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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
|*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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