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Ballistic - Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

Antonio Banderas , Lucy Liu , Wych Kaosayananda  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Talisa Soto, Gregg Henry, Ray Park
  • Directors: Wych Kaosayananda
  • Writers: Alan B. McElroy
  • Producers: Andrew Stevens, Andrew Sugerman, Chris Lee, Dawn Miller, Elie Samaha
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007CVTH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ballistic - Ecks vs. Sever" on IMDb

Special Features

  • HBO First Look: The Making of "Ballistic"
  • Challenge game

Editorial Reviews

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ballistic February 12, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Unlike many reviewers, I enjoyed this film. Each to his or her own. There was alot of action, & I like the actors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Action, What Happened To The Story September 21, 2002
By A Customer
Let me just start off by saying, This movie isn't awful. I have seen and met lots of people that hated it, but I thought it was an excellent attempt by Kaos to make a great American action movie. The reason this movie really suffers is its length, it is so short, they don't give you a lot of time to meet the characters or to unfold the story. The story of this movie is about a microassassin injected into the skin. This plot has a lot of loop holes, but with the right planning they could make them unnoticable they thought. I am a big fan of Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas, and they are very good together in this movie. Antonio Banderas is great as the troubled CIA officer who was on the mission to find his wife. Lucy Liu plays a trained assassin out to avenge her family's death. Lucy Liu plays a lot tougher of a role than Banderas, with many more action scenes. Gant and his crew are acceptable as bad guys. The title of this movie is very misleading, though, which also made me unhappy with this. I expected this movie to be about Antonio Banderas squaring off against Lucy Liu. The title shouldn't really be Ecks Vs. Sever, it should be Ecks And Sever Vs. The Bad Guys, which I didn't find as entertaining. I truly believe, if they would have made this movie longer and put a little more thought into the story and action sequences, this could have been a winner. Unfortunately it became just another Hollywood action movie designed to show how much stuff they can blow up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb action flick fails to generate anything... March 4, 2003
Format:DVD
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for abandoning plot for action, but on at least one of two conditions: it must be good action OR it must be a Van Damme movie. "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever" is neither. As a matter of fact, it's not even up there with your average Steven Seagal flick. It has no real plot, just plot elements with one-dimensional characters reciting weak dialogue and getting into long, repetitive gunfights. I'm a die-hard fan of dumb action movies, but even this is too void for my tastes. The cast, while consisting of a few admirable talents, can't seem to keep the movie flowing and the action is trite and devoid of originality. As far as the movie scene goes, "Ballistic" is pure fluff. Mindless and without any direction, it is dead on the screen before the title even flashes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great January 9, 2013
By WUFFMAN
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a great action movie which keeps you on edge from its beginning to the very end. A must to watch.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars decent special effects, but idiotic, cliched non-story August 14, 2005
Format:DVD
I can't believe that only two years after the big hit, Charlie's Angels, Lucy Liu appeared in this made-in-Canada cheapie.

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.

Confusing, no?

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.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Suspend disbelief first May 25, 2004
Format:DVD
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.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AMAZING <3
Published 13 days ago by Alla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun movie
Published 2 months ago by Bryan Downer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great. wish they did another.
Published 2 months ago by david w. morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this is the bomb
Published 3 months ago by leon b lafleur
5.0 out of 5 stars Action
Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu are fantastic in this movie. Action packed and fun. It is a great movie. I recommend this to anyone who likes spy movies or action packed thrillers.
Published 4 months ago by taplinsa
5.0 out of 5 stars Good FLick
Good movie with a lot of action and adventure, some suspense and a good cast of characters that execute their roles well.
Published 5 months ago by Hyperjump
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
An action movie, love the mall shooting scene. Fantastic fight scenes! The story is okay but this is definitely a movie for people who enjoy watching the fight.
Published 10 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballistic - Ecks vs. Sever
It is very good action movie we like it & good condition too. Thank you and have a great day friends!!
Published 13 months ago by Mai P. Pham
2.0 out of 5 stars Good cast, at best decent execution.
How can you go wrong in an action movie with Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas? Well, just ask the creators of Ballistic - Ecks vs Sever. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but really likeable
When I first saw this film, I kind of said "eh!", but then I thought about it. The plot is straightforward, but believable. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rita Book Daly
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