Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
, a 2002 action film directed by Wych "Kaos" Kaosayananda, stars Antonio Banderas
and Lucy Liu
in the titular roles.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.
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Sever
- Backwards-Firing Gun: The Big Bad tricks a lackey into killing himself by giving him a backwards-firing pistol.
- Big Bad: Gant
- Blatant Lies: 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.
- California Doubling: 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 Roger Ebert observes, it is somewhat mysterious why Canada tolerates American agents wreaking havoc on its territory).
- Car Cushion
- Cool Versus Awesome: The movie makes a valiant attempt to run on this trope.
- Dual Wielding: Sever does this with a pair of telescopic batons.
- Excuse Plot
- Gambit Pileup
- Hoist by His Own Petard: 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.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Ecks eventually finds out that he has a son — Michael.
- Mama Bear: Sever wants revenge on Gant because he killed her husband and daughter.
- Mandatory Unretirement: Ecks
- Nano Machine: 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.
- No Problem With Licensed Games: In a rare case of the video game adaptation receiving vastly better reviews than the movie it was based on, Ecks vs. Sever for Game Boy Advance was praised by many for being a very good first-person shooter for the handheld. Oddly enough, the game was developed and released before the film even began production.
- Plot Hole: Plenty of these exist in this film.
- Rule of Cool
- Stuff Blowing Up: The final act of the film, set at a railyard, would give Michael Bay a run for his money.
- Television Geography (Averted)
- Versus Title
- What Measure Is a Mook?: 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".