->''"It is, it is, it is unusually bad."''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert'''; this is one of the films on his [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated list.]]

''Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever'', a 2002 action film directed by Wych "Kaos" Kaosayananda, stars Creator/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.

It is probably best remembered for appearing on many "Worst Films Ever" lists. Currently, it is ''the'' worst reviewed movie ever on Website/RottenTomatoes, boasting a goose egg with a total of ''116 reviews''.[[note]]There are a lot of films with a zero, but most of them are just forgettable [[BMovie B-movies]] that were only reviewed by the 5-critic minimum instead of legendary suck. '''116''' reviews and not one reviewer who can say anything good about your film is truly amazing off-the-charts failitude; no other film in site history comes close![[/note]] The game also had two adaptations for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance. Both {{First Person Shooter}}s, the first one, simply titled ''Ecks vs. Sever'', was based on an earlier draft of the script. The sequel, carrying the film's full title, follows the story of the film more closely.

!! ''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 though the two have a very brief scuffle after a chase scene early on, 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.
* CarCushion: A DIA sniper meets this fate after Sever knocks him off his perch with a grenade launcher. Landing on the car causes its wheels to fly off and knock down some other DIA agents, for some reason.
* CoolVersusAwesome: The movie makes a valiant attempt to run on this trope.
* DualWielding: Sever does this with a pair of telescopic batons.
%%* ExcusePlot
* FakingTheDead: Gant set up an elaborate hoax to make Ecks and his wife each believe that the other died in an explosion. Sever accidentally figures out what Gant did and passes the information to Ecks. This results in Ecks and Sever eventually teaming up to take down Gant.
* GambitPileup: And '''''how'''''. There are a grand total of five subplots, each equally confusing and misleading as everyone in this story has their hand in everything else.
* 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.
* NeverTrustATitle: Despite the name "Ecks vs. Sever" implying the two main characters are enemies, they are pretty much on the same side for the vast majority of the film.
* PlotHole: Plenty of these exist in this film.
%%* RuleOfCool
* StuffBlowingUp: The final act of the film, set at a rail yard, would give Creator/MichaelBay a run for his money.
* TelevisionGeography ({{Averted|Trope}})
* VersusTitle: Ecks '''vs.''' Sever. Except Ecks and Sever only fight each other once. Once!
* 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''".