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Ballistic - Ecks vs. Sever
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The story is nonsensical and confusing. The DVD's description says Liu is an NSA agent, but she's with the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), sort of.
I say "sort of," because the movie's DIA is not the US Pentagon's DIA, but apparently some "shadow government" in Canada that hires Chinese orphans (girls abandoned by their parents in China due to China's "one child" policy), to be ruthless assassins. The characters in the movie talk of a "shadow goverment" and the film is set in Canada, with Canadian cops chasing people, so I guess they mean a Canadian "shadow government."
However, this "shadow government" is legitamate. We know this, because they get cooperation from the police in trying to kill rogue assassin Lucy Liu. Only, this "shadow government" is also evil and illegitamite, because some FBI people, linked to the Canadian police or DIA or whoever, force ex-FBI agent Antonio Banderas out of retirement to find a child that Lucy Liu kidnapped.
In the Special Features, the director says, "In my research, I found that there really is a DIA." Clearly, neither he nor the writer have a clue as to what the DIA is. It's a branch of the Pentagon primarily concerned with military intelligence.
Lucy Liu's assassin dresses in Lara Croft fashion, walking the streets of Vancouver in spandex and a cape. In the Special Feature, Liu says she was intrigued that the assassin was a woman, because it added "a whole other dimension" to the role.
What other dimension? The screen has been full of ass-kicking lady spies since The Avenger's Emma Peel, yet people still talk as if it's a new thing.Read more ›
Get it? No? Me neither.
Oh, and there's a deadly nano-thingie making the rounds. That has something to do with the plot, too. Uh, let's just skip the plot.
This is actually an enjoyable guns'n'fights movie. Liu does the super-spy-babe thing very well, and with less facial expression than Keanu Reeves. Come to think of it, the bad guy doesn't have much in the way of facial expressions either, mostly a big evil grin seemingly held in place with botox and superglue. Lots of things blow up, and blow up in the bad guys' faces. That part was a bit puzzling, though: after the explosions, everyone just gets up and plays again.
If you want lots of gunfire and running around, it's a pretty good movie. Still, I was glad that I had a book in hand while watching it.
A) you have no reasonable story.
B) you don't get in fact many actions from Ms. Liu.
C) and you see the worst performance from Antonio Banderas in his career.
Sorry to say that, but it's true. Banderas plays an ex FBI agent Ecks, whom you first find drunk, as usual, and who had a wife and kid in the past ... as usual. And Lucy Liu is some secret agent Sever who was trained for special mission or something, as you know, and she now works alone ... well, as you know. Anyway, Sever kidnaps a boy of the boss of some government organization DIA (Greg Henry), and the event, which should have been made with much exciting shots, is followed by many, many gunshots and explosions in Vancouver.
The film looks like a bad Hong-Kong actioner, in which no coherent story is given. There are several surprisingly memorable shots, but they are not many, and most of all, it is painful to watch that these two leading stars, especially Banderas who seems exhaused, (and ill-used Ray Park, "Episode I" and "X-Men") look very tired and uninterested. Even a kidnapped boy looks tired too, as if he wants to go home, home of his own.
I heard the director Wych Kaosayananda, born in Thailand, made a hit there with his previous film "Fah," which led to this English-speaking film. I don't know, but the film must have shown some promising thing in it. And I admit some stunts are good in his second film. But they are all mixed up with incredibly incoherent story, which is very irritating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this movie. Looked everywhere and finally found it on amazon. ThanksPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoy both the lead actors in this movie and it was neat watching Lucy Lui kicking ass. It always seems like Greg Henry plays a bad guy.Published 5 months ago by Allan Hamilton
I have loved this movie and watched it numerous times over the years. Just decided that it was time to own my own copy so I can watch it when I desire.Published 6 months ago by Steven OKusky
good hard hitting action movie the storyline kind of slows down and at time get boreing but the movie is greatPublished 12 months ago by scott
I brought this movie on vhs when I was 16 years old. I lost it and forgot about this movie. I happen to look it up and remember I had it. I then decided to order it on DVD.Published 13 months ago by Jacob powell
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