Eddie Kasalivich (Keanu Reeves) and Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz) are part of a team of scientists who have developed a new energy source. When their lab is sabotaged and their team leader killed, they become prime suspects. They set out to clear their names and find the real culprit, but the man with the key to the solution is a powerful bureaucrat (Morgan Freeman), who may, or may not, be on their side.
Anyone want to venture a guess that Keanu Reeves was sorry he passed up Speed 2
to make this turkey? Both a ridiculous suspense piece about a renegade intelligence community and an ill-considered hunk of do-gooder agitprop about alternative energy technology, Chain Reaction
makes Reeves and almost everyone else involved look about as dumb as dumb can be. Hollywood's own Little Buddha plays a streetwise lab technician who survives an organised assault on his hydrogen-power project. The FBI assumes he's really a spy working for some foreign power, but the truth is that a CIA offshoot is behind the project's funding. Morgan Freeman plays the ramrod-straight company man who sabotages Keanu's excellent experiment, and Rachel Weisz portrays a physicist who goes on the run with the alleged saboteur. Directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive
), who seems more interested in seeing how many absurd places he can mount a chase scene than offering a solid clue as to who these characters are and why we should care about them. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
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