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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
|*Also starring: ||Ray Park, Talisa Soto, Aidan Drummond, Gregg Henry, Miguel Sandoval||
Review by Susan Granger
0 stars out of 4
Pow! Bang! Boom! I went to see this high-volume, ferociously
explosive movie so you don't have to. It's dreadful! You can stop reading here
or continue for the full explanation.
Wearing an unattractive three-day stubble, Antonio Banderas ("Spy
Kids") plays a grizzled, guilt-ridden former F.B.I. agent Jeremiah Ecks who
resigned from detective work after his wife was killed by a car bomb. Or was
she? Ecks is ready to rock again when mentor (Miguel Sandoval) intimates that
his wife may still be alive. It seems that a lethal, super-assassin with the
code name Sever - that's Lucy Liu ("Charlie's Angels") - has turned against her
billionaire boss (Gregg Henry) and his undercover operation known as the D.I.A.
(Defense Intelligence Agency). She's after an ingenious, new, microscopic and
injectible techno virus which lies dormant inside its victim until activated -
and then kills in an instant, leaving no trace. Plus there's a kidnapped child
who must be saved - and all of this incomprehensible intrigue takes place in
Thai director Wych Kaosayananda, who refers to himself as Kaos (as
in confusion), confines his attention to the hand-to-hand combat and stunts. I
doubt that the plot was even relevant to him because the action has little
coherence, and he obviously spent little time directing either Banderas or Liu
who have never given more inept performances. The only amusing line writer Alan
McElroy devises occurs when Ecks is stunned by Sever's formidable cache of
weapons. "Some women buy shoes," Sever explains. Funny? Not really - but at that
point I was struggling to stay awake. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10,
"Ecks vs. Sever" is an overblown, stupefyingly boring 1. Fortunately, it's
considerably less than two hours long.
Copyright © 2002 Susan Granger
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