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Chain Reaction (1996)

Director:
Andrew Davis
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Action/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Chain Reaction
RUNNING TIME
106 minutes
Producer:
Andrew Davis
Arne Schmidt
Screenwriter:
J. F. Lawton
Michael Bortman


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Eddie Kasalivich Keanu Reeves
Dr. Paul Shannon Morgan Freeman
Dr. Lily Sinclair Rachel Weisz
FBI Agent Leon Ford Fred Ward
FBI Agent Doyle Kevin Dunn
Lyman Earl Collier Brian Cox
Maggie McDermott Joanna Cassidy
Dr. Alistair Barkley Nicholas Rudall
Dr. Lu Chen Tzi Ma

 

Review

Who can really blame Andrew Davis for trying to reciprocate the success of The Fugitive. Decorate with a little more high-tech, a useful amount of conspiracy theories, and a thematic core as noble and altruistic as can be, and then weave this into the winning formula from three years prior. This time Keanu Reeves takes on the part as our fugitive, well accompanied by Rachel Weisz, and Morgan Freeman is either their friend or foe. There is no reason why the formula, which is engaging and fun as few, should work any lesser this time, except that the circumstances and credibility aren't as palpable and tight-knit in Chain Reaction as was the case in The Fugitive. And, of course, Keanu Reeves once more looks so much better than he sounds; he matches Harrison Ford's mimicry, but not his thrust. Andrew Davis demonstrates yet again that he's well capable of producing engaging and fun set-pieces, but he cannot quite maintain the relevance and urgency needed for this film to be wholly successful.

Copyright 1.5.2012 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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