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The Rock

  R HD Closed Captioning

Michael Bay

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Plot Summary

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

What an Action Movie SHOULD Be

This is one of my favorite movies of all time because its suspenseful, action packed and the plot is very clever. Its a good movie for anyone who likes action movies. Its over 2 hours long but still manages to not bore you. A must have for your video collection.

Classic Action Movie of the '90s

This is such a sick movie. You know you want it.

Awesome Film

One of Michael Bay's finest films. The Rock was nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound and won an MTV Movie Award for Best On Screen Duo. Fast paced enough for even the biggest action junkie, but with a story line uncharacteristic of an action film. Amazing photography combines with lots of guns, cars and things blowing up. A must see!