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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

I Liked It

8/10
Author: mOVIemAN56
8 April 2005

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Alright, I'm a fan of action film and this started it. The Rock (Referring to Alcatraz) is under new management by the famous, Vietnam Vet General Frank Hummel (Ed Harris). His cause is to avenge the men he lost in Vietnam while the government stood by and watched. With him are three or four squads of Navy SEALS, 81 hostages, and extremely dangerous poison gas missiles aimed at San Fransico.

A squad is assembled but a guide is needed and a scientist to diffuse the missiles. John Mason (Sean Connery), the only unknown escapee of the infamous prison is to lead nineteen Navy SEALS into the prison to stop the madness. Along with them Dr. Goodspeed (Nicholas Cage) is called in to assist. Soon the SEALS are gone, having been slaughtered, and Mason and Goodspeed are left to deal with the situation.

The story for an action film is pretty good and the acting is solid. Connery, Harris, Cage, and Morse make up an excellent cast. The film is more focused on the characters then most action flicks and the outline of the actual prison for the location was pretty fun to watch. The film is loaded with violence and language but is needed at most parts to keep the flow even though mothers won't approve.

The Rock. Starring: Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, Ed Harris, David Morse, John Spencer, and William Forsythe.

3 1/2 out of 5 Stars.

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Exhilarating action.

8/10
Author: muertos from United States
29 January 2005

The Rock is an exceptionally well put-together action film that leaves you completely breathless. It's not high art, but it may be one of the more evolved examples of the 80s/90s action blockbuster, and it's certainly a lot of fun.

The whole plot is merely a mechanism to buddy up Sean Connery as a grizzled but still tough ex-antiterrorist operative and Nicholas Cage who plays (tongue in cheek) a lab-bound FBI agent. Ed Harris makes a terrific bad guy as the mad general armed with some really icky chemicals. Why does he choose to take over a prison instead of, for example, hide a VX rocket under a populated street and threaten to trigger it by remote control? Well, because it's in the script! Now carefully add the set pieces. A crumbling old fortress full of lots of pieces of twisted metal where bad guys can impale themselves on. A mine car run obviously designed by the same LSD-tripping mining engineer who designed the one in Indiana Jones. A furnace that belches flame and swishes various sharp metal implements at you every few seconds. (This is the most fun!) If The Rock was a video game it'd be Doom II. Still, it's very exciting to see Connery back in his old form, and Cage bringing up the rear. Every scene crackles with tension and suspense, but you get the feeling it's not totally serious, as there's a comic edge to a lot of the film, especially the dialogue.

This movie could only be made in the Clinton era. It disdains politicians in that oh-so-familiar Hollywood way, but it carries a certain amount of venom toward the military mindset as well, portraying Marines as homicidal testosterone-flushed automatons. I can't see a Hollywood producer getting near a script with that kind of subtext today. But, overall, The Rock is a good time, cheap harmless fun.

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Cool and Exhilarating story

8/10
Author: Devaka Randeniya from Sri Lanka
20 January 2005

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I loved this movie, specially cause there is no real "villian" in it.(of course apart from those mercenaries that go berserk near the end). Its more of good against reality, where decisions have to be made that wouldn't necessary turn out to be "right" at the end. Michael Bay is an excellent director when it comes to keepin the movie on an up-tempo till the end of it. Also must emphasis on the music...awesome ! The script was cool as well and sean connery and nicolas cage does a fine job with it. One thing i got to know after watching was that Ed Harris is an ideal match for playing a a military leader. (E.g; The German sniper in Enemy at the Gate) He should focus more in playing such roles. This is one of my all time favorites !!!!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Intense action movie!

8/10
Author: BroadswordCallinDannyBoy from Boston, MA
18 March 2004

With this movie Michael Bay has proved to us that he can be a good action director. His first project Bad Boys was junk, but it led to the making of this movie and this is one AWESOME MOVIE! Great action scenes include and awesome car chase with a Hummer and Ferrari, explosive shootouts, and a very good musical score.

The music really carries this movie and is woven expertly into the on-screen action. That alone is a noteworthy achievement. The performances are also surprisingly good for a movie of this type. Ed Harris gives a very good performance as the rogue marine general and that really puts this movie above the action film crowd. Most films in this genre tend to quickly introduce a bunch of cardboard cut-out characters and then turn to ridiculous action and violence. Action-wise this film is pretty ridiculous (come on, it's a Hollywood movie), but the characters and music and general good production help give it the sense most other films of this type lack. Also Sean Connery never fails to impress with his wit, which almost echoes James Bond. 8/10

Rated R: strong violence, and profanity

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this rocks

8/10
Author: elsterusa from Detroit, Michigan
12 November 2003

If you like action, see this movie. It's as simple as that. Don't keep away from this movie just because Nicolas Cage can't act. This role doesn't require him to act, so he's actually not bad in it. Sean Connery looks a worn out in every seen of the movie, but I think that's an intentional joke. Michael Biehn is the best in this movie. (He should've had a bigger role. Seriously.) SEE THIS MOVIE, ACTION FANS! 10/10

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Gonzo actioner via Bruckheimer & Bay; Hang on!

