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Ballistic: Ecks VS Sever
DVD disk
Oct 7, 2004 By: The Arrow
Ballistic: Ecks VS Sever order
Director:
Kaos

Actors:
Antonio Banderas
Lucy Liu
Ray Park

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Extras:
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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Antonio Banderas is Ecks, an ex-FBI Agent who lost his wife. Lucy Liu is Sever, a disgruntled Special Agent looking to settle a personal score. Both individuals collide in an array of guns, martial arts fights, car crashes and grandiose explosions. The rest of the plot is inconsequential. All you need to know is that shite blows up real good. Like REAL GOOD! Load up the M-60 and keep your eyes on that Liu derriere!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It's like this, guys: the story here is a mess, the plot is filled with holes and the limits of plausibility are pushed more than once. If youre craving a strong narrative, LOOK ELSEWHERE! If it's vacuous entertainment youre in the mood to chew on, read on. The good news for us action junkies is: there isnt much plot scenes in here to begin with. This flick is basically a 90-minute excuse to relentlessly showcase enthralling action set pieces one after the other through an uber-polished, smoke-machine-heavy, slow motion whoring visual style. Nothing wrong with that! If you have a gun fetish, strap on your seat belt, because its all about artillery here. Yippee! As for the over the top mayhem scenes, well, they went from awesome to decent to so-so (was it me or was the motorcycle chase TOO SLOW?). But overall, they were all a major trip to behold on some level and yes...I had a knee-slapping good time!

Hands down, this had to be one of the more effortless movies Ive ever had to sit through. The pace is lightning fast, the dialogue is practically absent and the stylistic images kept me engaged while providing me with plenty an eyeful. Now I did have to bear with the tacky soundtrack that sometimes went mucho sour in a home synthesizer deal kind of way and the blonde bad guy did get on my freakin' nerves, but the sight of Banderas stubble, cool threads and intense stare made up for that. As for the rest of the films flaws, Lucy Liu shutting up and kicking all kinds of ass in a bootie shaped tight leather outfit, somewhat made up them too. Think about it, can you really go wrong with Lucy Liu mowing down a whole city block with an M-60? Didnt think so. Sprinkle that with Ray Park showing off some fly kicks, insane car crashes up the ying-yang (all about the bus scene) and one hell of a landmine fiasco sequence and you get a lazy sucka (that would be me), signed, sealed, delivered on this perfumed trash.
THE EXTRAS
Know your enemy: This half assed fighting game didnt do much for me. Either I didnt know how to play it or it was just really boring. You select an Agent, and then select your attacks, but the attacks are not shown onscreen, all you hear is a grunt and a smack. Then you see a score card. How exciting!!! Ill stick to Mortal Kombat 4 for my fighting game fix.

Documentary (~ 13 minutes): This slickly edited featurette has the cast and crew talking about the film, the fight scenes, the characters and the stunts. Its mainly a stretched-out advertisement for the film and I didnt get much substantial info out of it. An okay watch.

We also get the Theatrical Trailer and a Cast and Crew feature.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This baby has the depth of a video game, the look of a comic book and the energy of a coffee addict. No, this isnt a good movie in the classic sense. Theres no script here, just lots of posturing, flames, guns, bullets, Liu looking yummy, Banderas being Banderas (thank you), hand-to-hand fights and lots of KABANG. The DVD is solid from an audio/video standpoint, but the EXTRAS are quite flimsy, but then again...so is the movie. The way I look at it, a cheap chocolate bar can sometimes be more fulfilling then a classy buffet. For me, this was one of those times and I relished the sugar. Having a bad day? Life blows like the drunken ugly girl at the prom? Slap this movie in the slot and get pleasurably lobotomized.
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