January 03, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/20/02
performer
Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Terry Chen, Roger R. Cross, Gregg Henry, Ray Park, Talisa Soto
director
Wych Kaosayananda
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Peter M. Lenkov, Alan B. McElroy
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy
We gave it a C-

Banderas plays an FBI burnout — saddled with the improbable real name of Jeremiah Ecks — whose wife was allegedly killed but is, naturally, still alive. Liu plays a lethal renegade agent, code-named (one hopes) Sever, who kidnaps the son of a big bad government spook. Thanks to plot contortions worthy of The A-Team, they end up joining forces and ridding Vancouver of evil. If only the filmmakers had spent as much on the script as they did on the pyrotechnics, the ineptly titled Ballistic might’ve been a potent thriller. As is, it’s just a lame exercise in stuff that blows up real good.

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