62: The Rock (only 15 years later)

The Rock – June 17, 1996
Starring: Sean Connery, Ed Harris, Nicolas Cage
Written by: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook, Mark Rosner
Directed by: Michael Bay

The plot: “A renegade general and his group of U.S. Marines take over Alcatraz and threaten San Francisco Bay with biological weapons. A chemical weapons specialist and the only man to have ever escaped from the Rock attempt to prevent chaos.” – IMDB

My thoughts: Yep, just 15 years after release and I finally sat down with my big bro and watched The Rock. I don’t think I would have appreciated it at the age of 6, but at the age of 22, it was glorious.

First things first, in Sean Connery’s first scenes, he looked like an unstable, homeless Gandalf or Dumbledore which I took utter delight it. He’s usually so clean-cut and surly. Initially, he was a hot mess and surly but soon enough, he was lookin’ fresh. And who had the best lines? Sean did. DUH. Perhaps one of my favorites was after Nic Cage said he’d “do his best”. I can’t wait to use it as soon as the next opportunity presents itself. Here! I’ve gone ahead and embedded it for your viewing pleasure, as it seems all of the Internet loves it, too!

Nic Cage was…Nic Cage. I don’t know what more I can say. If you don’t know what that means, then I don’t believe you’re a real human.

It was a Michael Bay movie. It was rife with explosions and lots of gun action – could anything less be expected? And it wasn’t shitty, super over-the-top action because this shit is vintage Michael Bay when he still had to at least pretend he was getting some plot mixed in with those explosives.

It was, assuredly, a cliched action movie. But most importantly, was it entertaining? Were there some unbelievable lines that I’d like to go back through and jot down so I never forget? YES. A million times, YES.

Stars: 4/5


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