Millions of lives hang in the balance after a military madman (Ed Harris) seizes control of the island prison Alcatraz and threatens to launch deadly poison gas missiles at San Francisco. With time ticking away, a chemical weapons expert (Nicolas Cage) and a cunning federal prisoner (Sean Connery), who happens to be the only man to have broken out of Alcatraz, must now break in and disarm the missiles.
This is my favourite movie for many reasons! First of all, you've got the two "monsters" starring in one movie: Sir Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage. So, you know from the start that this movie is bound to be good. And it is indeed even better than good! It is great.
The plot seems pretty plausible, especially in this day and age. The cast is carefully selected and the performance put up by all the actors is just amazing.
Secondly, the film itself is very good. Be it the script, be it the music, be it I don't know what, the movie is worth having a place of its own in your DVD collection. Thirdly, the effects, although not very sophisticated are correctly used and complement the performances.