Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward
1996, 106 Minutes, Directed by: Andrew Davis
Description:Keanu Reeves 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.
Chain Reaction isnt really a science fiction movie. It is an action movie with
one sci-fi element in it, namely the idea that cold fusion can work and be a clean,
efficient and cheap energy source that will replace all the existing energy sources we
But this theme is never really explored: it just serves as a plot device to have
hero Keanu Reaves framed for something he didnt commit and get chased around by the
cops and bad guys.
Sure, Morgan Freeman (what is he doing in a movie like this?) mumbles a lot about how
cold fusion will change everything we know, but that is about as far as it goes . . .
Reaction is a chase movie. But it isnt a very good one either even though it is
directed by Andrew Davis who also directed that definitive chase movie, The Fugitive.
The film is dull and drags. That Reaves isnt Harrison Ford doesnt help either.
Listen, if you want to see a good sci-fi movie, then rent something else. If you want a
good action movie with Keanu Reaves in it, then check out Speed or
The Matrix again . . .