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Chain Reaction

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A student machinist (Keanu Reeves) finds himself caught in a maze of secret government cover-ups, hi-tech espionage and murder after working on a ground-breaking scientific experiment. Eddie Kasalivich (Reeves) and Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz) are part o

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Anyone want to venture a guess that Keanu Reeves was sorry he passed up Speed 2 to make this turkey? Both a ridiculous suspense piece about a renegade intelligence community and an ill-considered hunk of do-gooder agitprop about alternative energy technology, Chain Reaction makes Reeves and almost everyone else involved look about as dumb as dumb can be. Hollywood's own Little Buddha plays a streetwise lab technician who survives an organized assault on his hydrogen-power project. The FBI assumes he's really a spy working for some foreign power, but the truth is that a CIA offshoot is behind the project's funding. Morgan Freeman plays the ramrod-straight company man who sabotages Keanu's excellent experiment, and Rachel Weisz portrays a physicist who goes on the run with the alleged saboteur. Directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive), who seems more interested in seeing how many absurd places he can mount a chase scene than offering a solid clue as to who these characters are and why we should care about them. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn
  • Directors: Andrew Davis
  • Writers: Arne Schmidt, J.F. Lawton, Josh Friedman, Michael Bortman, Rick Seaman
  • Producers: Andrew Davis, Arne Schmidt
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A3KT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chain Reaction" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Made in 1996, this is a good action movie that Keenu Reeves did after "Speed". The story is first rate and has held up well considering the continued oil shortages over the years. Keenu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Morgan Freeman, Fred Ward, and Brian Cox are magnificent in this taut thriller about espionage over a hydrogen reactor that puts out more energy than runs it. I am a little surprised at the criticism because the explosion looked like a small hydrogen bomb. Perhaps hydrogen under pressure exploding doesn't look the same, but this is still a good action movie. Considering the abundence of hydrogen, a working reactor is something the whole world wants. Reeves plays an engineer and Ward a physicist working for Freeman. When the head of the project is murdered, another disappears, and the lab is demolished in a 4 block explosion, things get dicey as the FBI hangs the blame on Reeves and thinks Ward is involved as well. Good quality DVD with extras to boot. I recommend this for the all but the very young.
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"Chain Reaction," the high-octane action thriller from the director of "The Fugitive," is a stunning setpiece for some of the most intense and high-speed action sequences that have ever graced a film of this genre. The suspense and movement throughout the movie is so well-crafted and inventive that is keeps the movie moving at nonstop full speed. But that's the one problem with it: this is really the only thing that keeps it moving. The story of conspiracy and deception does have a lot of intelligence to it, probably too much intelligence, which is why we never really get a full explanation of the events of the story in the end. But nonetheless, if you watch it enough, you'll figure it out for the rest while enjoying the action many times over.
On the outskirts of Chicago, a group of determined scientists is working on a new source of energy, which involves the burning of hydrogen and a highly complex system of keeping the source plentiful. Student machinist Eddie Kasalivich cracks the key in stabilizing the system, but the rejoicing of the group is short-lived when they project leader is murdered and and the laboratory is completely destroyed by a hydrogen explosion. As the FBI begins investigating, Eddie, along with partner Lily Sinclair, also begin picking up small clues which lead to their being framed for the crimes under investigation. As the detectives get closer to catching them, they run further, relying on help from project founder Paul Shannon, who really wants them in order to relearn the energy process for his own benefit.
There is such a high amount of intense action that the movie never stops moving, and we are willing to stick with it despite a few story flaws.
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As far as action goes, it gets 5 stars; however, just great action sequences don't make up for a very confusing plot. Keanu's runaway from the explosion on his motorcycle, the drawbridge and hovercraft action sequences were great! These scenes and several others definitely save this movie.
The acting was very good especially by Morgan Freeman and Keanu Reeves. Rachel Weisz was good but did not portray anywhere near as much charisma as Freeman and Reeves.
The chemistry was there almost from the beginning between Eddie (Reeves) and Lily (Weisz) but not even one kiss! I don't think the director, Andrew Davis watched "The Terminator." I wish he had; then he would have discovered that a love scene could have been implemented successfully.
If you are a Morgan Freeman or Keanu Reeves fan you will enjoy to rent this out and watch it twice. I wouldn't recommend buying it. (If you want to see Morgan Freeman at his best, go buy "Shawshank Redemption." If you want Keanu Reeves at his best, go buy "The Matrix" and "A Walk in the Clouds.")
Chain Reaction is good but not anywhere close to "The Fugitive."
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This movie is one of the better action films to come out of Hollywood since Speed, which also starred Keanu Reeves. Combining suspense, chases and a plot that never tells why until the end, this is one of those films that keep its audiences entertained, tuned in, and waiting on the edge of their seat holding their breath for what comes next. Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz, while being an unlikely pair of love interests, have a chemistry unmatched by many others, and they play their characters to perfection. The special effects, when required, work very well, though sometimes one can tell the difference between reality and wizardry. But this movie still remains a true action thriller, and I recommend it to all who saw Speed, whether they liked Speed or not.
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when this first came out i thought this was just a failed atempt to make a big action movie. i was less than impressed, but after seeing it a second and third time i have to say it , well mit grew on me. the story is silly , the acting in some places is the pits , and some chases seem to be there just to have a chase, but the cast tries it's best to pull off this mess and they almost make it.

this is a good family action movie that has few cuss words and very little gore,so turn the brain off and just enjoy the ride.
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