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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)


Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 115

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

Average Rating: 2.4/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 33

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


Average Rating: 2.2/5
User Ratings: 22,937




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 … More

R (for strong violence)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Peter M. Lenkov , Alan McElroy , Alan B. McElroy
In Theaters:
Dec 24, 2002
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (115) | DVD (23)

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

Ballistic is a generic blur of metallic blue and fireball orange set to the contrapuntal sounds of throbbing techno and eardrum-puncturing noise.

Full Review… | October 20, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Kaos is so in love with pyrotechnics -- and so arrogant in his assumptions about his audience -- that in the first few minutes, he presents one critical car explosion without explanation, then has his characters discuss another one.

Full Review… | September 15, 2014
Baltimore Sun

The subplots are so complicated, it's difficult to keep up, let alone care.

Full Review… | September 15, 2014
Christian Science Monitor

It's like watching a movie version of Mad magazine's Spy vs. Spy, but minus the humor.

Full Review… | September 15, 2014
People Magazine

Wrong Turn co-writer Alan B McElroy must have been having a seriously bad day when he penned this abysmal sci-fi conspiracy tale.

Full Review… | September 15, 2014
Radio Times

This explosion movie is a complete bomb.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Common Sense Media

Plot holes galore, clichés, senseless violence, and an incoherent script to top it all off.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Banderas mopes through this hideous and unintelligible enterprise like a bloodhound with a hangover, while Liu elects to look cool in leather in lieu of a performance.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

For all the sundered families, bereaved mothers and mourning spouses, there's not a shred of genuine feeling in the entire film.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sadistic: Gratuitous Vs. Arbitrary.

Full Review… | February 1, 2004

Como descrever um filme que se preocupa apenas com suas explosões, e não com o roteiro, com a direção, a edição ou as atuações? Já sei: é uma bomba!

December 4, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A career low for both Liu and Banderas.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Empire Magazine

The backyard battles you staged with your green plastic army men were more exciting and almost certainly made more sense.

Full Review… | June 26, 2003

Wanton gunfire and witless good guys saturate this sadly scripted waste of hard-earned movie money.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

One of the worst films of 2002.

Full Review… | April 2, 2003
Laramie Movie Scope

Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, have you no pride? Have you no standards? Have you no shame? Don't you pay attention to what's written on the papers you're signing?

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

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

Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu chase each other through a hail of bullets, broken glass and pointless explosions in this borderline nonsensical action flick. I literally cannot even attempt a synopsis of the plot because it makes so little sense! The characters are all cardboard cut-outs spouting action cliches and Ray Park is quite possibly the least charismatic villain I have ever seen. The fight choreography is clumsy and the constant stream of irrelevant stunts start to look plain silly after a while because there's so little plot to hang them on. If it weren't for the star names attached to it, this soulless and mechanical firework display would have struggled to make a straight to DVD release and is little better or intelligent than your average Van Damme debacle. If watching cars fly through the air and spontaneously explode for no reason to bad techno music is enough for you, then it may be worth 90 minutes of your time. If you need a coherent plot or remotely interesting characters, forget it.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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