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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,546,000, 4 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,550,712, 29 September 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,200,000
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Nick Offerman was cast to play Kenny's building super, but found out both his scenes were cut out at the film's premier. It would have been one of his first films. 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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Weird Science
17 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Man and woman against the world!!" Okay, maybe it has been done into the ground, and it is the basis of today's and yesterday's rehashed thriller. The welcome difference that "Chain Reaction" gives is in its cast.

Morgan Freeman, Keanu Reeves (who's at his best in action) and Rachel Weisz make this film much more engaging to watch than it should be. Reeves and Weisz look fine together as Eddie and Lily, respectively, who are two college students accused of murdering one of their colleagues and stealing their economically and ecologically-friendly fuel project. They must run from the Law AND those who have framed them, or are they the same people?

Good on action!


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