Author: george.schmidt (gpschmidt67@gmail.com) from fairview, nj
21 April 2003

THE ROCK (1996) ***1/2 Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, William Forsythe, Michael Biehn, John Spencer, David Morse, Vanessa Marcil, Tony Todd, John C. McGinley, Bokeem Woodbine, Anthony Clark. Action packed high octane machine of a movie with disgruntled ex-Marine hero Harris taking a group of tourists hostage at Alcatraz with a band of mercenaries and a group of poison gas equipped rockets aimed at San Francisco with only two men capable of thwarting him: prisoner Connery, a former British spy incarcerated since his escape from the infamous jail and goofy 'super freak' FBI chemist Cage (the best thing about the film by the way) teamed up to infiltrate and dismantle the weaponry PHEW! Breakneck paced editing and some wicked sequences added with the right amount of cocky humor. Cage's reluctant every-man FEEB is memorable, particularly witnessing a nasty dispatch of one of the villains: 'Well, yeak OK , that's just about the most awful thing I've ever seen.' Smartly directed by maverick Michael Bay and the last film produced by the dynamic duo of Don Simpson (who died during production) and Jerry Bruckheimer.

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Zimmer shows has this shit works!

7/10
Author: Bones Eijnar (namriggs@hotmail.com) from Trondheim, Norway
19 April 2003

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(CONTAINS SPOILERS) Yahoo! STORY: A military veteran General Hummel togethers a brilliant team of soldiers and steals some nitroglycerin bombs and makes their way out to Alcatraz "The Rock". Here they take all the people to hostage and soon they are threathing the city to blow it to stone age. Who can stop them? FBI soon understands that they have to have bionochelist and agent Stanley Goodspeed on their team to fix the bombs, but no one knows the way on the prison island - only one man, that the governemtn claims doesn't exist, the former prisoner Mason. He has to guide a team of topp command soldiers but soon, the whole team is dead exept, off course - Goodspeed and Mason...alone aginst crazy commands...in The Rock, this is heavy!

Tyical often, but in the same time an excellent action movie.

"You're going down!" - - we get to join Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery in a dramatic, violent and explosive trip in the Alcatraz' under floor and visit some of the rose places while being hunted for life. The movie is packed with shooting and explosions, so if you kind' a like that - I would recommand this movie! Director Michael Bay has done a good job, but the man stealing the show is musician Hans Zimmer who has made this unforgettable music, excellent!

"I don't like soft-ass s**t!" The movie plays on the crowd being highly entertained by action, and off course being an action movie it scores high points. Ed Harris is also nice in his character as Vietnam, Granda, Desert Strom vet. - yeah! If you haven't seen it - see it for your own cause.

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A Solid, Action-Packed Thrill Ride!

8/10
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK
27 February 2003

`The Rock'

The film that solidified Nicolas Cage as an action star and Sean Connery as…well…a guy who uses the F-word a lot, `The Rock' never ceases to slow on the action; its plot is, of course, ridiculous, but I'm not looking for an Oscar winner in an action movie.

Cage plays Stanley Goodspeed (weird name number 1), a chemical specialist whom disarms chemical bombs and such.

Ed Harris plays Himmel or Hummel or something like that (weird name number 2), a respected General who one day decides, `What the heck!' and takes Alcatraz prison hostage; he demands respect for dead marines from the government, or he will release some ba-a-a-ad gas on San Francisco. Enter Cage, who must, with a pack of government marines, enter Alcatraz from underneath (under water) and take out Himmel/Hummel.

That's where Sean Connery comes in as John Mason, the only man to ever escape Alcatraz unscathed. Connery `agrees' to help them enter the prison the same way he escaped.

`The Rock' is pure, unadulterated fun. Nothing less, nothing more. It delivers everything you want in an action film: Explosions, guns, special effects, and more explosions. If you can't have fun watching a movie like this, you can't have fun watching a movie. Period.

