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BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER

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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.