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It was so awful I couldn't make it past the first few minutes. It looked like 1950's filming.
a paranoid story about a nuclear accident
Nothing spectacular, seems like a few good ideas were shoehorned into some standard car chase tropes and corporate villain stuff. Surprising amount of full frontal nudity too.
Several folks from Mad Max turn up in this film about a dying atomic power plant worker from a radioactive waste leak who is pursued by plant officials to ensure they can cover up the toxic spill. The Aussies sure know how to do car chases.
One reason to watch this obscure Australian production is its oddity factor. This is the sort of movie you don't get to see often on TV, mainly because there never was a marketable DVD version available (until now, combined with a few other obscure productions). The theme reminded me of The Andromeda Strain (1971) and the plot and setting of The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972), both much better movies than The Chain Reaction, by the way. The nuclear accident and ensuing cover-up make for a nice story with plenty of innocent victims, rampant (escape) action and immoral creeps at the top (speaking with a British accent). The director has made a nice attempt mixing action scenes with tranquil scenes at the lakeside (with the female main character nursing the crucial whistleblower, who happens to be suffering from memory loss), but frankly, I soon got bored with the infantile trips down memory lane. The movie soon began to drag on and on without anything substantial going on. And what went on was not always very clear, probably due to poor editing (or direction, for that matter). The function of the guy who was phoned by Heinrich (the amnesiac) remained unclear to me till the end (and, again, why the put-on posh accent - do you want us to take this movie seriously at all?). No, this movie may be conveying an important social message (beware of the dangers of nuclear waste, and of those who want to cover up the consequences once the shit has hit the fan), and may be trying to present its viewers with an entertaining, edge-of-your-seat thriller, but fact is that it just doesn't work. On the plus side: nice early eighties musical score.
Weak Australian sci-fi exploitation film that barely gets over the supposed hurdle of its own premise. Easily interpreted as a prequel to the much more popular Mad Max, this film bounds backwards and forwards without any real progression for much of its duration.
In the wake of Mad Max several Australian production companies tried to cash in on the idea with pre or post apocalyptic thrillers. Among the many that emerged 'The Chain Reaction' is perhaps one of the worst, because it is done on the cheap and with a limited cast of Mad Max type scientists and Steve Bisley playing the classic Neanderthal Aussie, lots of brawn but no brain,but able to outsmart a whole team of government scientists and lots of evil Americans with sheer cunning.He is accompanied by his girlfriend who is played in a wooden style by Arna Marie Winchester in a role I think she would care to forget. There is a lot of everyone calling each other mate and Oates, played by Patrick Ward, does a rough Dutch scientist accent and owner of an unconvincing memory loss.
The production is filled with cameos by Australian character actors of the 1980's and is worth seeing only for the scenery which outshines the acting abilities of the main characters
A few nonsensical moments, but rises above the average ozploitation.
Fun, quirky Aussie suspense/action/conspiracy/nuclear disaster thriller. Includes at least four familiar faces from the original Mad Max.
The nuclear boogeyman re-emerges in this Aussie film as a radioactive spill contaminates the water supply threatening a catastrophic chain reaction through the food chain. One employee attempts to break rank amidst a coverup.