Keanu Reeves Weekend – Chain Reaction (1996) Movie Review

Director: Andrew Davis

Writer: J.F. Lawton, Michael Bortman (Screenplay) Arne Schmidt, Rick Seaman, Josh Friedman (Story)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn, Brian Cox, Joanna Cassidy

Plot: Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.


Tagline – Reaction Time 8-4-96

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Simple Actioner

Story: Chain Reaction starts in a world where energy sources are running low, where scientists Eddie (Reeves), Lily (Weisz) and Paul (Freeman) are working on an alternative energy source using hydrogen, which proves to be a success, until somebody sabotages their project causing massive explosion.

Eddie and Lily find themselves targeted by an FBI investigation, leading them to go on the run to clear their names and prove who was really behind the explosion, a path which shows many different sides to the people they worked with.

Thoughts on Chain Reaction

Characters – Eddie Kasalivich is one of the scientists that has been working on the hydrogen project, he has cracked the problems they were facing and always looks after the people working on the project with him. He narrowly avoids being caught in the explosion, learning of the foul play involved with it, getting framed in the process. He goes on the run to prove he had nothing to do with the explosion and the research was for the greater good for humanity. Paul Shannon is the man that gets the funding for the project, he knows that is free energy could cause problems and is the connection between the truth and the escape. Dr Lily Sinclair is working on the project, which sees her being framed, going on the run with Eddie, learning more about the truth behind what happened. We also have the FBI agents who are following the basic clues, as well as the people who were behind the explosion looking to clean up the loose ends.

PerformancesKeanu Reeves doesn’t do anything wrong in the leading role, he doesn’t get too much to work with as he just doesn’t get loose on the full action side of things. Morgan Freeman and Rachel Weisz are strong enough without being let off the lease for their full potential.

StoryThe story here follows the aftermath of an explosion within an energy research facility, showing how two of the scientists become the suspects who must prove their innocence. This is an interesting idea for a story, using the ideas of a new energy source that could become free and friendly to the world and how people would want to control this. The whole fugitive angle is everything the director is known for works without being too serious with how it unfolds. This is a routine story, with the number of twists thrown in along the way.

Action/Sci-FiThe action does give away the biggest scene in the opening explosion, while the rest is more just chases, that never feel like they are edge of the seat in anyway.

SettingsThe film is set different locations starting with Chicago facing the explosion, while the rest shows the more secret locations a project like this could happen around.

Special EffectsThe effects have dated now, with the opening explosion does not look realistic in anyway.


Scene of the Movie – The escape the explosion.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The rest of the tame chases.

Final Thoughts This is an action film that gave away the biggest moment too early and ends up plodding along at a slow pace, while trying to get over a bigger message.

Overall: Easy Going Action

ABC Film Challenge – Romance E – Everything, Everything (2017)

Director: Stella Meghie

Writer: J Mills Goodloe (Screenplay) Nicola Yoon (Book)

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera, Taylor Hickson, Danube Hermosillo, Dan Payne, Fiona Loewi

 

Plot: A teenager who’s spent her whole life confined to her home falls for the boy next door.


Tagline – Risk everything… for love.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Charming & Delightful

 

Story: Everything, Everything starts as we meet Maddy (Stenberg) an 18-year-old girl that has never left her house because of her rare immune disorder, her mother Pauline (Rose) is a doctor and has everything prepared to keep her alive. She has been educated and studied at home with the care of her nurse Carla (Reguera).

Maddy’s life has always been dreaming of going outside and when Olly (Robinson) family moves in next door, they become attracted to one another. When the two risk her Maddy’s life her mother tries to forbid them being together, but how can love be held back?

 

Thoughts on Everything, Everything

 

Characters – Maddy is an 18-year-old girl, she has never left her home because of rare disorder, her imagination has helped her experience parts of the world and her education has been home schooled. She meets Olly and falls in love through a window and takes the chance to experience love for the first time. Olly is the new neighbour, he wants to become friends with Maddy and it soon turns to love, he has his own personal problems at home and the moments with her give him the freedom he wants. Pauline is the mother of Maddy, she is a doctor and has spent her life trying to make sure she stays safe in the home. Carla is Maddy’s nurse and the only friend she has in the world.

