The Rock (1996)

The Rock

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: For visceral thrills, it can't be beat. Just don't expect The Rock to engage your brain.


Movie Info

The sophomore film from former music video and commercial director Michael Bay, this fast-paced action yarn featured rapid-fire editing, a cutting-edge rock soundtrack and liberal use of shots awash in a haze of burnished hues, all trademarks of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage stars as Stanley Goodspeed, an FBI chemical weapons expert handed a unique assignment. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris), an insane Marine Corps general, has taken 81 tourists hostage on the abandoned … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, language and a sex scene)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Aaron Sorkin, David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook, Mark Rosner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 1997
Runtime:
Disney

Cast


as John Patrick Mason

as Stanley Goodspeed

as Gen. Francis X. Humm...

as Charles Anderson

as Eddie Paxton

as Major Tom Baxter

as FBI Director Womack

as Marine Capt. Hendrix

as Capt. Darrow

as Sgt. Crisp

as Agent Shepard

as Carla Pestalozzi

as Private Scarpetti

as Private Gamble

as Private McCoy

as Jade Angelou

as Stacy Richards

as Marvin Isherwood

as Dr. Ling

as Agent Margie Wood

as Seal Boyer

as Seal Reigert

as Seal Dando

as Navy Seal

as Navy Seal

as Navy Seal

as Navy Seal

as Sea Stallion Pilot

as Navy Seal

as Navy Seal

as Hummel Marine `A'

as Hummel Marine `B'

as Hummel Marine `C'

as Marine That Dies

as Navy Admiral

as Louis Lindstrom

as Francis Reynolds

as (uncredited)

as FBI Radar Technician

as FBI Radar Technician

as Military Official

as FBI Agent Cord

as FBI Agent Star

as FBI Agent Hunt

as Paul the Hotel Barte...

as Lab Technician

as Seal Dando

as F.B.I. Agent Cord

as Kid on Motorcycle

as Park Ranger Bob

as Female Tourist

as Male Tourist

as Larry Henderson

as Alcatraz Park Ranger

as Alcatraz Park Ranger

as Alcatraz Park Ranger

as Cable Car Conductor

as Lead F-18 Pilot

as Rear F-18 Pilot

as Spotter

as Navy Seal

as Carla Pestalozzi
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Critic Reviews for The Rock

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

For action-adventure fans, it just doesn't get any better than The Rock.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Since the plot is ridiculous, The Rock works best when it's most light-hearted.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Rock

The pace is too fast to stop and think about the ridiculousness of this film and this summer blockbuster extraordinaire pulls you in.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

A thrilling and explosive great film led by a trio of fantastic actors and surprisingly well directed for a Michael Bay movie, and it also impresses for how the smart script introduces many narrative elements which turn out to play an important role further in the story.

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Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Michael Bay's second feature film and his best. The film demonstrates everything that was exhilarating about 90's action flicks. The film is full of exciting gun fights, a great car chase in the middle of San Francisco, and explosions. When Michael Bay blows things up, he blows them up good. Despite the film's overall silly premise, the actors make it believable. The three main leads give fantastic performances. Nicolas Cage is funny, and Ed Harris gives a surprising amount of depth to his character. The guy that steals the show however, is Sean Connery. Every line that comes out of his mouth, is priceless. Michael Bay sets out to make fun popcorn flicks and in this instance, he succeeds with flying colors.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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