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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)

Writer:

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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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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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ecks vs. Sever See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,010,474, 22 September 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,294,842, 17 November 2002
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The possibly only good review recorded to dare by a professional critic (yet wasn't recorded on Rotten Tomatoes' site) was a review for the Daily Herald by film critic Jean Carey. It was recorded on Sept. 20, 2002 and the headline was " 'Ballistic' a great time at the movies." See more »

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A bus hits, and obviously crunches, a small, metallic-blue car. In the next shot, the car is not damaged. 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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Composed by Andy Hunter and Tedd Tjornhom
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(P) 2002 Sparrow Records
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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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