The Rock (1996)

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Action-vehicle with Nicholas Cage as the specialist who has to part-time as an unlikely action-hero and an old (though still impressive looking) Sean Connery as a world-weary, experienced action-hero character who is hunted by his past. All characters are larger than life, villains, good guys, even Alcatraz as the location where most of the action is taking place.

It’s not a movie where you want to look too closely at the plot, but if you can get beyond that, you get a nice thrill ride that works at least once, though subsequent viewings have reduced appeal. Still, Cage’s manic energy paired with Connery’s stick is a match made in heaven and even when you know just how unlikely everything is, you still want to suspend disbelief just because how amusing their dynamic is.

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