The Core

The molten metal core of the earth is slowing down and will eventualy stop, and the magnetic field of the earth, which is driven by the spinning core, is dying as well. This is a very bad thing, since it is the magnetic field of the earth that deflects large ammounts of radiation and radioactive particles from entering our atmosphere. The main characters build and pilot a vessel capable of drilling in to the center of the earth, where they have a plan to dettonate a nuclear device whose shockwave will hopefully jump start the earth's core. Thing's don't go as well as planned, and our heroes have to race against time to find a solution while the military on the surface plans to use "plan B," a plan that is less likely to fix the core, and will also kill our heros in the process.

Factual error: The ship, VIRGIL, is diving straight down from the crust to the core. Although the interior of the ship pivots to make the cockpit perpendicular to the descent, the ship itself is "digging" straight down so when people move from compartment to compartment they should be climbing up and down rather than simply walking back and forth.

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Dr. Josh Keyes: I have security clearance?
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Dr. Josh Keyes: I have a jet?!

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Trivia: If you look closely with time-frame advance during the pigeon scene you will see a fish "flying" into a window instead of a pigeon. (00:08:35)

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Question: Why does General Purcell want Virgil to fail? It seems all he's trying to do is stop them from achieving their goal. He knows full well DESTINI stopped the core in the first place and is determined to fire it again with Virgil down there, knowing they will die. Why would he want Earth to die?

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Chosen answer: The General does not want Virgil to fail. The main reason he wants to fire DESTINI is because they have just found out that the core is actually a lot thinner than they originally thought, which means, as Zimsky stated, the amount of explosives they brought in Virgil would not be enought for their original idea of one blast. Also stated by Zimsky, what happened with the core and DESTINI was just like a heart and an electric shock. If an electric shock can stop a heart and also restart a heart, then DESTINI has a chance of restarting what it stopped.

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