The Rock

The Rock

Michael Bay (1996)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
Neither as cartoonish as Con Air, nor as sentimental as Armageddon, this most satisfying of blockbuster movies deserves further kudos for establishing Nicolas Cage as one of Hollywood's unlikeliest action heroes. The setting is Alcatraz, which has been taken over by disenchanted general Ed Harris and his crack team of marines, who are threatening to launch deadly poison-gas rockets to contaminate San Francisco. In desperation, the FBI pairs chemical warfare expert Cage with jailed former SAS man Sean Connery, who, as the only man to have escaped from the notorious island prison, is seen as their best option to break in. Director Michael Bay's boyish enthusiasm for outlandish stunts and carefree destruction is extremely contagious and even the most cynical viewers will find it difficult not to feel rushes of adrenaline during the numerous slick set pieces.


A renegade general and his crack team of mercenaries take over the abandoned fortress prison of Alcatraz and threaten San Francisco with toxic nerve-gas rockets to extort a massive ransom. To break their stranglehold on the city, the FBI sends in a chemical weapons expert and a jailed SAS veteran, chosen because he is the only man to have ever escaped from the infamous penitentiary. Action thriller, with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris.

Cast & Crew

John Patrick Mason Sean Connery
Dr Stanley Goodspeed Nicolas Cage
Brig Gen Francis X Hummel Ed Harris
Maj Tom Baxter David Morse
Sgt Crisp Bokeem Woodbine
Cdr Anderson Michael Biehn
Capt Darrow Tony Todd
FBI Director James Womack John Spencer
Special Agent Ernest Paxton William Forsythe
Carla Pestalozzi Vanessa Marcil
Capt Frye Gregory Sporleder
Capt Hendrix John C McGinley
Director Michael Bay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scene. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray