The Rock


(out of 5)

If you like your action movies loud as can be, you’ll love this adrenaline-pumped ride by Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbour). When an unbalanced Vietnam vet () decides to take refuge on Alcatraz with his band of renegade soldiers and hold San Francisco hostage with a dangerous chemical bomb in his possession, FBI operative  (one of his most fun and lively roles) enlists the help of ex-convict , a former prisoner of Alcatraz who actually managed to escape. Lots of great set pieces, action scenes involving car chases and last-minute-nick-of-time-stop-the-bomb moments, but Bay always overdoes it with the queasily colourful photography and slow-motion sequences, making his films more tiresome than enjoyable.

Hollywood Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films

USA, 1996

Directed by

Story by , , Screenplay by David Weisberg, Douglas Cook,

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Academy Awards 1996

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