The Rock

ALCATRAZ. ONLY ONE MAN HAS EVER BROKEN OUT. NOW FIVE MILLION LIVES DEPEND ON TWO MEN BREAKING IN. 

When a group of rogue Marines threatens to attack San Francisco from Alcatraz with chemical weapons, the FBI puts the only man who ever broke out of the prison and survived in charge of a Navy SEAL team. Michael Bay followed up Bad Boys (1995) with this hugely successful action thriller that is gorgeous to look at and has a crazy, engaging first half. But after a while the protracted story and overblown attitude begin to drag the movie down, even though Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery are fun. The music score has become a classic in the genre.

1996-U.S. 136 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Michael Bay. Music: Hans Zimmer, Nick Glennie-Smith. Cast: Sean Connery (John Mason), Nicolas Cage (Stanley Goodspeed), Ed Harris (Frank Hummel), Michael Biehn, William Forsythe, David Morse… John Spencer, John C. McGinley, Tony Todd, Claire Forlani, Jim Caviezel.

Trivia: Co-executive produced by Connery. Arnold Schwarzenegger was allegedly considered for one of the leads. Quentin Tarantino and Aaron Sorkin worked on the script.

 

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