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A middle of the road chase thriller,
This review is from: Chain Reaction  [DVD] (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.