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''Chain Reaction'' is a 1996 ScienceFiction Thriller film directed by Andrew Davis, starring Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/RachelWeisz, Creator/MorganFreeman, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/FredWard, and Creator/KevinDunn.

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''Chain Reaction'' is a 1996 ScienceFiction Thriller film directed by Andrew Davis, Creator/AndrewDavis, starring Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/RachelWeisz, Creator/MorganFreeman, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/FredWard, and Creator/KevinDunn.


''Chain Reaction'' is a 1996 ScienceFiction Thriller film directed by Andrew Davis, starring Craetor/KeanuReeves, Creator/RachelWeisz, Creator/MorganFreeman, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/FredWard, and Creator/KevinDunn.

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''Chain Reaction'' is a 1996 ScienceFiction Thriller film directed by Andrew Davis, starring Craetor/KeanuReeves, Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/RachelWeisz, Creator/MorganFreeman, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/FredWard, and Creator/KevinDunn.


* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Paul is the only member of the secret cabal of industrialists that want the hydrogen reactor technology for themselves (that we see on screen, at least) that believes TheWorldIsNotReady (at least just ''yet'') for this technology and hates Lyman's brutal tactics. His reaction at seeing the explosion of the first reactor is pretty much "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and he laments the professor's death. Once Eddie mentions that he has sent the information on the project to every news service in the country ''and'' the FBI, he shows himself a GracefulLoser and wants to let them go (even telling Lyman that trying to kill them now won't make any difference, and killing the latter when he insists he wants them dead anyway and opening the gates so they can try to OutrunTheFireball).]]

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* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Paul is the only member of the secret cabal of industrialists that want the hydrogen reactor technology for themselves (that we see on screen, at least) that who believes TheWorldIsNotReady (at least just ''yet'') for this technology and hates Lyman's brutal tactics. His reaction at seeing the explosion of the first reactor is pretty much "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and he laments the professor's death. Once Eddie mentions that he has sent the information on the project to every news service in the country ''and'' the FBI, he shows himself a GracefulLoser and wants to let them go (even go, even telling Lyman that trying to kill killing them now won't make any difference, and killing the latter when he difference. When Lyman insists he wants on leaving them dead anyway to die anyway, Paul kills him instead and opening opens the gates so they that Eddie and Lily can try to OutrunTheFireball).OutrunTheFireball.]]



* StupidEvil: Lyman keeps stepping on Paul's toes to get to Eddie and Lily, even though they trusted Paul and would have come in so long as he guaranteed their protection. Lyman even has the nerve to blame Paul for this. [[spoiler:Paul eventually kills him, as their superiors had deemed him a liability.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Lyman intends to kill Chen, Lily, and Eddie once he has the perfected technology. Idiotically, he makes it perfectly clear this will be the end result of their work once he's kidnapped them, giving them no incentive to play along.

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* StupidEvil: Lyman keeps stepping on Paul's toes to get to Eddie and Lily, even though they trusted Paul and would have come in so long as he guaranteed their protection. His interference actually hinders Paul's efforts - and gets Eddie mistaken for a cop killer (meaning he could be shot instead of just being arrested) - but Lyman even has the nerve effrontery to blame Paul for this. their lack of success. [[spoiler:Paul eventually finally kills him, Lyman, as their superiors had deemed him a liability.agree with his opinion of Lyman's idiocy.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Lyman quite obviously intends to kill Chen, Lily, and Eddie once he has the perfected technology. Idiotically, he makes it perfectly clear this will be the end result of their work once he's kidnapped them, also threatens them with almost these exact words if they continue failing, giving them no incentive to play along.along either way. Paul even calls him out on this.
--> '''Paul:''' I really wish you wouldn't threaten to kill my scientists right to their faces. It just might make my job a little easier.


* The stinger: What seems to be cut footage of an serial view of the C-Systems compound shaking from the underground explosion of the climax, followed by Keanu Reeves saying "whoah".

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* The stinger: TheStinger: What seems to be cut footage of an serial view of the C-Systems compound shaking from the underground explosion of the climax, followed by Keanu Reeves saying "whoah".

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* The stinger: What seems to be cut footage of an serial view of the C-Systems compound shaking from the underground explosion of the climax, followed by Keanu Reeves saying "whoah".


* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Simply burning hydrogen extracted from water would result in a net loss of energy, since breaking those molecular bonds would require more energy than would be gained from the reaction. If it were some sort of fusion reaction, it would make more sense.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Simply burning hydrogen extracted from water would result in a net loss of energy, since breaking those molecular bonds would require more energy than would be gained from the reaction. If it were some sort of fusion reaction, it would make more sense.sense (the novelization makes it clear that it ''is'' a fusion reaction).


* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Paul is the only member of the secret cabal of industrialists that want the hydrogen reactor technology for themselves (that we see on screen, at least) that believes TheWorldIsNotReady (at least just ''yet'') for this technology and hates Lyman's brutal tactics. His reaction at seeing the explosion of the first reactor is pretty much "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and he laments the professor's death. Once Eddie mentions that he has sent the information on the project to every news service in the country ''and'' the FBI, he shows himself a GraciousLoser and wants to let them go (even telling Lyman that trying to kill them now won't make any difference, and killing the latter when he insists he wants them dead anyway and opening the gates so they can try to OutrunTheFireball).]]

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* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Paul is the only member of the secret cabal of industrialists that want the hydrogen reactor technology for themselves (that we see on screen, at least) that believes TheWorldIsNotReady (at least just ''yet'') for this technology and hates Lyman's brutal tactics. His reaction at seeing the explosion of the first reactor is pretty much "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and he laments the professor's death. Once Eddie mentions that he has sent the information on the project to every news service in the country ''and'' the FBI, he shows himself a GraciousLoser GracefulLoser and wants to let them go (even telling Lyman that trying to kill them now won't make any difference, and killing the latter when he insists he wants them dead anyway and opening the gates so they can try to OutrunTheFireball).]]

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* SmugSnake: ''Lyman'', with the kind of cold-blooded hamminess that Creator/BrianCox can pull off.


* CantStopTheSignal: The good guy releases to the world the details of the machine allowing production of functionally unlimited energy by faxing it to news offices everywhere.

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* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Paul is the only member of the secret cabal of industrialists that want the hydrogen reactor technology for themselves (that we see on screen, at least) that believes TheWorldIsNotReady (at least just ''yet'') for this technology and hates Lyman's brutal tactics. His reaction at seeing the explosion of the first reactor is pretty much "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" and he laments the professor's death. Once Eddie mentions that he has sent the information on the project to every news service in the country ''and'' the FBI, he shows himself a GraciousLoser and wants to let them go (even telling Lyman that trying to kill them now won't make any difference, and killing the latter when he insists he wants them dead anyway and opening the gates so they can try to OutrunTheFireball).]]
* BlackSite: The C-Systems compound is a corporate-owned version of this.
* CantStopTheSignal: The good guy Eddie releases to the world the details of the machine allowing production of functionally unlimited energy by faxing it to news offices everywhere.


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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Lyman's plans involve either killing people or threatening to kill people until he gets his way (and then applying "YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness" as needed). [[spoiler:Paul makes it pretty clear that he is sick of Lyman's tactics throughout the film and kills him when he leaves Eddie and Lily to die to the second reactor's explosion, immediately opening the facility doors so they have a chance to escape.]]


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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Paul manages to get away from the C-Systems' explosion and ends the film at large. In his defense, it is pretty clear throughout the film that he is an AntiVillain]]

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* FollowTheLeader: The film retreads much of the structure and a number of elements from the director's previous hit film, Film/TheFugitive, down to the lead character being framed for a murder and on the run from [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable agents]] who eventually figure out he is innocent.


''Chain Reaction'' is a ScienceFiction Thriller film starring Craetor/KeanuReeves, Creator/RachelWeisz, Creator/MorganFreeman, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/FredWard, and Creator/KevinDunn. Eddie Kasalivich (Reeves) is a machinist working at a laboratory researching a new hydrogen power source [[{{Technobabble}} involving a laser beam and sound waves to induce sonoluminescence]]. When he returns to the lab after the first stable test, he finds his boss murdered and the place about to explode. He and his coworker Dr. Lily Sinclair (Weisz) are framed for the explosion and have to run from the authorities while trying to clear their names.

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''Chain Reaction'' is a 1996 ScienceFiction Thriller film directed by Andrew Davis, starring Craetor/KeanuReeves, Creator/RachelWeisz, Creator/MorganFreeman, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/FredWard, and Creator/KevinDunn. Creator/KevinDunn.

Eddie Kasalivich (Reeves) is a machinist working at a laboratory researching a new hydrogen power source [[{{Technobabble}} involving a laser beam and sound waves to induce sonoluminescence]]. When he returns to the lab after the first stable test, he finds his boss murdered and the place about to explode. He and his coworker Dr. Lily Sinclair (Weisz) are framed for the explosion and have to run from the authorities while trying to clear their names.


Not to be confused with the [[Series/ChainReaction game show]] that involved a chain of words.

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Not to be confused with the [[Series/ChainReaction game show]] that involved a chain of words.
words or with the 1980 Australian film ''Film/TheChainReaction''.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Interestingly, for ''a villain'', [[spoiler:Paul is this. He constantly tries to be helpful to Eddie without exposing himself as one of the BigBadEnsemble, and absolutely loathes Lyman because he firmly believes MurderIsTheBestSolution for anything, and no amount of chewing out will make him stop.]]

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* OrgyOfEvidence: After Eddie witnesses the sabotage when he wasn't supposed to, Lyman quickly frames him, Lily, and Chen with some hastily planted evidence pointing at the Chinese. The FBI eventually realize that something is amiss.

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