The Rock (1996)
USA / English
"Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in. "A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when soldiers threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.
Slick and powerful.
This is a brilliantly original movie that sees a USMC General out to
get justice for the betrayal of fellow soldiers during various
conflicts. Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris are all on top-form
in their roles as an SAS former convict (Connery), an easy-going
government chemical weapons expert (Cage) and a disgruntled war hero
(Harris). The bulk of the movie takes place on Alcatraz Island in San
Francisco, where Ed Harris' character has stolen poison gas rockets and
is holding the city to ransom. Michael Bay delivers brilliant action
sequences with massive enthusiasm, resulting in high-octane scenes. The
movie also bosts a powerful and emotional score right from the opening
credits. The movie never gets boring or confusing and is dazzling all
the way to the final, explosive climax. This is a movie best suited to
die hard action fans due to it's loud, over-the-top style. Michael Bay
proves to be one of the best action film directors with this movie
which is one of the best of 1996.
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