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The Rock

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Michael Bay

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About the Movie

For years Brigadier General Francis Xavier Hummel, a decorated military hero, has petitioned the United States Government to honor his men who have lost their lives in service to their country during highly covert military operations by providing their families the same benefits and tributes due other war veterans. For years his efforts have been scorned. Now, angry and determined to seek justice, Hummel and a crack team of commandos seize control of Alcatraz Island, taking hostage a group of tourists. If reparations are not immediately forthcoming, Hummel plans to launch a battery of rockets charged with lethal V.X. poison gas on the San Francisco Bay Area. The city's only hope for survival is FBI chemical/biological weapons expert, Stanley Goodspeed, and a top-secret federal prisoner, John Patrick Mason, who also happens to be the only known convict to have escaped the island fortress. With the clock ticking, this unlikely and reluctant duo, escorted by a U.S. Navy Seal team, embark on a desperate bid to infiltrate the island and detoxify the weapons before disaster strikes.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 64
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Pure why-not bravado, pumped-up and staggeringly dishonest but exciting just the same. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, May 27, 2014

Fresh: A popcorn-movie deluxe. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, May 27, 2014

Fresh: Slick, brutal and almost human, this is the team-spirit action movie Mission: Impossible should have been. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Slick and forceful, largely unconcerned with character, eager for any opportunity to pump up the volume both literally and metaphorically, The Rock is the kind of efficient entertainment that is hard to take pleasure in. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Best action movie of all time

What a great movie. Cage and Conery work so well together, the action is just what you'd expect from a Bruckheimer film. What more could you want.....explosions, car chases, gun-fights...overall non-stop action.

Buy it!

Sean Connory. He really Rock's.

Cage overshadowing Connery??

Not that Connery is anything short of a terrific actor, but this was one of Cage's best films, done before he lapsed into the trademark "deer in the headlights expression" period. Two minutes into the movie, your pulse is going to be well above normal, and it will likely stay that way due to the alternation of suspense and action. Bruckheimer really shined in this movie, and even if the plot is a bit contrived, the personalities - if not the actions - of the characters stays believable enough to keep you glued to the screen. The bad guys are bad - but with the exception of a few disposable near-extras, you feel their anguish, even as you hope they're defeated.