Chain Reaction

August 2nd, 1996


Chain Reaction

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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.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 5.3/10 (21,239 voted)

Director: Andrew Davis

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz

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. When one of the chief scientists is murdered and the invention stolen, 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 scientific company which - unknown to Eddie - has commercial interests in the invention. Eddie and Lily set out to find the stolen invention and hopefully clear themselves of the false charges.

Writers: Arne Schmidt, Rick Seaman

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 - Dr. Alistair Barkley
Tzi Ma - Lu Chen
Krzysztof Pieczynski - Lucasz Screbneski
Julie R. Pearl - Emily Pearl
Godfrey - Chidi Egbuna
Gene Barge - James Washington
Nathan Davis - Morris Grodsky

Taglines: Reaction Time 8-4-96

Release Date: 2 August 1996

Filming Locations: 53rd Street & Blackstone Avenue, Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,546,000 (USA) (4 August 1996) (2255 Screens)

Gross: $38,200,000 (Worldwide) (except USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Filmed almost extensively in the winter of 1995 and early 1996 in Chicago, the hometown of director Andrew Davis, where his other films Code of Silence, Above the Law, The Package, and The Fugitive were also filmed.

Factual errors: There is no Amtrak train service to Williams Bay, WI.

Paul Shannon: I wish you wouldn't threaten to kill my scientists right to their faces!

User Review

Moderately successful chase movie


Eddie (Keanu Reeves) works on a scientific team that is searching for low-cost energy sources that are good for the environment, too. One day, it seems that such a discovery has been made. Soon after, however, the chief scientist is murdered and the invention stolen. Eddie and fellow team member Dr. Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz) are suspects in the murder and are forced to go on the run. Naturally, the police and the FBI are in hot pursuit. Another team member Paul (Morgan Freeman) may have some secrets to hide as well. Will the truth come out and will the fleeing duo be captured?

This movie is mostly a chase picture and a moderately successful one. Much of the action is centered on the capture of Eddie and Lily. There is an impressive scene, for example, where Eddie is trying to avoid seizure by climbing a raised bridge. Unfortunately, not all of the scenes are as effective. The scientific elements are quickly rushed over, causing some confusion as to what has transpired. As for the romance between Reeves and Weisz, it is nicely subdued. It's there but only manifests itself in a few embraces. Although the ending is quite exciting, the overall effect of the movie as an action flick is only partly realized. There are some missing plot elements that would have raised it to a higher level. Recommended as a fairly good action motion picture; Reeves fans, certainly, will enjoy it.


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