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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.

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writers:

Arne Schmidt (story) (as Arne L. Schmidt), Rick Seaman (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Eddie Kasalivich
Morgan Freeman ... Paul Shannon
Rachel Weisz ... Dr. Lily Sinclair
Fred Ward ... FBI Agent Leon Ford
Kevin Dunn ... FBI Agent Doyle
Brian Cox ... Lyman Earl Collier
Joanna Cassidy ... Maggie McDermott
Chelcie Ross ... Ed Rafferty
Nicholas Rudall Nicholas Rudall ... Dr. Alistair Barkley
Tzi Ma ... Lu Chen
Krzysztof Pieczynski ... Lucasz Screbneski
Julie Pearl ... Emily Pearl (as Julie R. Pearl)
Godfrey ... Chidi Egbuna
Gene Barge ... James Washington
Nathan Davis ... Morris Grodsky
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Drop See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Prior to the start of filming, Keanu Reeves had injured himself playing a pickup game of hockey in his native Canada. He injured his neck and back areas causing him to gain weight which explains his look in the film. See more »

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An actor filmed a scene saying the words "...a disturbance at the Smithsonian" but the words "science museum" were dubbed over Smithsonian instead. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lily Sinclair: Eddie what are you doing?
Eddie Kasalivich: The best I can
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Bollywood Hero: Episode #1.1 (2009) See more »

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One Love
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Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Rachel Weisz
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Fairly Decent Sci-Fi Actioneer
20 August 2007 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

Despite the fact that it is instantly forgettable, CHAIN REACTION is a fairly decent sci-fi actioneer. The writers deserve to be commended for their original storyline, in which a scientific team discovers a low-cost fuel source reliant only on water. Naturally, evil capitalist forces are out to sabotage the project, and it's up to Eddie Kasalivich (Keanu Reeves in a slightly Bill-and-Ted-like performance) to save the day. The action and thrills are never first-rate, and things drag on a tad too long, but somehow, CHAIN REACTION is better than the sum of its parts. Twentieth Century Fox had high hopes for this $55-million would-be blockbuster, especially after Reeves' success two years earlier with SPEED, but it quickly faded from theaters, so it has a sort of a "forgotten film" appeal.


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