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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn
  • Directors: Andrew Davis
  • Producers: Andrew Davis, Arne Schmidt
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec. 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYSLXY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DocReview on 15 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
So, having not seen this since around 2007, I decided to dust off a copy of it in a second hand store and give it a second chance.

I vaguely remembered the start and end from the time before;
----> Innocent man wrongly accused of murder (very much from the director of The Fugitive, then).
<---- Law enforcement consistently pursue, believing them guilty, until eventually being the best of friends with each other at the end.

The film has its moments, right from the kind of cool hydrogen explosion at the near beginning to the bit in the middle where the bad guys get into the house they're hiding in. It wasn't, and probably wasn't meant to be, a top notch thriller; it doesn't even come close. But it does provide a film that you don't feel too bad having watched.

MORAL; A film worth watching only once every five years. Or if its a Sunday and ITV are showing it at 11pm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 6 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
Andrew Davis tries to recapture the same feeling of thrills here as he did in The Fugitive, and in some chunks it works, but the script isn't exciting enough to reach that film's heights. Keanu is good as the only survivor of a truly breathtaking explosion at a hydrogen energy research lab which kills his professor, and soon he finds himself on the run, accused of sabotaging the place. Rachel Weisz is feisty fun support as his companion on-the-lam, and there are some impressive stunts. The atmosphere is also very similar to The Fugitive. But where that film felt like a crossbow bolt - always relentlessly heading towards a target - this feels like a lobbed snowball. It's fun and it's heading the right way, it's just not sure where it wants to land. This reduces the tension, and the fact that the third act of the film feels a little down-beat doesn't help it rev back up. There's also some truly poor dialogue, with Keanu improbably stating that he's 'making it up as I go' while trying to steer an extremely complicated getaway vehicle.
It's got moments of thrills and it is good enough to be worth you attention, just don't expect it to be particularly memorable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2007
Format: Blu-ray
Eddie Kasalivich (Keanu Reeves) is first among his colleagues searching for free clean energy to better the world. On the eve of what looks like success a horrible accident (yeah right) dispatches Dr. Alistair Barkley (Nicholas Rudall.)

Eddie complains that it was not an accident so of course everyone knows that Eddie is the culprit assisted by colleagues Dr. Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz), and Lu Chen (Tzi Ma). While his employer Paul Shannon (Morgan Freeman) is unshakably not sure (why?).

As with most mysteries the only way to prove his innocence is to find the guilty.

All the parts are well played and the story is just in plausibility. The twists and turns will keep you intrigued until the last. Not too long of a chase scene.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Parsons on 15 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
Ah yes; yet another underrated Keanu Reeves film. This one comes from the director of "The Fugitive", and co-stars Morgan Freeman, and so has good credentials. Keanu acquits himself well and is both likeable and believable as a student machinist. His chemistry with Rachel Weisz (they're teaming up again for the forthcoming "Constantine") is also sweet and unforced.
But lets face it, this is the kind of movie in which you expect high-octane thrills, and in this the movie does not disappoint. There are stunning opening and closing sequences, and a superb chase sequence involving a bridge.
The DVD comes with one of those promotional 'featurettes' that aren't really worth bothering. On the plus side, the picture quality and soundtrack are both very decent. If you didn't catch this at the flicks or on TV, it's well worth a purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This 1996 fusion device thriller has some showstopper scenes in it - and has become a firm fan favourite on the new fangled format.

But British fans and newcomers alike should note that the ‘US’ edition of the BLU RAY on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which most aren't).

Buy the UK version instead - it's dirt-cheap now - a looker on the Format - and a good night in with Morgan and Keanu...
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By julia on 2 May 2004
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This is actually a very good film though people did put me off it before i saw it.
The story follows two young scientists; Eddie Kasalivich (Reeves) and Lily Sinclair (Weisz) who are wrongly accused of a murder of a fellow scientist,just as Eddie makes an amazing break through.On the run from the police, Eddie and Lily confide in their 'friend' (Freeman) who is a powerful bureaucrat, but is he on their side?...
A twisted plot; how will it end? Will the police realise the truth...before it is too late?
Chain Reaction stars Keanu Reeves (Matrix trilogy,The Watcher), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy,The Mummy Returns) and co-stars Morgan Freeman. A film deffinately worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JONATHAN O'CONNOR on 12 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Not one of Keanu's most popular films but I think it's a brilliant film with a clever plot and it has Morgan Freeman in it, so its got to be good.
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By Justine Collins on 13 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
was disappointed with this dvd as it seemed fine but three quarters of the way through it stopped working and was unwatchable which was very frustrating. As for the film itself what we were able to watch was okay but showed its age, i like keanu reeves as an actor but i dont think this is his best film.
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