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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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Reaction Time 8-4-96

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Drop  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ITL 3,544,552,000 (Italy) (13 December 1996)

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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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