Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)



Critic Consensus: A startlingly inept film, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever offers overblown, wall-to-wall action without a hint of wit, coherence, style, or originality.

Movie Info

Two former government agents square off as they search for the most deadly new weapon on Earth in this white-knuckle thriller. Sever (Lucy Liu) was once a top agent with the Defense Intelligence Agency, but she quit when her son was killed in a bungled raid organized by Gant (Gregg Henry), and has sworn to take vengeance against him and his colleagues. When Sever learns that Gant and his team are in possession of a remarkable new weapon -- a microscopic device injected into the victim's bloodstream which is benign until triggered, then kills immediately without leaving a trace -- she is determined to get her hands on it, whatever the cost. However, Gant has turned rogue, and FBI agent Julio Martin (Miguel Sandoval) has been ordered to find him and recover his new weapon. Martin needs the best man he can find for the job, and calls upon Jeremiah Ecks (Antonio Banderas), a former FBI tracker, to do the job. Ecks quit the Bureau when his wife was killed, but Martin informs Ecks that his spouse is actually alive and in hiding, and if he can bring in Gant, she will be returned to him. But Ecks has to face the most formidable adversary of his life in Sever, a master of mayhem bent on revenge. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever was the first English-language feature from Thai filmmaker Wych Kaosayananda (aka Kaos), whose first feature Fah was a box-office blockbuster in his homeland. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Peter M. Lenkov, Alan McElroy, Alan B. McElroy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 24, 2002
Box Office: $14.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Antonio Banderas
as Jeremiah Ecks
Lucy Liu
as Sever
Gregg Henry
as Robert Gant
Talisa Soto
as Rayne Gant
Miguel Sandoval
as Julio Martin
Sandrine Holt
as Agent Bennett
Steve Bacic
as Agent Fleming
Eric Breker
as Agent Curtis
Tony Alcantar
as Edgar Moore
David Parker
as Dark Suit #1
Josephine Jacob
as Pretty Girl
David Palffy
as Sleazy Man
David Allan Pearson
as VPD Officer (Sc. 73)
John McConnach
as Escort Agent (Sc. 11...
Norm Sherry
as Ross Sniper
Brian Drummond
as VPD Officer (Sc. 116...
Lenora Wong
as Harry's Wife
Joel Kramer
as Bus Driver
John De Santis
as Bus Guard #2
Charles Andre
as Agent Addis
Mike Dopud
as DIA Agent (Sc. 36, ...
Scott Leva
as Lone Sniper
Jim Filippone
as DIA Pilot
Mike Dopud
as DIA Agent (Sc. 36, ...
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Critic Reviews for Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (33)

For many viewers, the big question may be not whether Ecks and Sever will get together, or why they are fighting in the first place, but why am I sitting here, anyway?

Full Review… | September 15, 2014
Associated Press
Top Critic

An action film starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever looks like a video-game promo, has a story that plays like the fifth episode of a struggling syndicated action show, and feels like a headache waiting to happen.

Full Review… | September 15, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Between explosions there is enough room left for only minimal character development.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Director Wych Kaosayananda -- or Kaos, to you -- is stupendously inept, unable even to properly light a combat sequence.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Before seeing this film I couldn't understand why the producers had given it a subtitle; afterward I realized Ecks vs. Sever was probably the full script.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An endless barrage of bullets and bazookas

Full Review… | October 9, 2015

Audience Reviews for Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

one of the worst movies of all time. wow... garbage.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

A great Action Flick.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


Ballistic-Ecks vs. Sever is so incredibly bad on a mammoth scale that I feel like I should give every movie I've reviewed up to this point an extra star just for not being this one. I could talk about the director's name being Kaos, a scene where a cop holds a gun on a dead body, the irrepressibly bad acting, the piss poor soundtrack, monstrous absences in logic, painful dialogue or the incoherent war crime story but I won't. There is no mistaking that Ballistic-Ecks vs. Sever is complete and total dogshit but in a really fucked up way it kind of works. Granted, it works in the same way that mustard gas or a backed up toilet works, but if you love wasting your time on almost-total shit you should have a great time. I knew this movie was going to be bad, the only question was how bad. And the answer? Pretty fucking bad. The more I think about this movie the more I want those 91 minutes of my life back...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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