Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
For the experienced moviegoer, there are certain warning signs associated with a new film. As shrill as a fire alarm, these signs alert the attentive viewer of dangerously bad cinema. Of course, not all of these are foolproof, but just the same it's not a bad checklist either. Here are the warning signs that 2002's Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever gives off:
With twelve strikes to its credit Ballistic would make one hell of a bowling score. Maybe it's unfair to judge the picture by these issues, but it really is as bad as it sounds: Master spy Jerimiah Ecks (Antonio Banderas) squares off against Sever (Lucy Liu) after she kidnaps a major diplomat's son. However, the diplomat (Henry) is the real bad guy, as he was smuggling something across the border through his kid. He also married Ecks' wife (Talisa Soto) after both parties thought the other was dead. It isn't long before Ecks realizes that maybe Sever isn't the bad girl he thought she was. Lots of stuff blows up in between, but that would be interesting only if a) Liu worked the silent-assassin-cool better; b) Banderas wasn't so far above this material; or c) the action scenes were exciting. You're better off picking d), for don't even bother. Snap-case.
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