The Rock

1996

The Rock

Critics Consensus

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

66%

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Total Count: 64

86%

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User Ratings: 305,073
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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 island prison of Alcatraz. He and his men are threatening to bomb San Francisco with deadly gas unless $100 million is paid in war reparations to the families of servicemen killed in covert operations. Goodspeed is teamed with former British spy John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), the only man ever to escape "The Rock," as well as a Navy SEAL team. When their military escorts are ambushed, it's up to odd couple Goodspeed and Mason to break into Alcatraz and stop Hummel. The Rock was the last film produced by Simpson, who died of a drug overdose before the film's release. Solo, his partner Bruckheimer continued making the sort of glossy, frenetic films for which the duo was famed. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Sean Connery
as John Patrick Mason
Nicolas Cage
as Stanley Goodspeed
Ed Harris
as Gen. Francis X. Hummel
Michael Biehn
as Charles Anderson
William Forsythe
as Eddie Paxton
David Morse
as Major Tom Baxter
John Spencer
as FBI Director Womack
John C. McGinley
as Marine Capt. Hendrix
Tony Todd
as Capt. Darrow
Bokeem Woodbine
as Sgt. Crisp
Danny Nucci
as Agent Shepard
Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
as Carla Pestalozzi
Jim Maniaci
as Private Scarpetti
Greg Collins
as Private Gamble
Steve Harris
as Private McCoy
Claire Forlani
as Jade Angelou
Celeste Weaver
as Stacy Richards
Todd Louiso
as Marvin Isherwood
David Bowe
as Dr. Ling
Raquel Krelle
as Agent Margie Wood
Dennis Chalker
as Seal Boyer
Marshall R. Teague
as Seal Reigert
Duffy Gaver
as Seal Dando
Steve Decker
as Navy Seal
Joseph Hawes
as Navy Seal
Carlos Sandoval
as Navy Seal
Mike Mahrer
as Navy Seal
Rick Toms
as Navy Seal
Billy Devlin
as Navy Seal
Jack Yates
as Hummel Marine `A'
Juan A. Riojas
as Hummel Marine `B'
Joseph Patrick Kelly
as Hummel Marine `C'
Ingo Neuhaus
as Marine That Dies
Harry Humphries
as Navy Admiral
Howard Platt
as Louis Lindstrom
Willie Garson
as Francis Reynolds
John Nathan Turner
as FBI Radar Technician
Robert M. Anselmo
as FBI Radar Technician
Jack Ford
as Military Official
T.J. Hageboeck
as FBI Agent Cord
Dwight Hicks
as FBI Agent Star
Ralph Peduto
as FBI Agent Hunt
Anthony Clark
as Paul the Hotel Bartender
Andy Ryan
as Lab Technician
Sean Skelton
as Kid on Motorcycle
Raymond O'Connor
as Park Ranger Bob
Luenell
as Female Tourist
John W. Love Jr.
as Male Tourist
Sam Whipple
as Larry Henderson
Tom Towles
as Alcatraz Park Ranger
Robert Ben Rajab
as Alcatraz Park Ranger
Ronald Simmons
as Alcatraz Park Ranger
Leonard McMahan
as Cable Car Conductor
Anthony Guidera
as Lead F-18 Pilot
Jim Caviezel
as Rear F-18 Pilot
John Enos III
as Sea Stallion Pilot
Ken Kells
as Spotter
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Critic Reviews for The Rock

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (42) | 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

  • 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
  • Jun 27, 2012
    I'm not a fan of Michael Bay works because he ruined giant robots for me with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, produced an inferior remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street, and made so many inaccuracies with Pearl Harbor. Putting criticism of his career aside, I'll admit he directed one very entertaining action flick. The Rock is about a renegade general and his group of U.S. Marines take over Alcatraz and threaten San Francisco Bay with biological weapons. A chemical weapons specialist (Cage) and the only man to have ever escaped from the Rock (Connery/James Bond), attempt to prevent chaos. With the exception of The Island which he ripped off, it's your usual Bay movie with little focus on plot, big action, great cast, and his signatures explosions. Unfortunately another of Bay convention make it ways into this movie, cliches and plenty of them. They definitely make the movie predictable, but at the same time it's thanks to the great cast. The story is decent with some great action scenes. Although I will say the villain is a disappointment, some of the important characters are thrown aside, but when it comes to action movies this truly delivers what your expecting. If you're not expecting much from the story The Rock will satisfy. Although the acting is both a mix of good and bad, the cast is well put together. Sean Connery might be old, but man is he badass as a ruthless killing machine. Plus I found it more fun when I pretended his character was called James Bond and those so called elite U.S. marines got on Connery. Nicholas Cage on the other hand is not as impressive, I think it's mostly because he spent a chuck running away from the evil marines and constantly needs James Bond to save him. Putting Cage character aside, his acting is enjoyable though the clear winner is Connery who keeps stealing scene after scene. Connery and Cage surprisingly make a great pair with great chemistry and they're comedic is spot on delivering some laughs. The music is standard and forgettable, but it gets the jobs done for building up tension. Though Michael Bay might not be the best director they're no denying he knows how satisfy his audience. The Rock is a decent action movie that benefits from a great cast, a decent story, and delivers a thrilling experience. If you're in the mood for a Michael Bay movie or just a good action flick, The Rock completely delivers on entertainment.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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