Continuing the trend of paranoid summer movies, "Chain Reaction"
stars Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman in another government conspiracy flick.
No wonder people are holing up in Montana. Reeves is the trusting soul
in this heap of explosions, chases and murders. He is a lab machinist who
just happens to hold the key to a source of cheap, abundant energy. When
the Chicago lab he works in is blown to bits, he and Brit beauty Rachel
Weisz are framed and on the run. Is Morgan Freeman the mentor he seems
to be or the villain determined to keep this new energy source under his
control? Like director/producer Andrew Davis's "The Fugitive"
the suspense is nothing compared to the action sequences. And Davis knows
his home town of Chicago, where the atomic age began with the first chain
reaction. The flight over the Michigan Avenue Bridge as it is opening is
all the more interesting since they shot this in Chicago in the middle of
Why is it so much easier to accept the idea of Morgan Freeman debating alternative
energy research with top scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory than
it is to accept Keanu Reeves doing the same? I was just glad they made
Reeves a machinist and not a physicist. In the end it doesn't matter because
"Chain Reaction" is just one more summer explosion. Rated PG-13.