Chain Reaction (1996)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1996.  , .  Story by , , , Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Andrew Davis, Arne Schmidt.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , , .  

Routine thriller makes for pleasant and brainless viewing.   stars as a nuclear fission expert who, along with his scientific research team, stumbles on the ability to create cold fusion and free the world from the crippling costs of natural resource-depleting energy. Trouble is, the big guys upstairs are afraid of what this technology will do to the economy, and so destroy the research laboratory and murder the scientists still working in it. Reeves’ unfortunate predicament is that he witnesses the whole thing, thereby putting him in danger of being erased. Now he has teamed up with a colleague and friend (Rachel Weisz) in an effort to find out who is at the bottom of this ordeal and maybe set things right. Morgan Freeman lends his usual air of authority as the CIA man who is a big help (?) to Reeves in his tightest situations. The film has a lot of verve, but its story is predictable from the get-go and not very amusing, nor is Reeves’ performance anything to either admire or laugh at (and let’s face it, we love doing both).  His first major film after Speed is bound to be disappointing given that it has a very non-exotic setting where he does nothing but run around in big parkas and flannel shirts.

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