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For visceral thrills, it can't be beat. Just don't expect The Rock to engage your brain. Read critic reviews

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FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris) from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 million in war reparations to be paid to the families of slain servicemen who died on covert operations. After their SEAL team is wiped out, Stanley and John deal with the soldiers on their own.

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Sean Connery
John Patrick Mason
Nicolas Cage
Dr. Stanley Goodspeed
Ed Harris
General Francis X. Hummel
Michael Biehn
Commander Anderson
William Forsythe
Special Agent Ernest Paxton
David Morse
Major Tom Baxter
John Spencer
FBI Director James Womack
John C. McGinley
Captain Hendrix
Tony Todd
Captain Darrow
Bokeem Woodbine
Sergeant Crisp
Douglas S. Cook
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David Weisberg
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Mark Rosner
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Sean Connery
Executive Producer
Louis A. Stroller
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William Stuart
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John Schwartzman
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Critic Reviews for The Rock

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (22)

  • There isn't a shot, scene or sequence in The Rock that doesn't move furiously, typically with colored lights flashing into our faces or onto those of the actors.

    May 27, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • You might need to take Dramamine before entering a Michael Bay movie. The one-time music-video director has an annoying habit of finding the tightest shots, editing the heck out of them and scoring the works to loud music.

    May 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • For action-adventure fans, it just doesn't get any better than The Rock.

    May 27, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Since the plot is ridiculous, The Rock works best when it's most light-hearted.

    May 27, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince.

    May 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written.

    May 27, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Rock

  • Jul 26, 2020
    The two lead characters' impact on the events of the move are pretty negligible, everyone and everything in it is laughably stupid, and you can see here begin to blossom the stereotypes that Michael Bay would go on you ruin everything he ever touched with, but I still kind of like The Rock. Maybe it's just in comparison to all of Bay's other films, or maybe it's because it's the only one of his works I saw when I was still single-digit aged, but I do enjoy it. I'm not willing to defend it, just to re-watch it once a decade or so.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    "The Rock" is another one of director "Michael Bay's" okay action movies. The plot to "The Rock" is a terrorist threat is made and "Stanley Goodspeed" portrayed by "Nicholas Cage" who works for the "F.B.I." must assist with the operation along side with the hilarious "John Mason" portrayed by "Sean Connery". The movie opens with a military scene of someone visiting a grave. The scene is an interesting opening to a military movie. Throughout the movie it shows the "F.B.I." trying to negotiate to terrorist threat. "The Rock" is a very slow movie, which makes some scenes boring to watch, the first half an hour of the movie are more difficult to watch than a snail walking across a room. The climax is entertaining at certain points but fails due to boring scenes and is shot horribly mixed with an excellent soundtrack. One of "Nicholas Cage's" first scenes in the movie makes the audience hate/dislike his character, which makes it hard to believe he is the antagonist. "Sean Connery" along with "Nicholas Cage" both give amazing performances and "Sean Connery" gives one of his best performances in his life. The music in this movie has fits in perfectly with the climax but throughout the movie fails to excite or captivate the audience. "John Schwartzman" does an awful job at filming action, its as almost he doesn't even give a damn about filming at all. He shakes the camera whenever necessary, films action childishly and doesn't know where and what to film. "The Rock" gets a lot of mixed reviews so I can't recommend it nor recommend not watching it. "The Rock" contains amazing acting from "Nicholas Cage" and "Sean Connery" but has issues, which are boring scenes and unnecessary camera shaking of "John Schwartzman" mixed in with okay sound track. I give 1996's "The Rock" a 5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    Currently Michael Bay's best film, it's like he was actually trying and put care into this. Nonetheless, a very entertaining film with a great cast, good action scenes and a good plot. If you want some good popcorn entertainment, then this film is for you!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2012
    From Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay comes the explosive action packed thriller The Rock. When a group of rogue marines capture Alcatraz and threaten to launch a chemical strike on San Francisco, the FBI calls upon the one man who successfully escaped the prison to lead a group of Navy SEALs back in. The film has an outstanding cast that includes Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris, Michael Biehn, and Tony Todd, who all deliver great performances. And, Michael Bay does a fantastic job at crafting intense, exciting action scenes that draw the audience into the film. Additionally, the score brilliantly complements the electrifying and fast paced action. The Rock is a great action film that comes together to deliver a wildly entertaining adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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