"Ballistica" is a standard spy thriller with a few twists. The car chases, fight scenes, gunfights, and weapons of mass destruction are all present. The twists are the premise (martial arts "forms" combined with handguns) and some outrageous gunfight scenes. The movie is fun to watch. I give it four stars.
* Paul Logan is a believable tough guy. He naturally has a sensitive side. And his character does grow throughout the movie.
* Martin Kove is a trustworthy team leader who inspires confidence in his subordinates. While a minor character, he is almost a lead character. He, too, makes decisions that change his life.
* Robert Davi is the once-trustworthy boss who now plays by the rules and politics.
* The setting-up of a sequel makes perfect sense.
* The CIA uses a worldwide reach rather than staying in a single foreign country. Paul Logan gets around!
* Various non-action scenes or lines of dialog add to the realism and humanity of the film. The characters come alive during those times rather than being one-dimensional fighting machines.
* The bad guys are the timeless standbys --- the Russians and the Chinese. In true 007 style, Paul Logan has a female Russian or Chinese agent as support.
* The ability to dodge bullets by predicting their trajectory requires a large suspension of disbelief.
* The CIA is portrayed as being a bit sloppy, though that may be due to corruption rather than incompetence.
* The trailer is the entire movie. Only a few slight twists remain, though they are more explanatory than essential plot points. That is a serious defect with the way Asylum advertised this movie.
* The sound level was normalized much lower than it should have been.
* Some of the special effects (car scenes, fight scenes) have a low-budget look.
In summary: "Ballistica" is a fun action movie. It is almost a five-star movie; I may rate it up after repeated viewings.