In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.
Stanley Goodspeed, who lives in Washington, D.C., is a biochemist who works for the F.B.I. Soon after his fiancée Carla Pestalozzi announces that she is pregnant, Stanley gets a call from F.B.I. Director James Womack. Womack tells Stanley that San Francisco's Alcatraz Island has been taken hostage, along with eighty-one tourists, by Marine General Francis Xavier Hummel who, for years, has been protesting the government's refusal to pay benefits to families of war veterans who died during covert military operations. The death of his wife Barbara on March 9, 1995 drove General Hummel over the edge, and now he's holding hostages in order to get his point across. Stanley is needed because General Hummel has stolen some VX gas warheads and has announced that he will launch them onto San Francisco unless his demands are met. Stanley knows how to disarm the bombs, but he needs someone who knows Alcatraz well enough to get him inside. That man is former British Intelligence Agent John Patrick...Written by
Nicolas Cage showed Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer Jaws (1975) to highlight Richard Dreyfuss' performance as what he wanted to do in the bomb-dismantling scene. "I admit that I steal from other places. I think that actors should be allowed to do that." See more »
Mason opens his cell by lassoing a release lever unlocks the door and allows it to swing open. There are two mistakes here. Firstly, all the cells in Alcatraz have sliding doors that are locked simultaneously by secure mechanisms at the end of each row. Secondly, the mechanisms that control the locks are housed in secure cabinets and require keys to operate. Opening an individual door with a piece of metal attached to a rope is simply not possible. See more »
Congressman Weaver and esteemed members of the Special Armed Services Committee, I come before you to protest a grave injustice... It has to stop.
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In the theatrical version, during the baby doll sarin-gas scene. The roaches reaction to the gas didn't make them just panic and hop around. There was a shot where they began to bleed a ridiculous amount red blood. The shot was talked about in Q&A section of Entertainment Weekly after the film's release in theaters. It was proven to be completely false to what would happen. The shot was later removed from all DVD and Video versions of the film. See more »
Wow! The Rock is one of the most rewatchable films I own. I've watched it countlessly, and it seems to have the quick, energizing effect of a good song that we love to play again and again. The dialogue is at times funny, always fresh, and sometimes intelligent. This film shines as an actioner that actually has a great, plausible plot, with some characters we wouldn't mind following on a journey. (I really liked Sean Connery's character; maybe a sequel with "Mr.John Mason"?)
And then there are the heavyweights in acting, a rarity in action films. Ed Harris, Sean Connery, Nic Cage, and a few others are so talented in reading their lines in a unique way, one can see that these are truly great actors. I loved Ed Harris' character, since it was not the standard black & white type, but a complex person. Who would've thought I'd be saying "complex" in an actioner? Well, that's how The Rock surprises you, like a vicious left hook to the face. Oh yeah, the Hans Zimmer score is a knockout, as always.
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