The acting in `The Rock' is nothing to scoff at. Nicolas Cage is great in this role, as in other action roles. The thing that is different here, however, is that Nic doesn't know how to use weapons much; he is a chemical expert, not a trained FBI agent. So, it is more than humorous to see him running around defenseless; especially seeing that it is Nicolas Cage, who usually plays action roles where he is the master of the weapons.

Sean Connery is perfect for the role of John Mason; he blends wisecracks, action and…well…Sean Connery.

Ed Harris is also very good as Himmelhummelwhatever; he seems a bit held back at times, but overall, his acting is as good as ever.

The direction style in `The Rock' reminds me very much of other Nicolas Cage films, like John Woo's `Face/Off' and such. It is gritty, dark, and exciting. It adapts to the characters' emotions.

The first thirty minutes or so of `The Rock' are nothing special; I almost stopped watching at one point. But once they get to Alcatraz the action picks up and never slows down. Explosion after explosions after gunfight after stunts, leading to an explosive ending (literally) that may be predictable to a certain degree, but nevertheless lotsa' fun.

All in all, `The Rock' is the kind of movie where you sit back, turn off your brain for two hours, and have some slam-bam fun.

4/5 stars –

John Ulmer

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wonderful action film, funnier than you'd expect (SPOILERS)

Author: vchimpanzee
21 January 2003

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In the first twenty minutes, two separate rooms must be evacuated because of two potential explosions. And we don't get to relax much between the two events. We don't get to relax much at all. Even the slow-paced scenes will generally keep you on the edge of your seat.

Nicolas Cage is the FBI agent who solves the second problem, and he is at home relaxing when his girlfriend announces she is pregnant and wants to get married. Meanwhile, a group touring Alcatraz is locked up by a bunch of bad guys in camouflage uniforms (this is actually sort of funny). The head man (Ed Harris in a compelling performance) threatens to release poison gas in San Francisco (enough to kill a million people) unless the government gives him enough money to sufficiently compensate the families of numerous men who served under him in several military actions. The general has a war record that brings to mind the song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas,' yet he is now a traitor who considers himself to be like one of the Founding Fathers.

Cage is called on to be a part of the team that will take back Alcatraz and defuse the situation, though he has no combat experience. His girlfriend wants to come along to San Francisco when Cage assumes he is being called for a training exercise. Later, she refuses to stay behind after he tells the truth. Only one man can make this operation work:

He is so dangerous he has been behind bars for over 30 years, and he is the only man ever to escape from Alcatraz, though the government will not acknowledge his existence. When working for British intelligence, he uncovered secrets connected to Roswell and JFK but didn't do what he was supposed to.

Lots of good acting performances here. Where to start? At first Cage did not remind me of other characters he had played, so that was enough to make his performance a good one. But he was occasionally funny as would be expected, especially in the scenes where the Alcatraz expert is first released and being interviewed. Sean Connery is good as usual, thoroughly evil at first when he gets out of prison, but also funny; he wants a penthouse suite and the best of everything if he's going to help these people. Later he is mostly tough but also shows a tender side, in one scene with his illegitimate daughter and in several good scenes with Cage. Cage's boss in this operation, who I believe is now on 'The West Wing,' was also quite good. The best purely comic performance: the apparently gay barber who cuts Connery's hair (yes, he has hair, quite long at first). I think every acting performance was good, even right down to the people with one or two lines.

You like car chases complete with wrecks and explosions? This movie has a good one. And it's funny too. Lots of funny stuff in the first half, despite the serious nature of the situation. The second half has some comedy but is much more serious and quite violent. The first half is violent too. And the language was probably quite graphic as originally shown.

SPOILERS: Connery ran away three times, the first time in that car chase when he was searching for his daughter, whom he had never met. The second time, he returned to the operation out of concern for his daughter. The third time, he came back so Cage's child would have a father. He did have a heart. And the ending was funny: a pastor chases Cage out of a church Cage damaged in order to take possession of...THE SECRET TO JOHN KENNEDY'S ASSASSINATION!

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Not so much a film, more a way of live...

8/10
Author: Irvine_Kinneas from Leicester, England
26 November 2002

This has to be one of the best Action Films ever made!!! Nicholas Cage's performance as Stanley Goodspeed, is one of his best, far better than that of Memphis in Gone in 60 Seconds...And Sean Connery? a true movie legend, when these two get on screen together the two have a perfect chemistry. Ed Harris also shines as the Good/Bad General who just wants a Burial for his Ex-Comrades, and he especially shines when he and Commander Anderson (Brilitantly played by Michel Biehn) have an argument in the now famous Shower Room Massacre scene, one of the best bits of the film...

All in all, a very good Action film, with a truly wonderful cast!, A classic!

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