The Rock (1996)

The Rock (1996)
  • Time: 136 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller
  • Director: Michael Bay
  • Cast: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris


A group of renegade marine commandos seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages. Their leader, a former highly-decorated U.S. general, demands $100 million to be paid in ransom, as restitution to families of Marines who died in covert operations and were thereby denied compensation. Otherwise, he is threatening to launch 15 rockets carrying deadly VX nerve gas into the San Francisco Bay area. An elite SEAL team, with support from an FBI chemical warfare expert (Stanley Goodspeed) and a former Alcatraz escapee (John Patrick Mason), is assembled to penetrate the terrorists’ defenses on Alcatraz and neutralize the rocket threat before time runs out.

One review

  • The Rock is one of the best action films of the 90’s. I was surprised that I never heard of it until recently being the movie buff I am and with the big name director, composer, producer, and actors. I think Michael Bay is a pretty good director despite what everyone else says.

    This is about a ruthless general who captures the Alcatraz prison and is bent on taking San Francisco hostage unless he’s paid the money he wants because he feels the American government did not recognize his fallen soldiers.

    The acting is very good here. Sean Connery still has some great action moves in his old age. Nic Cage is a great actor despite what everyone else said. Of course, I loved Ed Harris. He is one of the best.

    Unlike most action movies, this movie has great character development. The plot has been seen before but the creators brought the plot to a whole new level. The score by Hans Zimmer is a magnificent piece.

    Overall, this is an excellent action movie. I wanna see more of these action films. I rate this film 8/10.

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