Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever is a 2002 espionage action-thriller film directed by Wych Kaosayananda in his Hollywood debut. It starred Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu as the title characters, ex-FBI agent Jeremiah Ecks and ex-DIA agent Sever, respectively.
The film has the honor of being called one of the worst movies ever made; among its list of achievements include a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the top spot on that site's Worst of the Worst (2000-2009) list, being one of Roger Ebert's most hated movies, and bombing at the box office, making only $19.9 million out of a budget of $70 million. However, it should be noted that the movie never won, or even got nominated for, any Razzie Awards.
Like another movie by Franchise Pictures, it has received two licensed games for the Game Boy Advance that are widely considered to be absolutely superior to the movie itself.
When his son is kidnapped by Sever, DIA director Robert Gant (Gregg Henry) orders his right-hand man A. J. Ross (Ray Park) to rescue him and to take her down. At the same time, the FBI unretires Ecks to investigate a theft committed by Gant involving a new kind of assassination weapon, and to take down Sever as well.
Why It Sucks
- Incredibly misleading title: Both Ecks and Sever only fight once in the entire movie and they become allies for the rest of the movie.
- Poorly done action scenes. What should've been cool or amazing wound up becoming boring because they reuse the exact same formula over and over again (The Smeghead of Cinematic Excrement described them as a "monotonous and uninspired barrage of gunshots and explosions"). If they aren't boring, they ended up becoming either unintentionally hilarious or simply ridiculous.
- Terrible acting. Antonio Banderas looks like he's either barely conscious or drunk while Lucy Liu gives a phoned-in, emotionless performance.
- Lackluster fight scene. The rooftop fight looks more dumb and more like a fight choreography instead of a real fight.
- The story makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Among the highlights:
- American agencies such as the FBI and the DIA somehow have jurisdiction in Canada (most of the movie takes place in Vancouver quite possibly to justify being filmed there as with most other mainstream American films).
- The villain (Gant) somehow faked the deaths of both Ecks and his wife just by bombing their empty cars.
- The aforementioned assassination weapon is a needlessly complicated nanobot that can kill its target with a heart attack, and only works if it is fired using a bullet or injected to its intended victim like an ordinary poison.
- Terrible soundtrack by Don Davis, which mostly consists of generic and unappealing techno music save for a few exceptions.
- Overuse of slow-motion.
- Antonio Banderas starts off with a beard, then appears clean-shaven in one scene, and then the beard is back in the next scene.
- Dumb character decisions.
- Good excuse for Antonio Banderas to mumble throughout the film.
Ballistic: Eck vs. Sever was universally panned and has been described as one of the worst films ever made. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with 118 reviews, the film has a rare approval rating of 0% – meaning no positive reviews – receiving an average rating of 2.6/10. Among the films that hold, or have held, a 0% rating, Ballistic has the most reviews. The website's 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". In March 2007, Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film #1 on its "The Worst of the Worst" movie list, noting it as "the worst-reviewed movie in our site's history". The film also has a score of 19 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on reviews from 26 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".