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Chain Reaction (1996)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | 2 August 1996 (USA)
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. Eddie and Lilly were involved in the research that was done at this first lab. The first lab was sabotaged and it exploded. One of the chief scientists is murdered during the attack and the sabotage of the lab, 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 secret CIA contractor which - unknown to Eddie - has commercial interests in the lab equipment. Eddie and Lily flee police, FBI and CIA secret contractors but Lily winds getting captured and is driven to the underground experimental lab. Eddie follows Lily to this not yet fully working lab and quickly gets it working since it needed two different frequencies for the energy to get produced and Eddie has kept ... 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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$20,550,712 (USA) (27 September 1996)
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"I'm your friend, Eddie" is the only line of dialogue in the film that originated from Josh Friedman's script "Dead Drop". See more »

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There is no Amtrak train service to Williams Bay, WI. See more »

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FBI Agent Ford: Ma'am, we just had eight city blocks disappear. The President of the United States talked to my boss at three this morning, he wants answers.
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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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Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Rachel Weisz
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A Highly Underrated 90's Action Flick
22 April 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Steeped in the Directorial sensibilities of the 90's Chain Reaction is a well made movie with an intriguing plot and appealing storyline.

The movie basically epitomises the life and breadth of all the action thrillers produced in the 90's. I loved them all.

Unlike their 21st century counterparts , they don't excel in realism or cold and brutal portrayal of duels . But their is something which qualifies them as entertainers .Chain Reaction is that 90's movie.

Keannu Reeves and Morgan Freeman play their parts in this nicely directed film. Tenacious henchmen with the bad guy look written all over their faces, the cool and foxy villain with a suave demeanour, the unassuming,raw , innocent yet determined good guys , an impending disaster involving a " Chain Reaction" and more than a 100 hours of proper 90's entertainment.


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