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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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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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Trivia

The characters that Fred Ward and Kevin Dunn play in the film are loosely based on the characters of U.S. Marshals Sam Gerard and Cosmo Renfro (played by Tommy Lee Jones and Joe Pantoliano) from The Fugitive (1993), which was also directed by Andrew Davis. See more »

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When Shannon leaves his house for the meeting at C-Systems, he leaves in a Cadillac Fleetwood Sedan. When he arrives at the meeting, he arrives in a Lincoln Town Car. See more »

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Dr. Lily Sinclair: So, is this how you seduce all the girls?
Eddie Kasalivich: Only physicists with hypothermia who are accused of being a terrorist.
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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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One Love
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A very enjoyable 90s flick in the same vein as The Fugitive....
6 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Simply put, one of my favorite movies of the 90s, because I'm a big fan of the Fugitive. This plot follows it adds a bit of a new age spin on it. Enjoyable flick with very good actors and a cast that features Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Fred Ward, Brian Cox, Rachel Weisz and many others, highly recommended if you're a fan of the Fugitive or U.S. Marshalls!

The story is about a chemist & his friend suspected of murdering their mentor and Reeves & Weisz receive help from a friend of their fallen colleague and they try and find out who is trying to frame them for murder. Much like The Fugitive, which ironically is done by most of the same crew and features some of the actors from that film, it's a great flick to pass the time on.


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