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Chain Reaction (1996)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | 2 August 1996 (USA)
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Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.

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Dr. Alistair Barkley
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Morris Grodsky
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Eddie Kasalivich, an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, works as a technician for a scientific team that discovers an alternative, low-cost, pollution-free fuel source. When one of the chief scientists is murdered and the invention stolen, Eddie and physicist Lily Sinclair are framed for it and have to flee for their lives, with the FBI, CIA and other involved parties in close pursuit. Paul Shannon, Eddies mentor, is the director of a scientific company which - unknown to Eddie - has commercial interests in the invention. Eddie and Lily set out to find the stolen invention and hopefully clear themselves of the false charges. Written by The Ramp Runner

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Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence | See all certifications »

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2 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,546,000 (USA) (2 August 1996)

Gross:

$20,550,712 (USA) (27 September 1996)
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The actors could not do more than a couple of takes a day while shooting the ice hovercraft chase because of the unpleasant combination of cold air and high speed. See more »

Goofs

There seems to have been some confusion when writing the parts concerning the ostensible clean energy source - specifically, the writers are confusing the burning of hydrogen with hydrogen fusion. The two concepts meat almost head-on during Dr. Barkley's presentation in the beginning of the film; first, he holds up a glass of water and claims there's enough energy in it to power a whole city (which sort-of lines up with the energy density of hydrogen fusion), then almost immediately after goes on to speak about combustion of hydrogen.

It should be noted that while hydrogen fusion would indeed provide enormous amounts of energy, burning hydrogen derived from water produces less energy than it takes to split the water into oxygen and hydrogen. See more »

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Paul Shannon: Do you understand the concept, Lyman... Poor Impulse Control?
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits come to the end, the music fades out and a rumble gets louder and louder. This is the start of a shockwave resulting from the massive explosion at the end of the film. The viewpoint is of Keanu Reeves who by now is in a helicopter and comes straight on screen after the last of the credits has gone up. The ground implodes briefly and you hear Agent Ford say "Whoa!". See more »

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One Love
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Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Rachel Weisz
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Moderately successful chase movie
2 August 2003 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Eddie (Keanu Reeves) works on a scientific team that is searching for low-cost energy sources that are good for the environment, too. One day, it seems that such a discovery has been made. Soon after, however, the chief scientist is murdered and the invention stolen. Eddie and fellow team member Dr. Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz) are suspects in the murder and are forced to go on the run. Naturally, the police and the FBI are in hot pursuit. Another team member Paul (Morgan Freeman) may have some secrets to hide as well. Will the truth come out and will the fleeing duo be captured?

This movie is mostly a chase picture and a moderately successful one. Much of the action is centered on the capture of Eddie and Lily. There is an impressive scene, for example, where Eddie is trying to avoid seizure by climbing a raised bridge. Unfortunately, not all of the scenes are as effective. The scientific elements are quickly rushed over, causing some confusion as to what has transpired. As for the romance between Reeves and Weisz, it is nicely subdued. It's there but only manifests itself in a few embraces. Although the ending is quite exciting, the overall effect of the movie as an action flick is only partly realized. There are some missing plot elements that would have raised it to a higher level. Recommended as a fairly good action motion picture; Reeves fans, certainly, will enjoy it.


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