Since I finished watching all the episodes of “Supernatural” that are available on Netflix, I decided to watch a disaster movie. I don’t know why, but I like disaster movies. Even the bad ones tend to get my attention. Well, “The Core” was no different.
Basic premise: Some disaster befalls the planet, a group of people must save the planet from utter destruction, several members of the group die in the process, one or two members of the group manage to save the planet but must then be rescued themselves as something prevents them from making it to safety.
Sound familiar? That’s because it is the premise of pretty much every disaster movie ever made. “The Core” really was no different. However, it has it’s redeeming qualities. The cast is the only thing that really sets this movie apart from being a horrible movie.
The group starts off with six key people:
Commander Iverson who is played by Bruce Greenwood. He has a long list of credits, but you may best know him as Richard Burghoff from “Mad Men”.
Beck who is played by the lovely Hilary Swank. Probably best known for her role as Maggie Fitzgerald in “Million Dollar Baby”.
Josh Keyes played by Aaron Eckhart who did an amazing job portraying Harvey Dent in “Dark Knight”.
Serge played by Tcheky Karyo who did an amazing job as Fouchet in “Bad Boys”.
Zimsky played by Stanley Tucci. Stanley portrayed Dr. Kevin Moretti in “E.R.” many moons ago.
And finally we have, Brazzelton played by Delroy Lindo. Delroy portrayed Bo Catlett in “Get Shorty”.
All of these actors are amazing in their own right. The death scene of Serge is one that actually made me cry. But it wasn’t any of these actors that made me love this movie. It was a secondary character that I loved. A computer hacker named Rat that was played by DJ Qualls. The reason I love him? Because he also played Garth in “Supernatural”.
I had no idea that DJ was in this movie when I started watching it, but once I saw him, I was fully enthralled. He wasn’t a major role, but he was in it from beginning to end, so it was well worth watching just for him. Now I must go search for other things that he has been in.