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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Reviews

September 15, 2014
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?
September 15, 2014
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.
March 10, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 5, 2007
Between explosions there is enough room left for only minimal character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 5, 2007
Director Wych Kaosayananda -- or Kaos, to you -- is stupendously inept, unable even to properly light a combat sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
January 5, 2007
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.
October 20, 2002
Ballistic is a generic blur of metallic blue and fireball orange set to the contrapuntal sounds of throbbing techno and eardrum-puncturing noise.
September 23, 2002
One of the worst movies of the year.
September 20, 2002
Enough to make a critic go ballistic.
September 20, 2002
Almost completely uninvolving, as well as being impenetrable.
September 20, 2002
For years, people have joked about an action movie that might eliminate plot altogether and simply cut to the pyrotechnics. Someone has finally done it.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 20, 2002
Some movies were made for the big screen, some for the small screen, and some, like Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, were made for the palm screen.
September 20, 2002
The reunion scene between Ecks and his wife is seat-squirmingly awful. It's one of the few moments where there isn't an explosion, and where we really could've used one.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
September 20, 2002
Two big things are missing -- anything approaching a visceral kick, and anything approaching even a vague reason to sit through it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
September 20, 2002
A fine achievement in stupidity and dullness despite plenty of explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 20, 2002
I'm guessing the director is a magician. After all, he took three minutes of dialogue, 30 seconds of plot and turned them into a 90-minute movie that feels five hours long.
September 20, 2002
Kaos, the screenwriters and the actors occasionally seem to forget even the tiny handful of plot points that have been established, such as the names of the characters.
September 20, 2002
The awkwardly titled Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (try saying it 10 times fast) amply demonstrates how even a movie with wall-to-wall action can be a crashing bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 20, 2002
Connoisseurs of bad action-movie dialogue will delight in scenes that have "DIA" operatives, dressed in what look like black beekeeper outfits, racing about Vancouver with machine guns slung over their shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 20, 2002
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever is an ungainly mess, submerged in mayhem, occasionally surfacing for cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
September 19, 2002
If you collected all the moments of coherent dialogue, they still wouldn't add up to the time required to boil a four- minute egg.
Read More | Original Score: .5/4
September 19, 2002
It's loud and boring; watching it is like being trapped at a bad rock concert.
September 19, 2002
This grim, joyless motion picture is anything but fun. It's a chore to sit through, with all the blazing, noisy pyrotechnics proving unable to lighten the mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2002
There's lots of fighting, which is a good thing because the action in this movie is better than the talk. But that isn't saying much.
Read More | Original Score: D
September 19, 2002
The action scenes have all the suspense of a 20-car pileup, while the plot holes are big enough for a train car to drive through -- if Kaos hadn't blown them all up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 19, 2002
Ballistic is all over the map, a series of overwrought-yet -underachieving action set pieces punctuated by a muddled story line.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 19, 2002
One well-timed explosion in a movie can be a knockout, but a hundred of them can be numbing. Proof of this is Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.
September 19, 2002
To the civilized mind, a movie like Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever is more of an ordeal than an amusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 19, 2002
While much of the film's action ... comes live, as opposed to the digital mayhem of the game, Thai director Kaos (a.k.a. Wych Kaosayananda), making his inauspicious Hollywood debut, still can't breathe any life into it.
September 19, 2002
Ballistic offers little beyond what you'd find in a typical subpar Hollywood action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 19, 2002
I'd truly hoped that Ballistic would be a kicky so-bad- it's-good guilty pleasure. But it's too flat, stale, confusing and lazy.
Read More | Original Score: D
September 19, 2002
Kaos was apparently aiming for a coolly stylized, straight-faced take on Spy vs. Spy. As Maxwell Smart used to say, 'Missed it by that much.'
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 17, 2002
Why have a plot, characters, dialogue? Maybe the sequel will be called Simplistic: Bullets vs. Humans.