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  • Summary: All of San Francisco is taken hostage when a vengeful general (Harris) seizes control of Alcatraz Island, threatening to launch missiles loaded with deadly poison gas. With time running out, only a young FBI chemical weapons expert (Cage) and a notorious federal prisoner (Connery) have theAll of San Francisco is taken hostage when a vengeful general (Harris) seizes control of Alcatraz Island, threatening to launch missiles loaded with deadly poison gas. With time running out, only a young FBI chemical weapons expert (Cage) and a notorious federal prisoner (Connery) have the skills to penetrate the island fortress and defuse the lethal situation. (Buena Vista Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 88
    A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
  2. 78
    The Guy Movie to end all Guy Movies, a ridiculously overblown summer testosterone blowout right down to the Wagnerian strains of the soundtrack and its stunningly high body count. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.
  3. A raucous, in-your-face, commando-style action thriller that makes provocative use of Alcatraz as a lunatic's lair and San Francisco as a sitting duck.
  4. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
  5. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    50
    The presence of Connery is pure balm, purring those Celtic tones like smoky single-malt Scotch.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Buried under an avalanche of action. (1996 June 7, pg. D1)
  7. Can a mild-mannered toxicologist and an eccentric Alcatraz veteran stop him before it's too late? Learning the answer means sitting through more than two hours of violence, vulgarity, and all-around excess, served up with high-tech trimmings by director Michael Bay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jan 19, 2011
    10
    I have to disagree WilliamO. You have to understand that this movie was made in the 90's, back then the movies weren't as good as they areI have to disagree WilliamO. You have to understand that this movie was made in the 90's, back then the movies weren't as good as they are now. Also the movie shows what goes on in the marines mind, what they think should happen. Over all "The Rock" is and will always be my number one movie. This movie is Michael Bay's best movie besides transformers. Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    10
    Here's a shocker... one of my favorite films of all time is a **** Michael Bay movie! But ya know what, that doesn't matter, because MichaelHere's a shocker... one of my favorite films of all time is a **** Michael Bay movie! But ya know what, that doesn't matter, because Michael Bay managed to actually combine his great action sensibilities with superb storytelling. Everything here is outrageous and explosiony and exciting, but without going so far over the top that it becomes incredibly retarded and irritating, e.g. Armageddon, Bad Boys 2. This is, in my opinion, the perfect modern day action flick. Navy Seals, U.S. Marines, jet fighters, a deadly nerve toxin, Sean Connery being a bad ass, Nicholas Cage being crazy **** Nicholas Cage and allowing us to laugh at him... it has it all. I wouldn't even say that The Rock is all that smart. If you really think about it, Hummel's reason for turning traitor and holding an entire city hostage is just kinda weak. It's just that the moments in the film all work. When those Navy SEALs are ambushed in that shower room and hold their ground, you can feel the terror in their eyes, you can sense the tension and dread looming in the background. You know something tragic is about to happen, and then it does and there's tears in your eyes and your heart sinks. It's one of the most masterful and emotional scenes in any action film.

