The Core

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The Core is a 2003 disaster movie in which the Earth's core has stopped rotating. Within a year, the Earth will lose its electromagnetic shield and be fried by solar radiation. It's up to a small team of scientists to travel down to the core and restart it.

Directed by Jon Amiel. Written by Cooper Lane and John Rogers.
Earth has a deadline Taglines

Rat/Theodore J. Finch

  • [standing in front of a wall of PC towers] Ok, I know these look like computers - totally not!
  • [to the FBI agents] Call me Rat. My handle's Rat.
  • [Speaking to Zimsky about the number of languages he spoke] I speak one. One Zero One Zero Zero. With that I could steal your money, your secrets, your sexual fantasies, your whole life. In any country, any time, any place I want. We multitask like you breathe. I couldn't think as slow as you if I tried.
  • [replying to Dr. Keyes's help request]You want me to hack the planet?
  • Here, now you have free long distance on this phone... forever.
  • OK, if I decide to do this, I'm gonna need an unlimited supply of Xena tapes, and Hot Pockets.
  • [refering to a virus he created] This is my Kung-Fu and it is strong!
  • Your Kung-Fu is not strong!
  • You guys aren't here to "Wack" me are you, cause I was kinda hoping to have sex before that happens!
  • Destini, meet world. World, meet Destini.

Dr. Josh Keyes

  • Go ahead and throw up, I know I did...
  • Why don't you use a credit card and get air miles?
  • Then we hotwire the nuclear bombs. [pause] As one does.
  • In a year, everyone on Earth is dead.

Commander Robert Iverson

  • Leadership isn't about ability; it's about responsibility.

Dr. Conrad Zimsky

  • [After Iverson questions him about the core] Yes, yes, yes, yes, and what if the core is made of cheese? This is all best guess commander. That's all science is, is best guess.
  • Let me smoke a cigarette first and I'll tell you.
  • Oh come on you're a bunch of suicidal morons!! What are you, crazy?! Plan C? "Restart the core somehow?" Oh that's a great idea! That's a brilliant idea! I can't believe I'm stuck on this floating septic tank with you lunatics! You may have nothing to lose, you may have nothing to lose, you may have nothing to lose, but I have my life to lose thank you very much while you're up! Now turn it around! He told us to go back, and we're going back! Why? You wanna be a hero? You wanna be a martyr? What do you want to be? You're out of your minds! Thank you!

Dr. Edward Brazelton

  • Are you going to be doing that Carl Sagan narration all the way down to the core?
  • Look I built the ship in 3 damn months, I never realised I'd be deliberately sabotaging it!
  • [Punches Zimsky clean out] It's not a stupid ship.


  • Earth has a deadline
  • In a year, everyone on Earth is dead.
  • The only way out is in.


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