Overall Rank: 1708
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 373
Theatrical Release Date: 06/07/1996
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Michael Bay
Actors: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer, David Morse, William Forsythe
Plot: 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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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/17/2019
Absurd and utterly pointless, "The Rock" has a lot of testosterone, but too little intelligence to hold my interest.
Indyfreak - wrote on 12/13/2016
There is a reason why Michael Bay became such a big shot director back in the 90s. Not because of Armageddon but because of his earlier film, The Rock. Hands down his best film as a director and one of the best pure action films of the 1990s. It's up there with Speed and the Fugitive. Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris are all excellent as the badass hero, the nerdy hero, and the surprisingly sympathetic villain.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 10/22/2013
When you are watching this movie you forget that Michael Bay is behind the camera.
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memento_mori - wrote on 07/17/2013
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 …
MovieAddict - wrote on 07/25/2012
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 …
Andrew - wrote on 07/05/2012
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 …
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