Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
|Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever|
Theatrical film poster
|Produced by||Chris Lee
|Written by||Alan B. McElroy|
|Music by||Don Davis|
|Edited by||Jay Cassidy
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|September 20, 2002|
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever is a 2002 American action-thriller film starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, and directed by Wych Kaosayananda (under the pseudonym of "Kaos"). Liu and Banderas play opposing secret agents who are supposedly enemies, but team up during the movie to fight a common enemy. The film was widely panned by critics, sometimes listed among the worst movies ever made. In March 2007, the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film #1 among "The Worst of the Worst" movie list, where the film has a 0% rating, based on 115 reviews, meaning that not a single critic gave it a positive review. The film was also a Box office bomb, recouping just over $19.9 million of its $70-million budget.
Michael, the son of Robert Gant (Gregg Henry), director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is kidnapped when he returns home from a trip to Berlin, despite a heavily armed DIA escort. The kidnapper is a former DIA agent named Sever (Lucy Liu). Former FBI agent Jeremiah Ecks (Antonio Banderas) is asked by his old boss, Martin, to investigate the case. Ecks realizes the kidnapper must be one of the Chinese girls the DIA adopts and trains as secret agents and assassins. Gant orders his DIA agents led by his right-hand man, Ross, to pursue Sever.
Ecks discovers Gant stole a dangerous nanobot assassin, which operates in the human circulatory system. Gant had placed the nanobot in Michael's body to smuggle it into the country.
At the outset of the film, Gant is married to Vinn (Talisa Soto), who was previously married to Ecks. Gant is later revealed to have separated from Vinn and Ecks by staging their deaths by car bomb so each of them thought the other was dead. Vinn was officially declared dead and had a closed-casket funeral attended by Ecks. Gant had also facilitated a mission in which Sever's husband and child are killed. Sever blames Gant for their deaths, so it initially appears that Sever has kidnapped Gant's son, Michael, for revenge. However, Michael is not Gant's son, but actually Ecks is Michael's father and Sever has kidnapped Michael to keep him safe from Gant.
A final battle happens near an old railroad station. There, Ross and Gant confront Ecks and Sever, who have teamed up to defeat Gant. A long battle with explosions and gunfire follows, with Ecks and Sever eventually getting the upper hand on the DIA agents sent to kill them. Ross confronts Sever inside a laboratory, and hand-to-hand combat ensues. Eventually, Sever wins the fight and kills Ross with a death strike to the neck. Gant is revealed to have placed the nanobot inside Michael's arm, but as he attempts to retrieve it, he is surprised to learn that it is not there. Sever then shoots Gant in the arm with the bullet prepared earlier with the nanobot, produces the remote for the nanobot, and presses the button - killing him. Sever escapes as the police and FBI arrive. The film concludes with Ecks and Sever looking over the sea and Ecks thanking Sever for reuniting him with his family.
- Antonio Banderas as FBI Agent Jeremiah Ecks
- Lucy Liu as Agent Sever
- Gregg Henry as DIA Director Robert Gant / Agent Clark
- Ray Park as A. J. Ross
- Talisa Soto as Rayne Gant / Vinn Ecks
- Miguel Sandoval as Julio Martin
- Terry Chen as Agent Harry Lee
- Roger R. Cross as Zane
- Sandrine Holt as Agent Bennett
- Steve Bacic as Agent Fleming
- Tony Alcantar as Edgar Moore
- David Palffy as Sleazy Man
- David Pearson as VPD Officer
- Norm Sherry as Ross Sniper
- Brian Drummond as VPD Officer
- Joel Kramer as Bus Driver
- John DeSantis as Bus Guard #2
- Charles Andre as Agent Addis
- Mike Dopud as DIA Agent
- Jonathan Kelly as the Da Feiji technology teacher
- Jet Li as man in car (uncredited)
- Aidan Drummond as Michael Gant
- Eric Breker as Agent Curtis
- David Parker as Dark Suit #1
- Josephine Jacob as Pretty Girl
- John McConnach as Escort Agent
- Ashley Kobayashi as Mali
- Lenora Wong as Harry's wife
- Jim Filippone as DIA pilot
- Justin Liu as the common Da Feiji master
Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever was universally panned by critics and has a rare 0% score on Rotten tomatoes based on 115 reviews with an average rating of 2.6 out of 10. The critical consensus states "A startlingly inept film, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever offers overblown, wall-to-wall action without a hint of wit, coherence, style, or originality." The film has a score of 19 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 26 reviews.
Roger Ebert gave the film half a star out of four and later listed it on his most hated movies list and said of the film "There is nothing wrong with the title "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever" that renaming it "Ballistic" would not have solved. Strange that they would choose such an ungainly title when, in fact, the movie is not about Ecks versus Sever but about Ecks and Sever working together against a common enemy--although Ecks, Sever and the audience take a long time to figure that out."
Among the most obvious plot holes noted by critics of the film is the fact that the FBI - an organization intended to work within the United States - is somehow working in Vancouver, causing costly shootouts with other Americans.
Along with the critical mauling the film was also a massive Box office bomb. In 2,705 theaters it grossed $7,010,474, with an average of $2,591 per theater and ranking #4 at the box office. The film ultimately earned $14,307,963 domestically and $5,616,070 internationally for a total of $19,924,033, well below its $70 million production budget.
The soundtrack includes these tracks:
- Main Title
- Name of the Game
- Smartbomb [Plump Dj's Remix]
- Heaven Scent [Original Mix]
- The Flow
- I Think of You [Screamer Remix]
- Hell Above Water
- I Need Love
- The Aquarium
A Game Boy Advance first-person shooter, "Ecks vs. Sever", was based on a very early version of the film script and, story wise, is almost nothing like the final rewrite. It was released in 2001, before the film. It received very positive reviews and received a 9/10 on IGN. The game was considered an impressive technological feat on the GBA and was accepted more than the film itself. A second game created after the premiere, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, which follows the plot-line from the film, is considered a sequel to the first game.
- List of films considered the worst
- List of films with a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes
- List of American films of 2002
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- "Worst of the Worst 2009 - Witless Protection". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
- "Worst of the Worst". Archived from the original on 2008-07-02.
- "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- Harris, Craig (30 November 2001). "Ecks vs. Sever". IGN. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
- Metacritic Review Database for the Ecks vs. Sever GBA game