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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Server



This explosion movie is a complete bomb.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know


Very intense peril and violence, many deaths.

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Some strong language, less than most R's.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking, reference to drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has constant graphic violence and brief strong language. The only real strength of the movie is its portrayal of minorities and women as strong, smart, brave, loyal, and honest.

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What's the story?

In BALLISTIC, ex-secret agent Sever (Lucy Lui) seeks revenge on the people responsible for her son's death. Her quest to destroy Gant and his team grows more urgent when she learns they have a diabolical weapon. Meanwhile, the FBI calls in former agent Ecks (Antonio Banderas) to track down Gant. Ecks can't refuse the mission – if he's successful, he'll be reunited with his wife, who he thought was dead. Sever and Ecks cross paths, at first as adversaries -- but eventually they unite in trying to take down Gant.

Is it any good?


Ballistic is mostly about shooting and hitting, an endless barrage of bullets and bazookas to a point that is way past mindless fun and on the brink of being pornographic. It's more video game than movie, though video games have more interesting characters. Dialogue is sparse and idiotic, a mix of re pretentious fake-clever, pretentious fake-tough, and fake-meaningful.

There are endless shots of Lucy Liu shooting huge guns in slow motion, with her hair artistically flowing, plus even more of the usual magically bullet-proof characters who constantly run into gunfire without getting hit but manage to hit the other side every time they fire. It even has the unfathomably stupid clichh of the adversaries stopping in mid-battle to drop all of their hardware on the ground so that they can have a "fair fight."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether a movie is good just because it has explosions and action scenes. Are some action movies better than this one, and if so, why? Did you connect with either of the main characters, and if not, did you care? Does strong character development draw you more into a story?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 20, 2002
DVD release date:December 24, 2002
Cast:Antonio Banderas, Gregg Henry, Lucy Liu
Director:Wych Kaosayananda
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong violence.

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Adult Written byWhatdoIthink? April 9, 2008
Although quite violent, this movie is very good and acceptable for most kids 13+. Banderas is great at making action movies.
Teen, 16 years old Written byevolinag December 2, 2012

Explosions, action, weak dialogues and more explosions. PG-13 levels of violence!

"Ballistic" is an action thriller by Kaos, starring Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas. What does it take to make an action movie? Explosions, combat fights, chasing scenes, shoot-outs and finally, even bigger explosions. "Ballistic" is a phenomenon. Even though the action sequences are actually well choreographed, there is a limit on how much action is agreeable. At one point of the movie, you will find yourself saying: "Stop! This is too much." 90 per cent of the movie are fighting or chase scenes, with only 10 per cent remaining for plot and dialogues. And even this 10 per cent are incredibly silly and illogical. There are huge plot holes, dull dialogues and stiff performances. The ending is extremely questionable and stupid. You will find yourself asking how exactly Lucy Liu did what she did. At least you can say that the action is pretty well done, but even the best visuals can be overblown if too much. ----------------------------------------------------- Overall, this movie is non-stop shooting, combat fighting and explosions. There is almost no blood, there are no disturbing scenes and the violence does not seem too brutal. Unlike in "The Matrix", where there was one part which glorified violence, the violence in "Ballistic" seems trivial. The amount of violence - rather action - is huge, but still it is not graphic or disturbing. And actually could have passed at PG-13. The language in this movie is not too strong, s**t and b***h are used, but no stronger terms, and nothing R-rated. Should be okay for teens and up.
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