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The Rock (1996) Movie Information

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Michael Bay


Sean Connery
Nicolas Cage
Ed Harris
John Spencer
David Morse
William Forsythe





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When a group of home-grown terrorists take over Alcatraz with 15 chemical warheads it's up to a federal prisoner with intimate knowlege of the prison and a young chemical weapons expert to stop them from launching the deadly missiles.

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Matthew Brady 10/22/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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When you are watching this movie you forget that Michael Bay is behind the camera.

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FSUNoles27TS 12/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A good movie with two actors in their prime. This is a must see. If you have ever been to Alcatraz, this is an even cooler watch.

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Daniel Corleone 12/20/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Brigadier General Francis X Hummel (Harris) seize control of Alcatraz Island. Dr. Stanley Goodspeed (Cage) is being recruited FBI Director Womack (John Spencer) is forced to turn to Federal prisoner John Mason (Connery) has illegally detained for decades the only inmate of Alcatraz to ever successfully escaped through Alcatraz. Special Agent Ernest Paxton (William Forsythe) manages to escape to see his estranged daughter (Claire Forlani). I felt the overloaded characters, light plot and a bombardment of explosions kept this film from being really good. Screenplay and soundtrack was okay but the pace of the story was just dull for an action flick.

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07/17/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Stupid movie is stupid.

I don't understand how we're supposed to root for these characters when all they're doing is stealing vehicles and causing mayhem.

The chase scenes are filmed so standard. It's just such a standard Hollywood action movie. Cut to shaky-cam and extreme close-up of Nicolas Cage's face. Cut to Hummers and Ferraris driving fast, hitting everything in their way. There are around five explosions in the opening chase. And of course everyone survives it and they stand up glamorously and we get our typical Michael Bay shot, where the camera goes around them while they stare heroically.
There is one scene in particular which is just riddled with Michael Bay-isms. He's famous for two things: Acting serious when you can't take it seriously and explosions.
In the scene, a marine and the general a...

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07/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Wham bam, thank you Sean and Nick.

Nicholas Cage is an FBI chemical weapons specialist. Sean Connery is the British SAS officer who once escaped from the famed prison. Ed Harris is the Marine general who has seen Marines under his command get killed in combat without a military burial or benefits to their families.

With the aid of some Marines, he hijacks a bunch of chemical weapons rockets which he then places on Alcatraz Island with the cover of a large number of tourist hostages. He takes the civilians hostage, and makes a threat to the FBI: give the fallen Marines recognition or he will launch the deadly VX gas at his disposal, on San Francisco.

Connery and Cage form an impressive on-screen duo. Ed Harris, John Spencer, William Forsythe, Michael Biehn and Tony Todd deliver great supporting roles and Hans Zimmer`...

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07/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A fun 130 minutes or so

The Rock is a film that does exactly what it sets out to do. It provides solid entertainment for around 130 minutes, making great use of several action set-pieces, such as shootouts and car chases, as well as the often used "doomsday scenario" in which large amounts of people may be killed if the heroes fail and the villains succeed.

However, what prevents it from becoming a great film is its mediocre screenplay containing numerous plot holes. For example, General Hummel (Harris) is upset that his unit has received no recognition for their clandestine (and illegal) operations. How could he expect the U.S. government to recognize his unit if they were engaging in illegal activity? Doing so would prove the existence of his unit and open pandora's box so to speak. Furthermore, there i...

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