The Rock

 
An explosive, violent, mile-a-minute actioner.
  • Review Date: September 21, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 136 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Film depicts terrorists who shoot and threaten civilians with weapons.

Violence

Bloody shoot-out scenes; one guy gets impaled; some characters' skin gruesomely burns off due to a chemical reaction.

Sex

Contains one non-nude sex scene.

Language

Lots of profanity.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are explosions, violent shoot-outs, fistfight scenes, and gruesome scenes of chemical burns. Language should also be noted as many characters curse throughout the film. There is one sex scene. The "R" rating is appropriate; the movie is way too intense and violent for kids.

What's the story?

When ex-marines plan a nerve gas attack on San Francisco via a stakeout on Alcatraz, the US government calls on two men to help save the day. Stanley Goodspeed (Nicholas Cage), a sassy nuclear weapon expert is teamed up with John Mason (Sean Connery), the only man who ever escaped from Alcatraz. General Hummel (Ed Harris) leads the ex-marine charge to seek monetary reparations for families of forgotten soldiers killed during covert operations. San Francisco is in the hands of Goodspeed and Mason and their team, and soon the city by the bay is besieged by explosions, car chases, shoot-out scenes, and an out-of-control trolley.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As expected from Jerry Bruckheimer (Producer) and Michael Bay (Director) who have teamed up before in Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor, and Armageddon, THE ROCK is a high-octane action flick. Over-the-top explosions and cheesy one-liners make this film typical Hollywood. This increases entertainment value, but it brings nothing new to the table and the plot is predictable. Another flaw is the over-used "good cop/bad cop" cliché.

If you want action and entertainment, THE ROCK delivers, but if you want something more than predictable Hollywood, it may not be the film for you. It contains vulgar language and lots of violence, but mature teenagers and adults could find it highly entertaining.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the topic of terrorism, as it aptly applies to the US's current situation.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1996
DVD release date:December 2, 1997
Cast:Ed Harris, Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery
Director:Michael Bay
Studio:Buena Vista
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:136 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong violence, language and a sex scene

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Adult Written byMi3 February 7, 2011
age 14+
 

NOT FOR ANYONE UNDER 14

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 7 years old April 24, 2011
age 8+
 
i'm 8 and I can watch it. its violent and has profanity but i don't think its that bad! Its my fav movie
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old August 26, 2010
age 13+
 

Good 4 tweens

I am 12, and I could handle this movie. But taking you small children to see this movie is going to be the worst mistake you will ever make! WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY too much violence and language!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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