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The Rock (1996 Film)
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Tonight I found myself watch the 1996 Film 'The Rock' and something about it reminded me of a lame duck theory... that this film could be considered a 'James Bond' movie.
know for a time, just about every spy-thriller was considered a
‘James Bond’ knock-off, with often comparisons to the Sean
Connery lead films... but one thing these films didn’t have was
‘James Bond’... but then in 1996, a little film starring Nicholas
Cage, Ed Harris and of course Sean Connery, who plays a
character that one could say is James Bond in everything but ‘name’.
first up, have to mention the director Michael Bay... and this was
his second film following Bad Boys, and of the films that Bay pas
involved with, I consider this to be his best work, nothing overly
complex, a straight forward story of stop the bad guys.
plot is this, Ed Harris plays Brigadier General Hummel, who after
many years has grown tired of losing men in combat and their families
not receiving any benefits because the missions he was on were black
ops, totally off the books so if something went wrong, it meant the
US Government would not acknowledge them. He leads a group of Marines
turned rouge who steal some chemical weapons and proceeds to take
over the former prison Alcatraz, taking 80 hostages in the process.
The FBI and Pentagon come up with a couple of plans, the first is to
send in a US Navy Seal Team with a chemical weapons specialist
Stanley Goodspeed played by Nicolas Cage, who is ‘okay in the lab’
but has no field experience to neutralize Hummel’s weapons.
Cage's performance is somewhat all over the place, subdued in some areas and over the top in others, but considering his character is supposed to be in over his head, it works for the purpose of the story being told.
where does Sean Connery figure in? Well he plays John Mason, a former
British national who’s been in federal custody for 30 years, and at
one point he was incarcerated at The Rock, but escaped in 1963, only
to be recaptured some undisclosed time later. Throughout the film
there are numerous references to Mason’s exploits and his general
attitude and person is basically Bond’esq. The reason he’s been
in federal custody is because he stole a microfilm containing many
secrets that the United States government. He’s brought out of
prison and basically forced into helping the Seal Team into the
films itself at a little over two hours, is filled with a lot of
action, some great character moments. Ed Harris is great as General
who wants the right thing to be done by his fallen comrades, and sure
his tactics are drastic, but he certainly knows the stakes are high.
Connery and Cage had some great chemistry, and thankfully Cage even
at that point in his career had plenty of charisma so that he’s
known blown off screen by Connery’s coolness.
if you’ve never seen it, give it a shot, it’s certainly a perfect
film to watch on a weekend. And at this point in time, I do know it’s
up on Netflix.
said my friends and you are my friends, we’ll back for a Recap &
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