This film represents the apex of the pre-CGI big budget action blockbuster. Every character is an archetype, every other line is a cheesy ready-made trailer soundbite. The situation is implausible not from any unbelievable specifics, just the stacking of them into a ridiculously intense rube goldberg action playground. Also has nice scenery for anyone who's gone on the Alcatraz tour.
Why a 5-star rating? Why a "The Criterion Collection" DVD release Years before Pedro Costa was on their catalogue?A sample>"Fall in! All right, listen up: Mr. Mason will run point for us. Lieutenant Shepard will be attached to his hip. You breathe, he breathes with you; you piss, he helps. Understood? Dr. Goodspeed is our specialist: when he neutralizes the threat, we launch green flares and we wait for the cavalry"▽
He does it again. Plot? who cares ? Characters? cheesy! Action ? All over the place! Hey at least it has Ed Harris saying really cool evil lines and Sean and Nic hamming it up(and getting PAID!). Plus who doesn't love Michael Biehn and William Forsythe. Michael Bay lives on and continues to devour the universe( oh shit that's armageddon, ah who gives a shit they dont!)
Apart from some funny dialogues between Connery and Cage, the screenplay is very weak. This is popcorn movie, no sooner watched than forgotten. None of the characters has a psychological profile, they are only puppets in front of Michael Bay's camera. We have the cinema that we deserve. Unadvisable.
This right here is Michael Bay doing what he does best. THE ROCK has a high-concept premise, memorable characters, snazzy dialogue, and action scenes that are extremely entertaining. It's a really entertaining popcorn action movie that doesn't try to do more than what is asked of it, and while Bay's direction could be tighter in places, it's still a fun flick that I enjoy.