The Rock

{5/5} “You know, you’re almost the only evidence that I exist.”

The Rock, released in 1996

General Hummel wants the US military to tell the truth about soldiers who have died while conducting illegal operations in other countries. Since no one will listen to him, he and a handpicked group of men steal 15 VX poision gas rockets and hold a group of tourists hostage on Alcatraz. They point the rockets at San Francisco, and Hummel demands $100 million dollars.

Some of the explosions are a bit over the top but it’s a terrific action movie with a sympathetic antagonist. It’s generally serious but there are some funny parts.

It’s about honour. It’s about what can go wrong when you make plans with men with guns.

The storyline is more interesting than the average action movie.

Stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris. Other familiar faces include John Spencer, David Morse, Michael Biehn, Tony Todd, and John C. McGinley.

Directed by Michael Bay (Armageddon).

The music by Nick Glennie-Smith and Hans Zimmer is one of my favourite action soundtracks. There are a small number of motifs that are repeated throughout, but those motifs are glorious.

This is probably the 3rd time I’ve seen it.

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