Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever

September 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

A useless waste of money, time and explosives masquerading as an action movie. The only thing that should have been blown up was the idiots who conceived, greelit and executed such garbage.

The Sight & Sound

Ironically, it’s the constant explosions that bring the disc its only redeeming feature. Enjoy them over and over again in a home theatre and don’t bother with the extras or movie.

The Extras

A single short documentary serves one useful purpose; principal cast members describe what their characters are doing in the movie. If you watch it first, it makes a shockingly written and confusing movie make a little more sense.

Director Kaos, looking like an Internet and anime geek, might want to cultivate the same finesse of mystique as the Wachowski brothers, but he should pick material that won’t get him marked for blacklisting by discerning audiences.

The producers and writer wax lyrical about what original ideas and strong characterisations were employed to bring Ballistic to fruition and you’ll wonder if the documentary crew wandered onto the wrong set by mistake.

Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu should look embarrassed but seem to be enjoying themselves in their ignorance of the celluloid compost heap they’re appearing in.

The Worth

An atrocious movie with no qualities except lots of (albeit pointless) explosions could have been made better with more background, but it probably would have made it a lot worse. Half a point for sparing us, another for the pyrotechnics.


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