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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

video review out of 4 Movie Review: Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

Starring: Lucy Liu, Antonio Banderas
Director: Wych Kaosayananda
Rated: R
RunTime: 87 Minutes
Release Date: September 2002
Genres: Action, Suspense

*Also starring: Ray Park, Talisa Soto, Aidan Drummond, Gregg Henry, Miguel Sandoval

Review by Steve Rhodes
½ star out of 4

BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER, one of the worst titles of the year, turns out to be one of the worst movies of the year. It stars ten thousand bullets and hundreds of bombs, although its posters misleadingly imply that Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas are the leads. In supporting roles, Liu, as Agent Sever, tries her best to perform like an inhuman automaton. Banderas, as a disheveled rival agent named Ecks, saves the audience from having to hear most of his inane dialog. His speech is a mumbled version of something that approximates English. The result is a movie that should appeal only to hard core NRA members and to teenage boys.

I've read that the movie is based on a second rate video game. I believe it. What I can't figure out is why anyone would want to watch a video game, especially one this unrealistic. Playing it is one thing, but viewing it is about as much fun as watching popcorn explode.

The movie's confusing plot involves rival US government agencies fighting in Canada over something that involves a shadow government and new ways to kill people. The actors all approach their work with dead seriousness as if none of them were smart enough to realize how atrocious the material is.

The film's only saving grace? It's occasionally -- although not nearly often enough -- funny, albeit never intentionally. Maybe you'll be lucky, and there'll be a power outage during your screening so you can get your money back.

BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER runs 1:25. It is rated R for "strong violence" and would be acceptable for teenagers.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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