The Core (2003)
Richard Jenkins: General Purcell
Serge Leveque : Excuse me Dr. Brazzelton, when do you think the ship will be operational?
Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzelton : When I get my fabrication methods perfected, twelve... ten years. Ten years.
General Thomas Percell : What would it take to get it done in three months?
Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzelton : Fifty billion dollars, I...
General Thomas Percell : [deadpan] Will you take a cheque?
Dr. Josh Keyes : You should use a credit card. You get miles.
General Thomas Percell : Hmm.
General Thomas Percell : How do we fix it?
Dr. Josh Keyes : We can't.
General Thomas Percell : Not in my vocabulary.
Dr. Josh Keyes : Then you might want to get one of those word-a-day calendars, General, because it's impossible. The core is the size of Mars. You're talking about jump-starting a planet. This is a superheated hyper-fluid of molten iron and nickel at 9,000 degrees Fahrenheit. And the deepest we've ever been is... 7 miles, with a two-inch drill bit.
General Thomas Percell : If we can go into space, we certainly...
Dr. Josh Keyes : Space is easy. It's empty. We're talking about millions of pounds of pressure per square inch. Even if we somehow came up with a brilliant plan to fix the core, we just can't get there.