September 25, 2022

In line with 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stars Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu as espionage brokers on reverse ends of an action-packed conspiracy, turns 20 years outdated at the moment, and it bears one of the vital unlucky distinctions in the complete leisure business: It has 118 opinions on Rotten Tomatoes, and each single one among them says it’s unhealthy.

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever is just not the one film with a 0% on the web’s best-known assessment 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 opinions have been logged for Ballistic. The chances that out of 118 critics, not a single one among 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” films: Generally, time might be sort. Requirements shift, tastes evolve, kinds weave out and in of trend, and flicks that have been as soon as widespread can lose their viewers, and movies that have 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 could possibly occur with Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.

That’s the reason this critic determined to take a seat down with this movie, for the very first time, and provides it a good shake. Let’s put aside all of the damaging opinions from revered critics like Roger Ebert (who referred to as it “an ungainly mess, submerged in mayhem, sometimes surfacing for cliches”) and Manohla Dargis (who was comparatively sort, 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 are able to add a constructive assessment 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 nearly nothing to advocate it.

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