A highly decorated, retired U.S. Marine general (Ed Harris) seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages on the San Francisco Bay isle. His demand: Restitution to families of soldiers who died in covert operations. The response: An elite Navy SEAL team, with support from an FBI chemical-warfare expert (Nicolas Cage) and a former Alcatraz escapee (Sean Connery), is assembled to penetrate the terrorists’ defenses on the island and neutralize the threat before time runs out. The result: A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller with a first-rate cast, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. —The Criterion Collection
With his knack for staging visually flashy blockbuster mayhem, Michael Bay became the commercial leader among a new, 1990s generation of advertising-and-MTV-bred directors. Hollywood to the core, Bay has claimed that he was the illegitimate child of a popular director of the 1970s — although he won’t reveal who — and was given up for adoption at birth. Raised in Los Angeles, he spent his childhood staging Super-8 action movies. He studied film at Wesleyan University and the Pasadena Arts Center, where a Coke commercial he shot as a student project attracted offers to make the real thing. His Coke, Nike, Budweiser, and award-winning “Got Milk?” ads resulted in a 1994 Director’s Guild nomination for Best Commercial Director. He was then tapped by producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer to make the kind of slick escapism that defined their 1980s heyday; Bay’s directorial debut, Bad Boys (1995), became a star-maker for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
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What a stupid movie. I say that going in with an open mind, I had no malice toward Bay as I've seen none of his works (purposefully), but when I had the chance to see this in theaters and had heard it had some merit from even his critics, I bit. What a stupid fucking movie. I like Nic Cage and who doesn't like/enjoy/is amused by Sean Connery, but they couldn't save it. What a fucking stupid movie.
C’est fou de se dire que Michael Bay a quand même sorti un bon film. Enfin bon, faut pas déconner. Correct et amusant serait plus approprié. Le bourrin y va comme de coutume assez fort avec The Rock… read review