Chain Reaction (1996)

35mm film, colour

An American science fiction film directed by Andrew Davis.

Plot Summary

A group of scientists escape their corporate employers who are trying to weaponise their new invention, a process for creating energy from water.


Director: Andrew Davis
© Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
A Zanuck Co./Chicago Pacific Entertainment/Arne L. Schmidt
Executive Producers: Richard Zanuck, Erwin Stoff
Produced by: Arne L. Schmidt, Andrew Davis
Associate Producers: Maher Ahmad, Carlos H. Sanchez, Teresa Tucker-Davies
Screenplay: J.F. Lawton, Michael Bortman
Original Story: Arne L. Schmidt, Rick Seaman, Josh Friedman
Director of Photography: Frank Tidy
Editors: Donald Brochu, Dov Hoenig, Arthur Schmidt
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Sound Mixer: Robert R. Anderson Jr.
Sound Recording: Bob Renga, Craig ‘Pup' Heath, Greg Cheever, Del Spiva
Costume Supervisors: Heather Pollock, Alexandria Forster
Key Make-up: Hallie D'Amore
Key Hairstylist: Frida Aradóttir
Visual Effects Supervisor: Nick Davis
Special Visual Effects: Digital Domain
Production Designer: Maher Ahmad

Keanu Reeves (Eddie Kasalivich)
Morgan Freeman (Paul Shannon)
Rachel Weisz (Lily Sinclair)
Fred Ward (FBI Agent Ford)
Kevin Dunn (FBI Agent Doyle)
Brian Cox (Lyman Earl Collier)
Joanna Cassidy (Maggie McDermott)
Chelcie Ross (Ed Rafferty)
Nicholas Rudall (Dr. Alistair Barkley)
Tzi Ma (Lu Chen)
Krzysztof Pieczynski (Lucasz Screbneski (Research Team))
Julie R. Pearl (Emily Pearl (Research Team))
Godfrey C. Danchimah Jr. (Chidi Egbuna (Research Team))
Gene Barge (James Washington (Research Team))
Nathan Davis (Morris Grodsky (Research Team))
Aaron Williams (3rd Lab Technician (Research Team))
Daniel Friedman (Video Dan (Research Team))
Johnny Lee Davenport (Caleb Williams (FBI Agent))
James Sie (Ken Lim (FBI Agent))
Joan Kohn (Sarah Fine (FBI Agent))

Alternative Titles

72 timmar kvar att leva – Swedish television title
Ahelreaktsioon – Estonian title
Alysidoti antidrasi – Greek title
Außer Kontrolle – German title
Dead Drop – Working title
Efterlyst – Swedish title
Grandinine reakcija – Lithuanian title
Kædereaktion – Danish title
Ketjureaktio – Finnish title
Die Kettenreaktion – German television title
Lančana reakcija – Croatian title
Lančana reakcija – Serbian title
Láncreakció – Hungarian title
Perseguição Diabólica – Portuguese title
Poursuite – French title
Reação em Cadeia – Brazilian title
Reacción en cadena – Spanish title
Reactie în lant – Romanian title
Réaction en chaîne – French Canadian title
Reakcja Łańcuchowa – Polish title
Reazione a catena – Italian title
Retezová reakce – Czech title
Tepki – Turkish title
Verizna reakcija – Slovenian title
Αλυσιδωτή αντίδραση – Greek title
Верижна реакция – Bulgarian title
Ланцюгова реакцiя – Ukranian title
Цепная реакция – Russian title

Extracts included in
They Crawl (2001)


Empire no.69 (March 1995) p.12 – note
Empire no.90 (December 1996) p.35 – illustrated credits, review (New films by Bob Mccabe)
Film Review (December 1996) pp.34-38 – illustrated interview with Keanu Reeves (Unchained by Roald Rynning)
Film Tutti i Film della Stagione vol.5 no.26 (March/April 1997) p.40-42 – credits, synopsis, review
The Hollywood Reporter vol.340 no.38 (23 January 1996) p.19 – credits (Film production)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.341 no.7 (20 February 1996) p.17 – credits, note (Film production)
Legend no.22 (Winter 1996/1997) pp.27-28 – illustrated soundtrack review (CD Reviews)
Premiere vol.10 no.1 (September 1996) p.78-80 – illustrated article (Shot by shot by Steve Pond)
Premiere vol.4 no.10 (November 1996) p.13 – credits, review (New films: A preview of the month's cinema releases)
Premiere vol.9 no.12 (August 1996) p.48 – illustrated article (Weird Science by Cindy Pearlman)
Screen International no.1042 (26 January 1996) p.48 – illustrated credits, synopsis
Screen International no.1043 (2 February 1996) p.26 – note (Freeze Frame)
Screen International no.1070 (9 August 1996) p.16 – credits, review (Reviews by Benedict Carver)
Screen International no.990 (13 January 1995) p.10 – note (Production line)
Sight & Sound vol.6 no.11 (November 1996) pp.45-46 – credits, synopsis, review (Reviews by Peter Matthews)
Sight & Sound vol.7 no.12 (December 1997) p.64 – note
Variety 29 July 1996 p.58 – credits, review (by Leonard Klady)

The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis pp.53-54 – credits, synopsis