative of the United States National Academy of Sciences, intended to foster collaborations between scientists and entertainment industry professionals in order to minimize inaccurate representations of science and technology such as those found in The Core.

In a poll of hundreds of scientists about bad science fiction films, The Core was voted the worst.


Way to go, Dustin! Maybe there's hope for Hollywood yet.
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______________________ The Core - trailer


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a feeling that any science consultant on a movie gets a strong urge before it wraps to throw his hands up in the air and walk off the set.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And/or bash their heads against a wall.

Or maybe swipe the camera and throw it into the ocean. Rolling Eyes

On behalf of science nerds everywhere, thank you Mr. Hoffman. And good luck.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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IMDB has 25 trivia items for this movie. Here’s a few of the ones I found the most interesting, in the blue text. Very Happy
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~ In the film, it is stated that the deepest hole ever dug was 7 miles deep. This is an actual fact: the shaft in question is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, a Russian project.

Note from me: I've heard about this. I don't remember what the reason for the project was.

~ One of the scientific experts consulted for the making of the movie was Dr. David Stevenson of Cal-Tech. 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 prestigious science journal Nature on 15 May 2003.

Note from me: Hmmm. Apparently some of the science in the film is legitimate. Very Happy

~ At the University of British Columbia, Canada, an Earth and Ocean Science course (EOSC 310) uses this film as a learning tool by showing the film to students and then analyzing the bad science behind it. Ironically, at least one of UBC's professors was consulted during the shoots that were done in Vancouver.

Note from me: Hmmm. Apparently most of the science in the film is NOT legimate. Rolling Eyes

~ At the University of British Columbia, Canada, an Earth and Ocean Science course (EOSC 310) uses this film as a learning tool by showing the film to students and then analyzing the bad science behind it. Ironically, at least one of UBC's professors was consulted during the shoots that were done in Vancouver.

Note from me: Kudos for using a few practical effects instead just CGI.

~ This movie is a remake of a low budget movie called "Deep Core", starring Terry Farrell (Star Trek DS9) and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek TNG).

Note from me: I read the Wikipedia synopsis of Deep Core (2000), and there are quite a few similarities. Just for fun, here's the trailer.


__________________ Deep core trailer (2000)


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The next two items are related.

~ "Unobtainium" (sometimes spelled "Unobtanium") is a term used by science fiction fans (and some authors) for an extremely rare, not yet discovered, or physically impossible substance necessary for a given task.

~ In the 1950s\60s, during the design\construction of the SR-71 Blackbird, titanium was referred to as unobtainium by the engineers working on the project. The Soviet Union controlled the supply of titanium, making it extremely difficult to obtain. The CIA set up dummy companies in other countries to purchase the titanium needed.

Note from me: Very interesting indeed! I looked up titanium on Wikipedia and learned that in industrial uses it is alloyed with iron, aluminum, vanadium, and molybdenum, along with other elements to increases its strength.

However, even in its unalloyed condition, titanium is as strong as some steels, but less dense.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
~ In the film, it is stated that the deepest hole ever dug was 7 miles deep. This is an actual fact: the shaft in question is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, a Russian project.

Note from me: I've heard about this. I don't remember what the reason for the project was.


Wikipedia™ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kola_Superdeep_Borehole
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks, Eadie! That was a very interesting article! (In other words, it wasn't a bit "boring". Laughing)

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