Just saw 'The Core'; I wanted to see it for myself; and I'd like to say what I thought about it.
....actually; I can't say what I thought about it; I'd get banned - this is a family site; after all.
OK - ignoring the fact that right from the beginning this was going to be one of those 'One, little Two, little Three little Indians,' plotlines where everyone's killed off one by one; it had some good points - the acting was tolerable; and the lead scientist guy was not too shabby at all - did some pretty decent acting when his French friend bit the dust.
Now; this has probably been done to death; tried to find the appropriate thread on the 'no donut' forum; but couldn't find anything that addressed my concerns directly; so I'm-a gonna reopen a few old wounds with a new topic.
OK - in addition to the Bad Science already discussed in the 'Movies' section of the site; let me ask a few quick questions:
1) The ship moves by vapourizing the rock in front of it. OK; I suppose I can live with that; but when the sucker's powering through the crust; it's vapourizing the rock in front of it (ok; I just said that...). Vapouriziation changes state; it doesn't destroy matter; so where did all the mass from the vapourized rock go?
2) Commander dude (Who with an attitude like that couldn't lead a little-league team...) kicks it when he gets a terminal case of mental meltdown courtesy of a blob of magma. (Side note: They say 'Lava' repeatedly - it's still belowground; it's magma. So there.) The suits they were wearing can stand up to 4500deg.; which was said just before the black dude got Chicken McNuggeted. I don't know the temperature of magma in the mantle; but it seems to me the blob would find a little harder time of it getting through the helmet than it did - apparently; it went straight in without stopping to cool or (more likely) splatter.
(Another side note: Anyone who works iron has at one time or another got yellow-hot melted iron on them; that's what protection is for. Seems to me a super-heat-resistant spacesuit would protect a bit better than double-weight leather gauntlets.)
(Yet another side note: the Commander was such a jerk; the scene would've been so much better if we'd got a little gratuitous screaming and thrashing but noooo.... plop, drop, dead. Where's the fun in that?) :roll:
3) Moron the suits. (get it?...sorry. #-o ) Oh boy - OK; one could concieveably build a suit that'd protect against 4500deg.; but what about the dude wearing it? One word....insulation. OK; the aforesaid black dude (who you knew was going to get it the second you met him) got roasty-toasted inside his suit; but come on - took way too long - with its slim profile, gloves! and obvious lack of insulation; hed've looked like a mesquite briquet the second that door opened. Looks to me like he passed out from heat; not flash-fried.
4) The core stopping. Just one thing: As I understood it; the core had already stopped. (deep breath...) OK; assume that to be the case. (another deep breath). Um...why was it going to take a minimum 3 months for the Earth's magnetic field to dissipate?
5) The core starting. They originally proposed blowing a nuke; starting the core. How in the heck are you going to create angular momentum (along a specific angle, mind) with one blast?
6) The core starting, Pt. 2: That plan didn't woik; so they decide on plan B: Detonate a buncha bombs so the blast waves start the core spinning; killing off the secondary characters in the process. (Don't have to pay them that way - plus the Good Looking Guy needs time and privacy to make it with the Good Looking Girl.) But: said plan would indeed cause waves; but waves are energy propagating through a fluid medium. The energy moves; not the fluid. Wouldn't have done a bloody thing - nothing helpful anyway.
7) Golden Gate Bridge: OK; it leans the wrong way after the (chuckle) microwaves nuke it; but see the guys in the cars? Cables melt; tires melt; concrete - I guess - melts; the bridge gets heat-cut in half. Everyone in the cars seem alright though - up until they do the big swan dive. A/C's really something, isn't it?
8 ) Back to the beginning: Alfred Hitchcock makes a brief reappearance at Nelson's Column while the birds go nuts. All that glass breaking - damn; those are some heavy pigeons!
Lots more I'm sure; I just got finished watching it. Better than Armageddon but...not much....
Least it didn't have Liv Tyler staring blankly off into space like a deer caught in headlights for half the bloody film.