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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

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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Zane (as Roger R. Cross)
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Agent Bennett
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Agent Fleming
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Michael
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Agent Curtis
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Edgar Moore
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Dark Suit #1
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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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Antonio Banderas is Agent Ecks. This September, he'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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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$14,294,842 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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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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After the motorcycle chase, Ecks is laying on the ground and Sever places Eck's pistol beside him close to his head. The gun is clearly not cocked. The next time we see the gun, moments later, it is cocked. 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 A Better Tomorrow (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

I Think Of You
Composed by Michael Lloyd (as M. Lloyd), H. Stephens, Jr.
Published by Michael Music and King Cod Music
Performed by Parrot
Courtesy of Heaven Productions, Inc.
(P) © 2002
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It blowed stuff up, and blowed up more
18 May 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Let's be honest with ourselves for a moment. In a movie like this, the producers don't pay expensive actors to act or to create realistic performances or to use their talents to win our sympathy. No, they pay these actors for face and name recognition, so when a movie like Ballistic: Banderas vs Liu comes along we don't have the inconvenience of learning about characters and plot. Hell, we don't even have the inconvenience of wondering, "Is this actor hot while all this excitement rushes them by?" Name recognition, baby, it's all marketed by name recognition.

And why should they let actors acting take up precious moments from the rooftop chases, the explosions, the gunfire, and posing like models? Everyone already knows these actors right? No need to develop anything more than flimsy excuses for action/motivation, right? Sarcasm aside - I never thought I'd hear myself say this, but I think Ballistic would have been a better, more sophisticated, film if they scrapped the plot and cliché character developments and just went for 90 minutes of uninterrupted Banderas and Liu gunning at each other backdropped by a slow-mo explosions.

This film would have to scale a cliff before reaching the level of plot intricacies and intelligence that just thrive in Michael Bay films.

We get a crappy plot and crappy characterizations anyway just in case we don't have a favorite actor to root for. We get ultra cliché scenarios that anyone who has been to a theatre in the last fifty years will pick up on. Oh no, a child's been kidnapped – we're supposed to sympathize with the boy. There's the old (young?) has-been former cop (FBI guy in this movie) who lost his motivation – we're supposed to sympathize with him and the loss of his family. And then there's--oh, but wait? What are these plot revelations? What are they pointing towards? Gasp! They're making the already obvious villain even more obvious! Me? I was rooting for the aliens from Independence Day to come down and blow them all up, but the bastards got stuck in traffic.

Somewhere in the movie is a subplot about a nano-assassin, but I cared about that as much as the movie does.

And since we're being honest, I admit this is a great film to watch after a night of provocative and cultured cinema to recalibrate your personal scale to the realities of the industry. Like I explained to the guy at Blockbuster, "I just got a box-set of Hitchcock, been watching those back to back, and the other day I watched De Palma's Femme Fatale. I need something trashy before I become a full-blown film snob." So I walked out with Ballistic and Shark Attack 3, went home, and turned off my mind for a marathon of stock footage and needless gunfire/explosions . . . and all was well.


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