Chain Reaction Reviews
Eddie Kasalivich, lily Sinclair and paul Shannon are members of an energy team from the university of Chicago. They have all completed work on a major energy project and they celebrate. On the night of the celebration eddie and lily leave but then eddie ends up going back to the plant and upon his return back he witnesses something he wish he hadn't, a murder and the explosion of the plant he worked at. Eddie along with lily are both framed and on the run from the police as they try and clear their name.
This is definitely a film that actors wanting to learn more about a subject would be happy to be apart of. However it followed just about the same plot idea as the fugitive so there wasn't much room for differentiation. It was an overall weak story and a poorly made film. This needed some rewrites, it could have actually been decent if that had happened.
the effects in this film are absolutely god awful! its so easy to figure out the green screen, the fan, and the machines for sliding. it is so bad! The pacing is pretty bad it feels rushed.
Keanu Reeves actually not bad in here. he gave a decent performance. This was not a bad start for Rachel weisz but her character was badly written with no real substance. Same for morgan freeman. there was nothing really there with his role other than him smoking a cigar. This just seemed like any easy paycheck for Freeman, nothing he could sink his teeth into.
the action scenes were one of the few redeeming qualities of this film. Lastly the music was really weird at times and didn't flow right in the film.
Overall this is a 2 star flick that recommend to nobody
The whole film seemed to be centred around one sequence. That sequence being the huge explosion that occurs near the start and wipes out a vast area of Chicago, nuclear in appearance. Now this was back in the days when CGI was still a newish weapon and big flashy destructive sequences like this were looked upon as impressive and breaking the barrier.
Looking back it is a nice effect but of course its dated and the cracks are showing, but I'm not gonna moan about that. The problem is the rest of the film is really quite dull, visuals are dull, action is dull and the acting is even dull despite a very good cast line up. Reeves is his usual monotone self, Weisz is a complete drip and Freeman now looks pretty cliched in his natty Malcolm X looking 90's suit and hat.
It really does feel like they wanted to show off their CGI destruction sequence so they made an entire film around that one moment. A completely by the numbers action thriller (if you can call it that) that covers every aspect you'd expect from the fugitive chase movie book. Bland boring so very very predictable and the films title is one of those totally meaningless but cool sounding types that looks even cooler with a striking font.