Sunday, June 22, 2008

Chain Reaction

Author: Brian Erickson
Location: Unknown

"Chain Reaction"

Directed by Ang Lee
Written by Akiva Goldsman
Score by Danny Elfman

Principal Cast:

Gene Hackman (The Current Ray Farson)
Amy Adams (Carrie Farson, Ray’s wife who is too nice and forgiving for her own good)
George Clooney (Harry Farson, Ray’s autistic brother who lives with him throughout life)
Tom Hanks (The Middle-Aged Ray Farson)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Young Ray Farson)
Jennifer Connely (Carrie’s lifelong friend, Kate McClintock)
Morgan Freeman (Radio Personality Mike Henders)

Tagline: Love is more than a spark.

Synopsis: Ray Farson’s story begins at age 21, when he lights his first cigarette. Ray becomes more and more addicted to the nicotine, and goes through marriage, the caretaking of his autistic brother and American history from the years 1946-2005, all while burning tobacco. The film is told by the current Ray Farson, doing an interview on Henders’ Heroes, a show that interviews random people. Ray experiences the health risks of smoking and the risks we all take in everyday life.

What the press would say:

In one of the most innovative and original films of recent history, “Chain Reaction” features an all star cast, a darkly funny and dramatic script and one of the most mysterious characters in movie history. The part of Ray Farson is so complex and otherworldly, it takes three of today’s best actors to pull off the role. While Ray is doubtlessly the main character of the film, Amy Adams and George Clooney give leading performances as the family that stays by him through thick and thin. Akiva Goldsman (The DaVinci Code, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind) writes, Oscar winner Ang Lee directs and 3-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman provides a beautiful original score. The film is up for an amazing 15 Oscar nods, listed below.

Best Picture
Best Director (Ang Lee)
Best Actor (George Clooney)
Best Actress (Amy Adams)
Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio)
Best Original Screenplay (Avika Goldsman)
Best Original Score (Danny Elfman)
Best Original Song (“Spark” by Bruce Springsteen)
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing
Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction

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