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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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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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

ITL 3,544,552,000 (Italy) (13 December 1996)
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Condolences are received from the British "Royal Academy" on the death of Dr. Alistair Barkley. The "Royal Academy" is an Arts institution; perhaps the writers' meant the "Royal Society." (Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK, dedicated to promoting excellence in science.) See more »

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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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16 September 2004 | by (Stockton, California) – See all my reviews

Actually, the above poster is incorrect. Reeves is a machinist in this movie who is helping the scientists build the parts not a scientist. And that matters in this movie because Reeves actually does pretty well for once as an actor.

The concept of the movie isn't a new one, an industrial-military conspiracy to control technology because the masses aren't "ready" to deal with it yet. Freeman actually played the most interesting character. He kind of flip-flops throughout the movie and you're not sure what to think of him until the final scene.

Regardless, it wasn't the best movie nor the worst movie ever made. Reeves acted pretty well and the writing was semi-believable. If you're looking for a fast paced movie that you don't have to think too much on

  • this movie isn't a bad rental to see.



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