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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

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Tasked with destroying each other, an FBI agent and a rogue DIA agent soon discover that there's a much bigger enemy at work.

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Robert Gant / Clark
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Vinn / Rayne
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Harry
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Jonathan Ecks, an FBI agent, realizes that he must join with his lifelong enemy, Agent Sever, a rogue DIA agent with whom he is in mortal combat, in order to defeat a common enemy. That enemy has developed a "micro-device" that can be injected into victims in order to kill them at will. Written by Uber Minion

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Lucy Lui is Agent Sever. This September, she's going ballistic. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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20 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Ecks vs. Sever  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,010,474 (USA) (20 September 2002)

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$104,495 (Japan) (3 October 2003)
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While filming a large-scale action scene that involved explosives, a detonation occurred that was too close to principal actor Antonio Banderas. As a result, Banderas was almost badly burned, but escaped with minor scorching. He allegedly was quite vocal with the FX team for their careless calculation of how big the explosion was going to be. See more »

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In the covered garage, before Ecks encounters Sever, he manually loads a shotgun round into the already open breech, then moves the slide into place, racking the new round. It is obviously ready to shoot. When he does encounter Sever, we hear the sound of the shotgun slide being racked as though there had been no round in the chamber. See more »

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[first lines]
Agent Curtis: Good evening Mrs. Gant.
Vinn: What does my husband want now?
Agent Curtis: The plan has changed. He is now available to spend time with Michael.
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References The Killer (1989) See more »

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Composed by BT (as Brian Transeau)
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Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
(P) 2000 Embrace the Future Inc.
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absurdly bad espionage thriller
28 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

`Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever' has been saddled with not only one of the worst movie titles in recent memory, but one of the worst screenplays as well. The film's third-rate espionage plot makes no sense at all and serves basically as a lame excuse for endless explosions, shootouts and double-flipping car chases, which have become the standard accoutrements for virtually every action picture since `Bullitt' in 1968.

The problem with `Ballistic' is that the viewer can never tell who is doing what to whom or why – and we never care. The film is really all about style anyway. How else to account for the rather ludicrous image of Lucy Liu - looking more like a fashion model out on a shoot than a trained killer doing the shooting herself - strolling in elegant slow motion through the streets of Vancouver, wiping out what seems to be an entire hit squad with a combination of superhuman marksmanship and Matrix-like kickboxing moves? With her ankle-length designer coat and her icy-cool demeanor, she looks like Calvin Klein's idea of what the well-dressed assassin should be wearing this season. It's enough to reduce the whole enterprise to the level of comic absurdity – and, indeed, I often found myself laughing out loud at many of the ostensibly serious shenanigans occurring in the film. The flashbacks, which are obviously intended to clarify the characters' relationships, are so poorly done that they actually end up making the whole story more muddled and confusing. (And, although the child-kidnapping scenario is never as offensive in this film as it is in `Trapped,' one can still question the propriety of filmmakers running to this theme with the kind of frequency they seem to have been doing of late).

Antonio Banderas makes up the other half of the film's title (he is Ecks, she Sever), and one only wonders what he could have been thinking about when he signed on to co-star in this particular project. `Ballistic' is utterly dispensable moviemaking: here today, forgotten tomorrow, a film utterly without distinction, conviction or purpose.


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