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Analysis Date: March 28, 2003
CAP Score: 54
CAP Influence Density: 0.84
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Core Prods. Inc.
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Jon Amiel
Producer(s): Sean Bailey, David Foster, David B. Householter, David B. Householter, Cooper Layne
Written by/Screenplay: Cooper Layne, John Rogers
Cinematography/Camera: John Lindley
Music: Christopher Young
Film Editing: Terry Rawlings
Casting: Deborah Aquila, Lynne Carrow, Mary Tricia Wood
Production Design: Philip Harrison
Art Direction: Andrew Neskoromny, Sandi Tanaka
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6, Granbury, Texas
The Earth's molten iron core has stopped spinning. The electromagnetic field set up by the Earth's rotating molten iron core has collapsed. Weird things begin to happen. The first of the weird things is thirty Boston residents inexplicably die. The common thread between them all is that they each wore a pacemaker.
Enters electromagnetic expert Dr..Joshua Keys (Aaron Eckhart). Bewildered but with a possible focus, Josh directs his team of Ph. D. wannabes to investigate any and all electromagnetic disturbances over the world. While this is going on, the pigeons in Trafalgar Square go nuts, slamming into everything, breaking windows, causing traffic disasters. The Colosseum in Rome also explodes. The guy cables of the Golden Gate Bridge in California melt and the bridge collapses. Electrical storms wreak havoc.
Even a space shuttle is led off the proper approach beacon by electromagnetic disturbances. the shuttle is now a projectile on its way to the heart of Los Angeles. But the shuttle pilot, Major Rebecca (Beck) Childs (Hilary Swank) manages to convince the flight commander, Col. Robert Iverson (Bruce Greenwood) to take her innovative suggestion on saving the Space Shuttle and Los Angeles from disaster. And it works. She lands the shuttle in the storm drain canals of Los Angeles.
Interesting is the application of the theory behind the movie to physics. Let's see if my year of college physics will serve. Heat, light, radio waves, non-particulate nuclear radiation (e.g., gamma radiation) are all forms of electromagnetic radiation. X-radiation, Cosmic radiation and electrical charges are also forms of electromagnetic radiation. So far, so good. And electrical charges flowing in a conductor set up an electromagnetic radiation field about the conductor. And a conductor of electricity, iron for example, moving in a magnetic field sets up an electrical flow in the conductor. But the mass of molten iron moving inside the Earth's magnetic field setting up an electromagnetic field about the core? Sounds feasible. Also sounding feasible is the core's electromagnetic field contributing to the total Earth's electromagnetism. Well done, writers.
Pacemakers are indeed adversely affected by electromagnetic radiation in the microwave band. Birds are expected to use electromagnetic fields for direction. And a long conductor of electricity can certainly heat up and melt if enough electricity flows through it. And electrical storms, being generated by friction between clouds and the Earth, can be, I suppose, aggravated by disruption of the Earth's electromagnetic field.
For whatever reason, it is clear that rotation of the Earth's molten iron core must be restarted. Magna-brains decide the only way to do that is to go down to the core and set off a nuclear explosion in the molten iron shell. I'll not attempt to examine the physics of an explosion in a three dimensional shell of fluid will start it rotating. Nonetheless, this story, exciting at times, depends on us accepting that the Earth's molten iron core rotates and generates a vital electromagnetic field around the Earth and that the stationary core must be restarted.
Dr. Joshua Keys is the lead. He meets with a panel of experts to discuss how it is to be done. One of the experts is Dr. Conrad Zimsky (Stanley Tucci) who is aware of a special project an embittered cohort of his has been working on for twenty years. Dr. Edward Brazleton (Delroy Lindo) has developed a super boring machine prototype that promises to be the vehicle needed to deliver nuclear bombs to the core. But it is year a prototype. Demonstrations of its capabilities convince the military to spend megabucks to get it operational in three months. Dr. Brazleton reels in astonishment at the idea of reducing years of further work into thee months and claims it would take millions of dollars to do it. The General (Terry O'Quinn) then says to Dr. Brazleton "Would you take a check?" The prototype becomes an operational vehicle named Virgil to carry the core team to its mission.
The core team: Dr. Joshua Keys (lead); Dr. Zimsky, Dr. Brazelton; Maj. Childs (pilot); Col. Iverson; Sergei Leveque (Tchéky Karyo); Dr. Ziminsky. The teams embarks on their mission and the journey begins.
Some innovative cgi displays and ingenious concepts are presented in this science fiction thriller. And thriller it is. But as with all PG-13 movies, there are some matters that may be of concern for mom/dad, matters not typically revealed by trailers, advertisements nor the MPAA.
The Core earned a CAP final score of 54, placing it directly at the topmost score for the range of scores earned by R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100). This places The Core one point under the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies (55 to 67 out of 100), making it a "lite" R-13, mainly due to violence and language. There was no nudity or sexual intercourse typical of PG-13 movies noted. The only nudity noted was in a trailer for X-Men 2.
The script presents 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11] plus one use of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8]. God's name in vain is used 12 times but none with the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. Sexual assaults on morality are limited to sexual suggestions, sexual humor, crude comments and talk [Eph. 5:4]. Drinking and smoking are observed repeatedly [**]. But the main loss of points was due to violence [Phil. 4:8]. Please refer to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, before you decide whether this film is fit for your children. It is the best tool available for you to make an informed decision on your own whether this film is appropriate.
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** A recent study revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol and tobacco abuse. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies. The report further states the prevalence of having tried smoking without parental knowledge was 35% for those with no restrictions on viewing R-rated movies, 12% for those with partial restrictions, and two percent for those with complete restrictions. The prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was 46% for those with no restrictions, 16% for those with partial restrictions and four percent for those with complete restrictions. Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? Whether the movie is rated R or not, the focus is adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment.
***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Offense to God (O)
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|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|