So to the point. I used to love this movie. Maybe it had something to do with how on Rotten Tomatoes, it was the worst reviewed film of the last decade. I'm not joking, over one hundred negative reviews and not one positive. So is it as godawful as it's reputation?
Actually, no, not really, not at all.
From the creators of Battlefield Earth (who went bankrupt several years back), a young boy named Michael has been smuggled from Berlin to Vancouver and is reunited with his mother briefly only to be sprung and kidnapped by a Chinese ex-agent. His father is so upset that he tricks the man that was supposed to be in charge to take a gun to his forehead and commit suicide. It's all the sort of movie that's good to watch at three in the morning. Called into action to capture this Agent Sever is former FBI agent Jeremiah Ecks, who quit the force seven years back after his wife died in an accidental car explosion, a strange connection with a few other characters present. Their problem is that they can't kill her, she's the only one who knows where Michael is, and this allows Sever, played by the always adorable Lucy Liu, to turn the entire city into a war zone at her fingertips. As she and Ecks close in on each other though, a fierce root is growing somewhere.
Now, this movie is about as close as you can get to a Rated R video game, countless people shot and countless explosions that are so incredible, it'd be surprising if they weren't real and the slow motion is handled nicer than usual, especially during a loud explosion and during a close up of Sever where you can see how she's not enjoying her destruction. The major thing about this movie is when you are in control, shooting people is fine but it doesn't work as well when it's live-action. I felt it could've been easier to root for Sever if the movie emphasized a little more on this back story that gives hints of it throughout the movie, of an explosion in Berlin and a coincidental being there at the time, as well as an execution. I guess the movie decided to let the viewer try to dive into the movie themselves and figure it all out. As you may have guessed, this movie is very exciting, it's just when it is exciting, it can be a little disorganized. For example, the movie has many action scenes in mind that it seemed to want to do, but in order to get them done correctly, the characters had to have different guns, so they just drop them and make it harder on themselves, and it also doesn't make much sense when a character isn't shot at the worst of times even once, but that's sort of the point. The big boss battle at the end was very good, half explosions half head-on.
In short, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever has an interesting plot and is never boring, but the outcome of the action scenes are a complete mess. Fans of the endless Call of Duty games should love this. Just don't take it seriously when Sever runs up a staircase in full view of some AK-47s, and she just isn't hit.