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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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Wych Kaosayananda (as Kaos)

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Alan B. McElroy (as Alan McElroy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Jeremiah Ecks
Lucy Liu ... Sever
Gregg Henry ... Robert Gant / Clark
Ray Park ... A.J. Ross
Talisa Soto ... Vinn / Rayne
Miguel Sandoval ... Julio Martin
Terry Chen ... Harry
Roger Cross ... Zane (as Roger R. Cross)
Sandrine Holt ... Agent Bennett
Steve Bacic ... Agent Fleming
Aidan Drummond Aidan Drummond ... Michael
Eric Breker ... Agent Curtis
Tony Alcantar ... Edgar Moore
David Parker David Parker ... Dark Suit #1
Josephine Jacob Josephine Jacob ... Pretty Girl
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

X vs. Sever See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,010,474, 22 September 2002

Gross USA:

$14,294,842
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Kaos would later make another film that had to be reedited for producers, this time under his own free will, thirteen years later with the film Zero Tolerance (2015). See more »

Goofs

Twice during the film, Ecks is knocked flat and props himself up by pressing the barrel of his gun into the ground. That's very poor weapons handling, and any debris in the barrel could cause the gun to malfunction. See more »

Quotes

[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 Matrix (1999) See more »

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The Flow
Performed by Darude
Composed by Darude (as Ville Virtanen) and Toni Lahde.
Arranged by Darude (as Ville Virtanen) and Jaakko Salovaara
Published by BMG Music Finland.
Courtesy of Strictly Rhythm Records LLC., Neo Records Ltd. and 16 Inch Records/ Stargate Music OY
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absurdly bad espionage thriller
28 September 2002 | by Buddy-51See 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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