- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Dubbed: French
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005A3KT
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
The plot is convoluted in the extreme and anybody with even a sketchy knowledge of science will find it laughable in places, on top of this the acting is frankly shocking. Reeves is so bad I could not bring myself to go and see the Matrix when it was first released, I couldn't believe he was capable of making a good film, mind you parts II and III of the Matrix do seem to suggest that my judgement wasn't that bad... Despite this I'd still recommend people try and watch this film (but don't BUY it) as it is hilarious in places, I'd like to think its deliberate from Morgan Freeman who seems to be hamming it up in places, wait for the line "have you got the disk?" and you'll see what I mean. I'm posting this review because, post Matrix, people could easily come across this and see that it stars Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman and think it will probably be pretty good, I'd hate for them to be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The film looks good hope I can finish it, however rated '12' they still consider suitable the constant use of Blasphemous language which I find offensive.Published 19 days ago by Andy M
Love it!! I am a huge keanu reeves fan and this is one of his best movies. It's a classic, Morgan Freeman has a great character tooPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my all time favourites of Keanu Reeves, if you are a fan, or growing fan - WATCH ITPublished 4 months ago by Cal
Never got the chance to see this movie when it first came out, so I bought it and was pleased at watching great filmPublished 6 months ago by KEVIN
An exciting and action packed film.Our hero and heroine were pursued relentlessly but needless to say one the day.Thoroughly recommendedPublished 7 months ago by the whiz
Hadn't watched it until I rented it on amazon video. An average movie, Will not watch again. I've awarded the movie 3 stars out of 5.Published 8 months ago by Roysie