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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2005
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2001
Format: DVD
"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. Full of explosions, high-speed chases that involve not only motor vehicles but also a ski-boat on a frozen lake, and an on-foot chase sequence in a museum that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This movie never fails in giving us one piece of action after another, and this continues throughout the movie.
However, there are some glitches in the story that require repeated viewings in order to solve the entire puzzle. For instance, we never really get to understand the motives of Shannon and his partner, both of whom want the system and its plans for themselves. Why do they want it? For the money? For some other plan? Also, the dynamic of the relations between these two underworld people is never really given a chance to grow, and in the end, they go from agreeing on obtaining the system plans to arguing over whether or not they should dispose of Eddie and Lily. This sharp veer into their contrasts is just one of the unexplained aspects of the story, which feeds us a bit too much at times and tends of overload the circuits.
Nonetheless, if you are able to decifer the story in your first viewing, or you watch it repeatedly, you will find that it is smart, highly intelligent, and when figured out, the fast pace of the plot is quite admirable and enjoyable all in one. The movie is a terrific story of the old spin on who you are supposed to trust, and who is your enemy. Eddie and Lily are never in any real danger from Shannon; if they were to give him the plans, they would have no worries. His partner is the cutthroat of the two, and unlike his partner's easy-going attitude about his dealings, he takes a more serious and intimidated approach to his actions. There is also a small budding romance between Lily and Eddie, but it never gets in the way of the action, and helps it along when Eddie must rescue her.
The actors involved all work nicely in their roles, especially Morgan Freeman, who fits perfectly in the role. He plays Paul Shannon, and does so well in carrying out the mystery and unknown behind his character. Keanu Reeves pkays Eddie Kasalivich, and carries out the action with the same integrity and believability that he displayed in "Speed." This is a role he was born to play. Rachel Weisz plays Lily Sinclair, whose character is required to remain aloof and strong in certain moments during the movie. Weisz does this with terrific and powerful acting, and the chemistry between her and Keanu is very extreme but easily suppressible in the face of all that goes on throughout the movie.
There is a lot of good work put into "Chain Reaction," despite its plot flaws and missing puzzle pieces. You'll find that you pay more attention to the action and surface story the first time around, and after that, you'll have more time to pay attention to the underlying story of conspiracy and deception. No matter what you may think, though, there is no denying that the action of this film is truly remarkable and innovative.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2001
Format: DVD
A team of scientists in Chicago have developed a new source of energy. Amist a government cover up the leader of the project is murdered and the lab is destroyed. Two of the scientists on the project, Eddie Kasalivich(Keanu Reeves) and Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz) are named as suspects and go on the run in a desperate attempt to uncover the conspiracy. Evading the F.B.I., local police and assasins they turn to the founder of the project Paul Shannon (Morgan Freeman) for help. But in a world of conspiracy and espionage who can be trusted?
Chain Reaction is packed full of great action sequences. This film contains two of the best chase scenes I have ever seen and several great explosions. All of the roles were perfectly cast especially Morgan Freeman. The picture is perfect and the sound is great in DTS. The DVD is however lacking in options. It only contains trailers for Chain Reaction, Point Break, Unlawful Entry and Big Trouble In Little China. All in all a good DVD at a decent price.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2005
Format: DVD
the first time i saw this movie i really didn't think to much about it, but after a 2nd viewing i have to admit that i did like it more. it's silly and unbeliveable but it is fun and thats the point!! they all try so hard to make the story work and in spite of the holes in the script it works. a good family action movie. for the price it's worth a look!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: VHS Tape
This is a very good action movie that seems to fall apart at the end and the script has a makeshift feeling to it in the last few scenes. Keanu Reeves gives a wonderful performance however...he has a heavier "man on the street" look and a "diamond in the rough" quality in this. A lot of hard work was put into this film (some of it in extremely cold water !) and most of the action scenes are terrific, (the one on the bridge is great !)so it's well worth it for those of us who appreciate Keanu's talent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
"Chain Reaction" takes place in the not-so-far future. The world's resources are disappearing and wars are breaking out because of this. So together a team of research scientist are working on a way to use water (H2O) to use as energy. Working on the project include Paul Shannon (Morgan Freeman), mechanic Eddie Kasalivich (Keanu Reeves) and physicist Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz). After years of work, the experiment has become a reality! But before any of the news could be told to anyone, the lab is destroyed including also the four block radius of the place. Before anything can be explained, Eddie and Lily are framed for conspiracy against the government to steal their work to sell to other governments. Eddie and Lily are now fugitives being hunted down by the FBI headed by Leon Ford (Fred Ward) and Doyle (Kevin Dunn). Since everyone believes that they are terrorists and traitors, Eddie and Lily must set out themselves to find out the truth of the matter.
I must say that "Chain Reaction" was a little better than I expected it to be, except on the whole it didn't measure up to any of my favorite movies. Good points of the movie are: 1) The three main actors Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, and Rachel Weisz do a pretty good job in portraying their characters. I also liked the FBI agent played by Fred Ward. 2) The action sequences were actually quite good, the best part of the movie being the 'bridge' scene and of course, the end was exciting! 3) The locations were interesting, from imaginary places in the future and also some actual locations. But the disappointing part of the movie (which made it a 3 star movie for me) is because of the plot. The whole general plot and outline was a good one, interesting yet believable. But some parts of the story just didn't click or just seemed to be put there just as a filler. Also, not enough twists. By the middle of the movie you can guess what's going on and also guess what's going to happen. So as I said, the movie COULD have been better.
For another movie similar to this one, try "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones which was a terrific movie. A lot more violent but it had a better plot. For a good Keanu Reeves movie, "The Matrix" is the BEST and Rachel Weisz is also good in "The Mummy".
PG-13 rating because of some language and some violence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 15, 2003
Format: DVD
I expected this movie to be awful. It wasn't. I guess it helps that I'm from Chicago and part of the movie takes place here. Even without that help, it's solid. Keanu Reeves gives his standard good-guy action performance. This movie is done be the same guys that did The Fugitive, and it shows. The movies have a lot of similarities.
Rachel Weisz does an admirable job and Morgan Freeman is, well, Morgan Freeman. Always solid. Sure, there's some cheesy dialogue. But you know you're not going in to see Shakespeare.
The sound quality of this DVD is excellent. Crank up the subwoofer for the explosions. Picture quality is also well-done.
If you don't mind somewhat cheesy action movies, try checking this one out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2008
Format: DVD
I had no recall of this film despite the pedigree of director Andrew Davis and stars Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, and Rachel Weisz. After having seen it I wish it never existed. When this alleged thriller is not formulaic the story line is just plain muddled. At times Davis channels some of the inspiration from his masterwork, "The Fugitive", but all for naught because it's wasted in this pointless exercise. The aforementioned actors who can usually be counted on to elevate material are at a loss in this inert enterprise. Forgettable in the extreme.
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