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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 the skills to penetrate the island fortress and defuse the lethal situation. (Buena Vista Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 88
    It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
  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. Bay has two great assets in Connery and Cage. The special effects give The Rock a James Bondian feel so Connery's wry, world-weary devil-may-careishness looks right at home here.
  4. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
  5. The Rock is just typical big American dumb fun.
  6. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    The presence of Connery is pure balm, purring those Celtic tones like smoky single-malt Scotch.
  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: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Jan 19, 2011
    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 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. Jul 10, 2014
    The Rock is a slam-bang action thriller and is one of the coolest action movies of the last twenty years.
    The movie has stunning action and
    fantastic acting from the talented cast. The Rock is an action classic. Expand
  3. paull
    Aug 16, 2008
    Geese ciritc do take sthings serouisly about the movie being bad but THIS is a good action movie with the breakthrough of nicolas cage and sean connery. They had great chemistry. Expand
  4. Maximus
    Jun 20, 2006
    Where the hell is movie critics going when this film got average reviews. I would give it 7 just for music and for Sean's, Ed's and Cage's good acting 8. Plus this movie does have a lot of sence because, its very true what it is said about American politics and secret missions. There is a loat of drama involved here and a strong ending. You wont be disapointed with this movie, actualy you wont be disapointd at all. Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2014
    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 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. Jul 22, 2011
    Michael Bay's second and second best film. Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage work really good together, and Ed Harris is great as usual. Since it is a Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer film, it has it's share of big explosions and fast edited shots. Good story and acting all the way around. A much better effort for Michael Bay this time around then Bad Boys. Expand
  7. WilliamO.
    Jan 18, 2009
    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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