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'''''Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever''''', a 2002 action film directed by Wych "Kaos" Kaosayananda, stars AntonioBanderas and Creator/LucyLiu in the titular roles.

[[ActionGirl Sever]] (Liu), a rogue Defense Intelligence Agency operative, kidnaps the son of the agency's director, Robert Gant (Gregg Henry). In response, the DIA calls in former agent Jeremiah Ecks (Banderas) to find Sever and save the child.
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!! ''Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Sever
* BackwardsFiringGun: The BigBad tricks a lackey into killing himself by giving him a backwards-firing pistol.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Gant]]
* BlatantLies: The movie is titled ''Ecks '''vs.''' Sever'', but they never truly face each other as "enemies". They even end up fighting on the same side by roughly the halfway point of the movie.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The film inverts and subverts this trope thanks to its shooting location of Vancouver -- while the story takes place there, the film features no Vancouver landmarks, which makes the film look as if it takes place somewhere else. (However, as Creator/RogerEbert observes, it is somewhat mysterious why Canada tolerates American agents wreaking havoc on its territory).
%%* CarCushion
* CoolVersusAwesome: The movie makes a valiant attempt to run on this trope.
* DualWielding: Sever does this with a pair of telescopic batons.
%%* ExcusePlot
%%* GambitPileup
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Gant's plan revolved around using a nanobot that can cause heart attacks. However, by the end, he gets shot by a bullet prepared with said nanobots and dies.]]
* JustEatGilligan: Or rather, "Just Taser Sever!" An early action scene relies on the idea that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not allowed to actually shoot Sever in their attempt at apprehending her. (She's the only person who knows where she stashed a kidnap victim, so they need her alive.) As a result they try to shoot around her to pin her down so they can apprehend her. Needless to say, she escapes with ease. If just one person in the DIA had remembered that tasers exist, or tranquilizer darts, or tear gas, or even had simply ''aimed for her legs to incapacitate her'' then the movie would have been over right there.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Ecks eventually finds out that he has a son -- Michael.]]
* MamaBear: Sever wants revenge on Gant because he killed her husband and daughter.
* MandatoryUnretirement: Ecks
* NanoMachine: A microscopic robot injected into a person's blood via a dart -- and can subsequently induce fatal medical conditions -- serves as the film's MacGuffin.
* PlotHole: Plenty of these exist in this film.
%%* RuleOfCool
* StuffBlowingUp: The final act of the film, set at a railyard, would give Creator/MichaelBay a run for his money.
* TelevisionGeography ({{Averted|Trope}})
%%* VersusTitle
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Sever guns down dozens of DIA agents and security guards over the course of the film, and not only does no one seem to ''care'', but in the end, someone says of her, "''she's a killer''" -- which prompts Ecks to reply, "''she's a mother''".
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