    And of course, the relationship between Cage and Connery just hits on all cylinders. Their back and forth banter and grudging friendship, it all comes together and elevates the entire film. And really, you can go outside of that. It's not just Cage and Connery, but Connery and anybody. Connery trading quips with Michael Biehn, Connery joking with the hair stylist, Connery in a verbal duel with John Spencer's character, it's all just really entertaining and fun to watch. It's sad that all of Bay's films after this have failed to live up to the promise that The Rock showed us. Perhaps he was just more hungry and determined back then, who knows. But even if Transformers 3 turns out to be a turd on the order of the Star Wars prequels, I'll still remember him as the director of this great action flick.
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  3. Jul 20, 2013
    10
    Never thought Michael Bay could make a movie like this, a classic!
    Watch this even if you are not a Michael Bay fan, it deserves your
    Never thought Michael Bay could make a movie like this, a classic!
    Watch this even if you are not a Michael Bay fan, it deserves your attention, there's nothing more I can say.
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  4. Jun 8, 2014
    8
    Yes, there was a time when Michael Bay made movies that actually had a plot to go with the explosions, and some, like The Rock, were terrific.Yes, there was a time when Michael Bay made movies that actually had a plot to go with the explosions, and some, like The Rock, were terrific. I had never seen The Rock from beginning to end, having just caught glimpses of it on TV, but watching it in it's entirety proved what I'd long suspected, it was a great film. A Marine General, upset that his lost soldiers never received the compensation they deserved for their secret missions, takes control of Alcatraz island, and aims chemical weapons at San Francisco. The FBI is at a lost as to what to do and decide to go with an unconventional idea to try and stop the general. A team of Navy seals prepare to take the island back, lead by the only man to ever escape from Alcatraz, now in his sixties, and a chemical weapons specialist who has never been in combat. Sean Connery stars and even though he was nearing the end of his illustrious career, he gives a truly great performance, that reminds us of just how great his movies were. Connery was the premiere action star, in a time before special effects had been computerized. He really gives an old school attitude and feeling to the film, which helps The Rock stand out from it's competition. Connery is paired with Nicholas Cage who is always terrific, especially when he's playing some type of law enforcer. Cage adds humor, unintentionally, with his inexperience, and winds up doing some pretty amazing things. While I don't like to mention specific scenes in a film, I'd be remiss not to mention the incredible chase scene Cage has through the streets of San Francisco, in the beginning of the film. It was reminiscent of the great car chases of the Lethal Weapon series, and really stood out to me. The Rock is a terrific story, featuring a cast in which old school and the younger generation collide, and to top it all off, it has that Michael Bay spin and over reliance on special effects. It's a terrific action film which sadly is rarely seen anymore in the world of computer generated effects and muscle headed action stars. Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2014
    8
    The Rock is a fun time at the movies. It's implausible as hell, no doubt, but it's still thrilling. Its scenes of action are tense andThe Rock is a fun time at the movies. It's implausible as hell, no doubt, but it's still thrilling. Its scenes of action are tense and well-edited. It might not contribute anything new to cinema, but it's still worthy of a watch or two. Michael Bay directed this one, so expect many an explosion. Expand
  6. Apr 18, 2014
    7
    “The Rock” is about a hostage situation on Alcatraz. An FBI agent specialized in chemical weapons (Nicolas Cage) and a former prisoner from“The Rock” is about a hostage situation on Alcatraz. An FBI agent specialized in chemical weapons (Nicolas Cage) and a former prisoner from the Rock (Sean Connery) has to venture into the infamous prison to stop San Fransisco to be destroyed…

    The core cast of “The Rock” consists of Ed Harris, Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage. Nicolas Cage is probably one of my favorite actors of all time. Yes, he has been in some, hrrm, questionable movies lately but he is a tremendous actor with a broad range. In “The Rock” we see the crazy, sany, Cage and the dramatic Cage as well. Sean Connery is always Sean Connery. He is just great in the film. Him and Cage’s chemistry is electric. Ed Harris is also solid, delivering a very human character in the form of the general keeping the hostages.

    “The Rock” is directed by Michael Bay, you know the guy who uses explosions, hot girls and American flags in every single movie he makes! His movies have been, hrmm, questionable for a while but this movie is very well directed. He brings out fun performances from all his actors and the tone fits the movie well. Since this is a Michael Bay movie it is sure to feature a lot of action and it does. “The Rock” has one of the most enjoyable car chases I’ve seen and the suspenseful shootouts are very well made.

    The soundtrack in “The Rock” is composed by none other than my favorite composer Hans Zimmer! His soundtracks are always fantastic and this one is no exception! Suspenseful, and reflecting the action, it is an awesome score.

    Fun performances, solid directing, an awesome score and a suspenseful plot makes “The Rock” a very fun movie!
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  7. WilliamO.
    Jan 18, 2009
    0
    On of the worst movies ever. Unrealistic in almost all aspects , it screams Hollywood cliche at every corner. The Bad Guys are sophisticated On of the worst movies ever. Unrealistic in almost all aspects , it screams Hollywood cliche at every corner. The Bad Guys are sophisticated and an deadly at the start, while the recue team is shown to be reminiscant of the Keystone cops, with the exception of the 2 men least suited for the Job. But when thesesame to go against the rest of the Island weare suddenly led to believe that the Bad guys are bumbling fools. Only an idiot would find this movie entertaining, Definetly one of Micheal Bay's worst. Expand

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