- Actors: Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward
- Directors: Andrew Davis
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Spanish, French
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000K7VHGY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,828 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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20th Century Chain Reaction (Blu-Ray) A student machinist (Keanu Reeves) finds himself caught in a maze of secret government cover-ups, hi-tech espionage and murder after working on a ground-breaking scientific experiment. Eddie Kasalivich (Reeves) and Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz) are part of a team of scientists who have developed a revolutionary new source of energy. But no sooner have they finished celebrating their triumph, than their lab is destroyedand the head of their team killed. Named as the main suspects, Eddie and Lily quickly realize theironly hope lies with a powerful and mysterious 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 organized 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Morgan Freeman is the true star of this movie, although the constant cigar that he carries around does get a bit annoying. Especially since it's rarely lit.
Keanu Reeves seems to bulk up for certain films (Speed, Matrix), and then all the muscle turns to flab, cos he looks like he generally pigs out. He's unkempt, chubby, unshaven - basically everything you would find UNsexy in a man! And the 'relationship' between his character and Rachel Weisz's character is very unbelievable. There is absolutely no chemistry between the characters, and I believe that off screen, they didn't speak to each other. It's highly believable that they didn't spend any time together, so that results in no chemistry. Now if you were watch to Speed - loads of chemistry between Keanu & Sandra Bullock.
This film is not worth the time or the money - oops, says she who bought it! But then again, I'm a Keanu Reeves fan. If you can't stand the sight of Keanu Reeves, this film is for you to watch once, slag off every time his name gets mentioned, and instantly forget.
I must say that "Chain Reaction" was a little better than I expected it to be, except on the whole it didn't measure up to any of my favorite movies. Good points of the movie are: 1) The three main actors Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, and Rachel Weisz do a pretty good job in portraying their characters. I also liked the FBI agent played by Fred Ward. 2) The action sequences were actually quite good, the best part of the movie being the 'bridge' scene and of course, the end was exciting! 3) The locations were interesting, from imaginary places in the future and also some actual locations. But the disappointing part of the movie (which made it a 3 star movie for me) is because of the plot. The whole general plot and outline was a good one, interesting yet believable. But some parts of the story just didn't click or just seemed to be put there just as a filler. Also, not enough twists. By the middle of the movie you can guess what's going on and also guess what's going to happen. So as I said, the movie COULD have been better.
For another movie similar to this one, try "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones which was a terrific movie. A lot more violent but it had a better plot. For a good Keanu Reeves movie, "The Matrix" is the BEST and Rachel Weisz is also good in "The Mummy".
PG-13 rating because of some language and some violence.
Reeves' character is the type of person who thinks that problems can be solved by punching somebody out, smashing things, and running. That's how we know that he's the dumb guy around there. For some reason, a female scientist (Rachel Weisz) lets him lead her into a series of chase scenes, in which Hollywood writers yet again show that they believe that problems can be solved by means that are stupid, criminal, pointless, and ineffective. I mean, he works for her, so why is she letting him make such crazy decisions?
Morgan Freeman puts in a creditable performance, while keeping a straight face. Beyond that, the movie is notable for some very elaborate special effects - but don't view it for the plot, the characters, or the dialog, most of which is really bad. We're also supposed to believe that the FBI would interfere with a CIA operation. duh.
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