The Rock

The Rock: when some miffed ex-military seize Alcatraz and aim chemical rockets at San Fran, a SWAT team is sent in to the save he day. Unlike most run-of-the-mill action films this is genuinely intense in parts, and has a substantial story – particularly the bad guys cause, which makes you question if it’s wrong to be rooting for them. Connery plays a blinder, reprising the James Bond role (great article here) and owning every scene he’s in with all the best lines. Cage does his crazy/comedy acting that somehow fits the tone of the film perfectly, and you couldn’t hand pick a better bunch of bad guys if you tried. The only downside is that there are some ridiculous attempts at comedy that fail terribly, and undermine / cheapen the film. Despite that little niggle, It’s almost incomprehensible that Michael Bay used to make films this good. Brilliant 1990s action affair. Ahhhh, Nicolas Cage and his green balls…

Score: 8.5/10

6 comments
  1. Suprised you never mentioned the car chase scene… one of the best out there I think!

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  2. Dan said:

    Although I’m not a huge fan of The Rock there is one scene I love. It occurs when the marines get trapped in that shower room or whatever it is and they’re basically F.U.B.A.R. thanks to their tactical position. I just think it’s a really powerful scene.

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  3. Stu said:

    Ha! Glad to see I’m not the only one with a soft spot for this wonderful tripe. Michael Bay’s best by far…

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  4. Stu – Totally. It’s mindblowing to think that he could be a proper action director and storyteller. Definitely must have sold his soul to Satan at some point…

    Dan – Yes, that shower scene is among the best in the film, so tense, and you have no idea what’s going to happen until someone pulls a trigger

    Cal – Car chase was good, but so, sooo cheesy OTT!!!

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  5. This is one of those great movies that as you watch it, you begin to remember more and more great moments that are still to come. Notably the car chase, always forget it’s in there!

    “Your “best”! Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.”

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Whole heartedly agree, although, this was the very first time I’d ever seen this – it’s one of my girlfriend’s favourite films ever!! (I know, major deduction of man-points).

      Even now, weeks later, I genuinely can’t believe this was Michael Bay.

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