Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

1 Overall Score
Story: 1/10
Acting: 1/10
Visuals: 1/10


Not even so-bad-it-is-good

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Ballistic:  Ecks vs. Sever

Studio:  Franchise Pictures

Genre(s):  Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  September 20, 2002

MPAA Rating:  R


I’m Ecks…I’m totally ballistic!

The son of the Defense Intelligence Agency director Robert Gant (Gregg Henry) and his wife Vinn (Talisa Soto) is kidnapped by a rogue DIA agent named Sever (Lucy Liu) in a plot for revenge.  When Jeremiah Ecks (Antonio Banderas) is pulled in to work the case, Ecks learns that Sever might have keys to his wife’s death…now, two assassins face off but might just discover they have a common enemy!

Directed by Kaos (Wych Kaosayananda), Ballistic:  Ecks vs. Sever is an action thriller.  The film was universally panned by critics and a huge box office bomb.  The film also has the distinction of being listed as one of the worst films ever made.


I’m Sever…I’m also totally ballistic

Action movies like Ballistic:  Ecks vs. Sever generally aren’t my favorite type of film.  Mindless action and explosions generally aren’t very compelling no matter how exciting they are.  Ballistic:  Ecks vs. Sever has action and explosions…but it doesn’t even have the excitement factor going for it.

Most of the time with action films you get the lamest, most basic storyline.  Here, you get an unnaturally confusing story that is way too complex for what it is trying.  There are shadowy organizations, ridiculous detective work, and a convoluted romance/faked death storyline that doesn’t even make sense…add to that you have the FBI working in Canada which isn’t supposed to happen.


Are you ballistic, Mr. Park? I think not!

The movie’s acting is equal to its plot.  Both Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu seem to just sleepwalk through the movie and take their paychecks.  Both actors are dull and uninspiring.  They are joined by Gregg Henry as the “villain” and his wingman played by Ray Park.

Visually, Ballistic:  Ecks vs. Sever should have been slick and stylish.  The movie needed to be a face paced thrill ride and it is instead not slick enough.  I could have forgiven the movie if it was loaded with big special effects, but the movie doesn’t even do this.  It is truly uninspiring.

Ballistic:  Ecks vs. Sever isn’t even fun enough to be called so-bad-it-is-good.  It is just bad, dull, and totally forgettable.  There are so many better action movies or even better mindless action movies which are more fun.  The movie is a failure all fronts…even suffering from one of the worst titles of all time.  Ballistic:  Ecks vs. Sever just isn’t worth the time.

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