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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (Widescreen) [Import]
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This is a story of two spies, who are lifelong adversaries, engaged in a cat-and-mouse hunt. Jonathan Ecks (Banderas) is an FBI agent hunting the other, Sever (Liu) a rogue NSA agent. What they learn, however, while trying to kill each other... is that they might be on the same side, and faced with a threat greater to each other than themselves.
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I will agree that the film's plot exists only to perpetutate the action, which consists of motorcycle chases, blazin' gun wars, and several great martial arts battles, which include the opening sequence, in which the Chinese "good" assasin Sever (Lucy Liu) "kidnaps" her ex-employer's son, a sequence during which Sever beats the bejesus out of Agent Jeremiah Ecks (Antonio Banderas), whose searching for information on his "deceased" wife, and the final fight, in which Sever takes on Ross, whose after a new "invention" she has hidden, and who is played by none other than the great Ray Park!
Notice how many quotation marks I used there? That could explain some of the film's unpopulartiy. By the halfway point, BALLISTIC:ECKS VS SEVER has had so many plot twists, it makes THE SIXTH SENSE's one big big plot twist look silly (well, okay, let's not go nuts here, but you get the idea.)
I am not an especially big fan of Antonio Banderas, but he comes across as a good male lead. It was really Lucy Liu that drew me to this film. Trust me, she is the only one of CHARLIE'S ANGELS who is a REAL martial artist, and she gets her chance to prove it this time around, with none of the over-the-top, pushing-the-envelope type of wire-fu (I'm looking at you, FULL THROTTLE)
Basically, BALLISTIC:ECKS VS SEVER is not half as bad as it is made out to be. Anyone looking for some good action should check it out, and you'll love to see Lucy Liu throwin' some real nice high kicks and just looking like a beautiful ANGEL. (If your'e still not impressed with Lucy, be sure to check out KILL BILL VOL. 1, when she gets to be the villianess.)
There's something of a plot here, but I'm not entirely sure what the hell was going on. Antonio Banderas plays FBI Agent Ecks, Lucy Liu is Agent Sever, and the two of them are duking it out because they somehow have crossed paths with a wealthy man (Gregg Henry) who is determined to smuggle a small electronic device that can assassinate its intended victim via heart attack. Mixed up in it all is Talisa Soto as Banderas' supposedly dead wife, only she's not really dead. Much mayhen ensues.
Ballistic is directed by Kaos, a Thai filmmaker who apparently wanted his movies to live up to his name. This is his first American feature and he shows almost no ability in crafting an action sequence. Martial arts fights that should get the adrenaline-pumping are so stiltedly choreographed, it'll inspire either laughs or yawns. Kaos also goes overboard on the slow motion, ensuring there's never an opportunity for the fight scenes to build momentum. And this is the only film I can think of where the people involved in a car chase actually follow the speed limit!
I feel a bit sorry for the cast here, particularly Lucy Liu, whose martial arts talents are squandered here.Read more ›
The "plot" is right out of a late night action flick you'd see on cable TV back in the 80s. There's some vague reference to super technology, but it's all mired in heaps of pitiful plot twists. People are mistaken for dead, their children are taken away from them, identities are changed... A story this implausible should at least be FUN so that the viewer can overlook the faults. Another Liu movie, the first Charlie's Angels, at least understands this.
Liu does have some good moves as Sever, though, and Banderas mumbles his way through depression well enough. There are also some decent musical choices. Not great, maybe not even good, but like I said... decent. It's enough to keep me from giving it a single star.
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I watched the trailer on 'us.imdb.com,' in 2013 and it looked like it was fun. But when I watched the movie, it was so boring. No wonder why it was available for $0.01. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Christopher A. Rozario
Is there any special way to make a movie? Well I guess that there is afther reading many reviews on this one. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2007 by Francois Tessier
Some movies require detailed reviews, examining topics like direction, plot and characterization. This is not one of them. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by mrliteral
This movie is about family values. It's about Ecks (Bandeiras) defending the family he doesn't know he has, and about Sever (Liu) defending the family she doesn't have. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by wiredweird
What a horrible movie. I don't even know how it made it to the big screen. The only reason I went to see it was because I am a huge fan of Lucy Lui. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Tim Chapin
this movie is not to good. The spy vs spy turns midway through as they teaam up to destroy a greater evil and rescue a child. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004
I saw this movie to get a better impression of Lucy Liu, but she didn't really have much to act or say in this movie. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Sinitta
"Ballistic -- Ecks vs. Sever," the most unappealing title of recent years, has still an appealing element in Lucy Liu; many people might want to see her give a kick or... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by Amazon Customer
Oh my god this was just pathetic. It was funny as all heck but it wasn't supposed to be a comedy. This movie was terrible. Lucy Lu is not a good action figure. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003
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