September 25, 2022

Based on Rotten Tomatoes, there has by no means been a film fairly like Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. The 2002 movie, which stars Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu as espionage brokers on reverse ends of an action-packed conspiracy, turns 20 years outdated immediately, and it bears one of the vital unlucky distinctions in all the leisure trade: It has 118 critiques on Rotten Tomatoes, and each single certainly one of them says it’s unhealthy.

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever will not be the one film with a 0% on the web’s best-known overview aggregator, however not all of the zero-percenters are equal on that web site. Even infamous duds like Jaws: The Revenge and Highlander II: The Quickening solely have a fraction of the critiques have been logged for Ballistic. The percentages that out of 118 critics, not a single certainly one of them ever gave this movie a begrudging “no matter” are fairly astronomical. (Even the notorious Troll 2 has one critic who gave it a passing grade, sarcastically.)

However right here’s the factor about so-called “unhealthy” motion pictures: Generally, time might be variety. Requirements shift, tastes evolve, types weave out and in of trend, and films that had been as soon as widespread can lose their viewers, and movies that had been lambasted can discover an appreciative fanbase. It occurred with Blade Runner. It occurred with Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

And perhaps, simply perhaps, it may occur with Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.

That’s the reason this critic determined to sit down down with this movie, for the very first time, and provides it a good shake. Let’s put aside all of the unfavourable critiques from revered critics like Roger Ebert (who referred to as it “an ungainly mess, submerged in mayhem, often surfacing for cliches”) and Manohla Dargis (who was comparatively variety, however nonetheless described it as “a generic blur of metallic blue and fireball orange set to the contrapuntal sounds of throbbing techno and eardrum-puncturing noise”).

Let’s see if perhaps — for the primary time — we will add a optimistic overview of this infamous turkey to the Tomato Meter.

I’ll be again in 91 minutes!

I remorse my resolution. This was not the worst film I’ve ever seen — it’s neither fully incompetent nor offensive to the senses and/or sensibilities — however it’s that uncommon film with virtually nothing to advocate it.

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