|“||You alert the media, I launch the gas. You refuse payment, I launch the gas. You've got forty hours, until noon, day after tomorrow, to arrange transfer of the money. I am aware of your countermeasure. You know and I know it doesn't stand a chance. Hummel from Alcatraz, out.||„|
|~ General Hummel's instructions to the Pentagon before hung up and disconnecting.|
|“||This isn't about terrorism, it's about justice. It's about reminding you people of something you find politically convenient to forget.||„|
|~ General Hummel talking to General Al Kramer on the satellite phone|
|“||I'll come straight to the point. 83 Force Reconnaissance Marines have died under my various commands. 47 in Northern Laos and Southern China.||„|
|~ General Hummel talking to General Al Kramer from the Pentagon.|
Brigadier General Francis Xavier Hummel, also known as Gen. Hummel and "Frank", is the anti-hero of the 1996 movie The Rock.
Hummel is a USMC Force Recon officer and renegade military commander who, displeased with the U.S. military's poor regard for its fallen Marines, seizes 15 V.X. gas rockets to hold the city of San Francisco hostage unless the payment for the Marines' families is given.
He was portrayed by Ed Harris who later played Mitch Wilkinson in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
Military Career and Becoming Vicious
Before the movie began, he served numerous tours during his career in the Marine Corps, including in Vietnam, Panama, Grenada and Desert Storm. He eventually made the rank of Brigadier General and was given command. However, Hummel began to crumble within upon seeing the way his country treated the men who fought for it: he saw many fine FORECON Marines die on illegal, clandestine missions around the world, and the U.S. government, in order to keep the missions off public record, covered up their deaths, denied compensation such as posthumous medals for the fallen Marines and military benefits for their families, and even sometimes left their bodies to rot in the foreign countries the missions took place in. Even worse, Hummel was forced to be the one to have to choke on these lies and atrocities during his whole career. Finally, Hummel decided that drastic measures needed to be taken in order to get the U.S. to respect its soldiers again.
After giving a new bouquet of flowers and a sympathetic statement to his late wife Barbara at her grave, Hummel led his FORECON Marines in a plot of stealing 15 V.X. gas rockets from the Naval Weapons Depot, in which he lost one of his own men in the process. On a tour of Alcatraz Island, Hummel and his men captured 81 tourists and the tour guide, except the children whom he politely asked them to go home with their teacher. After that, he threatened that he would launch the V.X. gas rockets towards San Francisco unless the government paid $100 million from a military slush fund, which he would distribute to his men and the families of the 83 Marines who lost their lives for his cause.
Mason and Goodspeed's Arrival and First Showdown
Upon hearing that a U.S. Navy SEAL team arrived with an FBI chemical specialist Stanley Goodspeed and ex-SAS Captain John Patrick Mason involved, his men killed them all (except for the two protagonists) despite his orders not to shoot. When things got out of control, he threatened that Goodspeed and Mason return the guidance chips or he would kill a hostage. The protagonists were both captured and placed in prison cells.
Frye's Betrayal and Death
When a V.X. gas warhead fired the next day, Hummel changed the coordinates and sent it to the sea instead as he had no intention to harm innocent civilians living in San Francisco. His men argued with him over what went wrong. Hummel ordered his men to evacuate with the remaining rockets in the helicopters and four hostages as well. With the bluff called, his men (other than Major Tom Baxter who had been Hummel's bodyguard) betrayed him and wanted to proceed with the rocket launch.
Hummel and Baxter managed to shoot some of the betrayers before Hummel himself was shot while Baxter was killed. Goodspeed pulled him to safety while Mason providing cover fire and the dying general, with his last breath, told Goodspeed to go to the lower lighthouse for the last V.X. rocket.
His death would later be avenged when Goodspeed ended up killing all of his treasonous Marines.
- Hummel was the main antagonist for most of the movie but was ultimately killed off to make way for the true main villain to take over. Due to his concern for the families of deceased marines, he was more of an anti-hero to begin with. This considers viewers to believe that Hummel was a tragic and sympathetic villain.