Reviewed by: Matthew O. Love
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Ray Park, Terry Chen, Aidan Drummond | Directed by: Wych “Kaos” Kaosayananda | Produced by: Chris Lee, Elie Samaha, Andrew Stevens | Written by: Alan McElroy, Peter M. Lenkov, Alan B. McElroy | Distributor: Warner Brothers
“Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever” defines for me what an adult action movie should be. Most adult action movies that garner an R-rating tend to have frequent nudity, implied sex (if not actual sex), and vulgarity in nearly every scene. But happily this feature took the road less traveled.
The movie starts out with a mother having her child abducted by Agent Sever (Lucy Liu), who manages to blow up a few cars, shoot many other agents, and kick and punch the rest in her effort. Usher in Agent Ecks (Antonio Banderas) who, while wallowing in his drink at a empty bar is asked to find the child. Ecks refuses, but is blackmailed into helping with news that his long deceased wife (victim of a car bomb) is actually still alive. In order to find his wife he needs to find the child. Thus begins the chase, the hunt, and the rest of the movie.
Through a few twists and turns we discover who the real villains of the movie are, what really happened to Agent Ecks’s wife, and why Agent Sever has abducted this child. The movie features wonderful action scenes full of well shot explosions, many guns, and while we see many people get shot and “blown up,” there is very little gore. The main characters are deep enough to care for without going into needless detail outside the parameters of the story.
From a biblical standpoint, I am happy with this movie. All summer I was awaiting an adult action movie I felt comfortable taking my 14 year old son to see. However, all the adult action movies out this summer contained at least one gratuitous sex scene that could have been easily left out. “Ballistic” delivered. Ecks throughout the entire movie is searching for his wife, who he has remained faithful to. While the movie does feature much violence, in the form of guns and grenades, it is all within the confines of the bad guy vs. good guy outline, with little or no innocent people being shot indiscriminately.
Bottom line warning: Don’t take younger teens to this movie if they don’t understand that in real life guns kill people, and leave a trail of sorrow behind. Also remember to talk to your teen about smoking, as the main character smokes frequently.