PerformancesAmandla Stenberg is fantastic in the leading role, she gives us the full range of emotions she goes through, from the pure enjoyment of her life to the pain she suffers. Nick Robinson, well this young man keeps popping up everywhere now for me, he was brilliant in Love Simon and here he was great to watch too. Anika Noni Rose does make for a good controlling mother.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that live her life behind closed doors because of a rare disorder which could see her become sick at any moment, when she falls for the neighbour she decides she is willing to risk her life to be with him. This is a teenage romance story so we know we are going to get stumbling blocks in their love for the most part. This is told in such a way that we see how Maddy is telling her story about how she looks at life in a positive way for each moment almost accepting her place in the world. it does try to tell everyone to enjoy their life whatever gets in their way.

RomanceThe romance between Maddy and Olly is believable from start to finish, we get the awkward moments and the passionate moment.

SettingsThe film shows us how Maddy has made the most of her home, how her imagination works and where she wants to go into the world one day.


Scene of the Movie –
The trip.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Is it that easy to get to Hawaii?

Final ThoughtsThis is a delightfully entertaining movie that shows us just how love can turn your life upside down when that person walks into your life.

 

Overall: Special vision on life.

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Parallax (2020) Movie Review

Director: Michael Bachochin

Writer: Michael Bachochin (Screenplay)

Starring: Naomi Prentice, Nelson Ritthaler, Hattie Smith, Ted Gianopulos, Bette Smith, Taylor Flowers

Plot: A young artist wakes up in a life that she doesn’t recognize, spending her time asleep haunted by nightmares of drowning in a black abysmal void. As she begins to uncover the truths of the life that she’s found herself in, the gravity of her failing reality weighs heavily on her psychological identity and the reliability of her sanity is called into question.

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Thinking Person’s Film

Story: Parallax starts as Naomi (Prentice) is feeling lost in her life, not remembering everything, including her fiancée Lucas (Ritthaler) who has been trying to support her, seeing Dr Hill (Gianopulos) for guidance, to help him express his frustrations of where his relationship is going.

As Naomi starts trying to explore her own mind, she finds herself being able to create worlds, one where she meets Mikayla (Smith) someone who she can communicate with more than anyone in her life, leading her to see the two worlds blur into reality.

Thoughts on Parallax

Characters – Naomi is a young woman that is questioning her own reality, she uses art to escape and find her own reality, one that will give her more answers to life, she doesn’t remember people she thought were big parts of her life, she doesn’t know who to trust in life. Lucas is the fiancée that has been trying to help Naomi with her troubles, he seeks outside help, which does give him a chance to understand whether he is right to continue to support the way he does. Mikayla comes to Naomi in the other reality, offering Naomi conversations she doesn’t always get in life, giving answer to the unknow questions.

PerformancesNaomi Prentice and Nelson Ritthaler are both good in the leading roles, showing the differences that they are going through during the story, with each scene needing them to bring something different to the table.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman that finds herself being trapped in a world where she doesn’t remember everything around her, her fiancée tries to support her in remembering things, only for her to find herself question each and everything about her life. This is a story that does go very deep into the reality of life, while we don’t get this until later, it will get you thinking, scratching your head at times and needing to take a step back to analyse everything you watch. It could be considered one film that does go too deep into the thinking side of things, which doesn’t help us get the full enjoyment, and is 100% a movie you can’t just relax and watch.

Sci-FiThe sci-fi side of the movie dives into difference in reality, seeing what could or couldn’t be real. Constantly keeping us guessing along the way.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings in a family home for the relationship, while also creating open beauty space for the quiet moments of peace.


Scene of the Movie – The deep dive.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It goes too deep.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting sci-fi that could be analysed for hours to truly understand everything, but it will not be a casual viewing for anyone.

Overall: Brains Firmly On.