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

Dr. Serge Leveque[edit]

  • I came here to save my wife and my two children and... six billion lives... it's too much. I just hope I'm, I'm smart enough and brave enough to save three.
  • [After Dr. Josh Keyes states, I'm married to my work.] So am I. Which makes my wife my mistress. That's why I'm still in love with her.
  • [As walls close in and objects fall and collapse around him.] Josh? Where are you? I can't see you!

Rat/Theodore D. Finch[edit]

  • [standing in front of a wall of PC towers] Ok, I know these look like computers - totally not!
  • [to the FBI agents] My handle's Rat. Call me Rat.
  • Wait a guys aren't here to whack me are you? Cause I was kinda hoping to have sex before that happens...
  • [Speaking to Zimsky about the number of languages he spoke] I speak one. 1-0-1-0-0. 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? [talking to himself] He wants 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...they help me focus.
  • [referring to a virus he created] This is my Kung-Fu and it is strong!
  • [referring to a superstorm] Rome does not look good.
  • [Uses his virus to stop DESTINI] Your Kung-Fu is not strong!
  • DESTINI, meet world. World, meet DESTINI.

Dr. Josh Keyes[edit]

  • Feel free to throw up. I know I did.
  • Why don't you use a credit card? You get miles.
  • Then we hotwire the nuclear bombs... [pause...] ...As one does.
  • In a year, everyone on Earth is dead.
  • Be wrong!
  • [Looking up at the night sky, seeing it full of aurora borealis] I hate this sky.

Commander Robert Iverson[edit]

  • Leadership isn't about ability; it's about responsibility.
  • You're not really a leader until you've lost.
  • [as his space shuttle heads into California] I'm not gonna crash into Los Angeles.
  • It's the simplest things that are the hardest, huh?

Dr. Conrad Zimsky[edit]

  • [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!
  • What the fuck am I doing? (laughs) [Said while recording his final thoughts on a tape recorder, as he sits right next to an armed thermonuclear bomb, waiting for it to detonate and kill him]

Dr. Edward Brazelton[edit]

  • Are you going to be doing that Carl Sagan narration all the way down to the core?
  • Say it with me: "I don't know."
  • Look, I built the ship in 3 damn months, I never realised I'd be deliberately sabotaging it, I'm sorry!
  • [Punches Zimsky clean out] It's not a stupid ship.
  • [On sacrificing himself] If Virgil needs more blood, it will be my blood.


Beck: Hey guys, we're closing in on the inner core.
Josh: The nukes are ready. The timers are on.
Beck: Great. Let's start dropping them.
Zimsky: No. The bombs are not built for these pressures. That's why they were in that pod. If you send them out now, out of that casing, they'll be crushed instantly.
Beck: And I assume we have a plan D.
Josh: Plan D is Virgil's compartiments. We put a nuke in each section of Virgil and then eject the individual sections. They should stay intact long enough for the nuke to go off. [Braz sighs]
Josh: What?
Braz: The Virgil is not designed to eject undamaged compartments. [Shows them an animation] Okay, these are the ejection mechanisms holding each compartment in place. They're all connected by one master hydraulic gear, kind of like keys on a keyring. What we have to do, we have to unlock the piston. That will release the compartments so the bombs can be jettisoned.
Zimsky: Where's the master gear?
Braz: In the crawl space we used to get out earlier.
Zimsky: [Frustrated] Well, what the hell is it doing there?
Braz: Look, I had this ship built in three damn months; I didn't think I'd deliberately be sabotaging her, I'm sorry!
Josh: So one of us has to go in there.
Braz: Correct.
Beck: Into the crawl space, that has core fluid at over 9000 degrees?
Braz: Yes.
Josh: Can you flush it with liquid nitrogen?
Braz: We don't have enough of it at this point.
Zimsky: 9000 degrees. And our suits are built to withstand...?
Braz: Half that, probably.
Zimsky: Right, half that.
Josh: So what you're saying is, whoever goes into that crawl space, is not coming back.


  • Earth has a deadline
  • In a year, everyone on Earth is dead.
  • The only way out is in.
  • Say it with me: "I don't know."


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