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Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever (2002), R
Analysis Date: September 25, 2002
CAP Score: 54
CAP Influence Density: 1.88

MinMax: -100

Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever (YEAR) CAP Mini-thermometers

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BALLISTIC: ECKS vs SEVER (R) -- Murder, murder, murder.

Production: Dante Entertainment, Franchise Pictures, SuperMega
Distribution: Warner Bros.
Director(s): Wych Kaosayananda (Kaos)
Producer(s): Tarak Ben Ammar, Greg Francovich, Oliver Hengst, James A. Holt, Wych Kaosayananda, Chris Lee, Peter M. Lenkov, Dawn Miller, Elie Samaha, Wolfgang Schamburg, Ernst August Schneider, Tracee Stanley, Andrew Stevens, Andrew Sugerman
Written by/Screenplay: Alan B. McElroy
Cinematography/Camera: Julio Macat
Music: Don Davis
Film Editing: Jay Lash Cassidy, Caroline Ross
Casting: Jeff Gerrard
Production Design: Douglas Higgins
Art Direction: Lawrence F. Pevec

What an interesting scoring distribution! An extremely violent show with much murder and abuse of a child yielding a zero score in each of Wanton Violence/Crime and Murder/Suicide -- definitely equivalent to R-rated programming in those two investigation areas. But the movie is equivalent to PG-13 in Impudence/Hate (91% of the Impudence/Hate scoring loss was due to foul language), PG in Drugs/Alcohol and G in Sex/Homosexuality and Offense to God. While there are ten issuances of the three/four letter word vocabulary, there are NO issuances of the most foul of the foul words. There are two uses of God's name in vain but both are without the four letter expletive. There was NO sexual programming noted. None. Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever earned a CAP final score of 54 which places it squarely on the upper cell boundary of the scoring range earned by R-rated movies (54 and below) in the CAP comparative baseline database of movies. That also places it only one point under the PG-13 scoring range (55 to 67).

There is not much to tell about the plot and story line. The previews pretty much tell it all. An ex-FBI agent, Jeremiah Ecks (Antonio Banderas) is in drunken mourning for his wife, Rayne (Talisa Soto) killed in an explosion seven years ago. Ecks' previous boss, Julio Martin (Miguel Sandoval) comes with news that Ecks' wife is not really dead after all, Indeed, she is married to wealthy evil Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) agent, Robert Gant (Gregg Henry) who is trying to smuggle an electronic crab-looking robot small enough to flow with the blood in a human and, when triggered, can kill the host. Now the plot thickens. As Ecks searches for his wife he becomes involved in the efforts to foil the smuggling of the tiny robot. Another DIA agent, Agent Ross (Ray Park) places Ecks on a hit list.

So, Ecks is after Gant while the DIA is after Ecks. Mixed in the fray is ex-DIA Agent Sever (Lucy Lui) who is after Gant also but for killing her son. Ecks and Sever become cohorts in a common cause. While such an arrangement flies in the face of the title, Sever has kidnapped Ecks' wife's son by Gant as insurance.. Rayne's son was presumed to be by Gant ... or was he? Rayne's son is about seven years old. Rayne was presumed to be dead for seven years? I guess there is logic in the "vs" in Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever. Sever does kick the stuffing out of Ecks a couple times. The whole movie does not make much sense.

The movie does make with the explosions and killing, though. Tons of them. Lots of fighting and martial arts violence. Uncountable instances of gunfire and/or explosions to kill. Firearms to heads. Vehicular assault. Massive gun battles. Electrocution deaths. Murder by gunfire. Murder by fall. Murder by explosion. Murder by neck break. Murder by implant. Murder, murder, murder. [Mark 7:21, Rev. 21:8, Prov. 28:17] That programming and the 'I'll (filth) your (foul), you (foul) (filth)' talk were responsible for the vast majority of the point loss. I can just see them now ... copies of that line in the teen online forums but filled in. Makes 'em feel all adult talking like adults talk. {screech} That comment is kinda pointy, isn't it? [Titus 2:6-8] "Don't do as I do, do as I say" never was any good.


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  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery...
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, ... -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
  • Prov. 28:17 A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support him.
  • Titus 2:6-8 Similarly, encourage the young men [and women] to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • martial arts violence, repeatedly
  • vehicular assault
  • massive explosions with fire, repeatedly
  • firearms, repeatedly
  • attempted murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • kidnapping
  • encouragement to commit suicide
  • firearm threats, including against the head
  • massive gun battles, repeatedly
  • gunfire injuries and deaths, repeatedly
  • orders to kill
  • attempted murder by explosion, repeatedly
  • massive traffic collisions
  • reckless driving to pursue
  • imprisonment of a child
  • police corruption
  • many injuries
  • defensive gunfire deaths, repeatedly
  • threat to wife and child to manipulate
  • electrocution deaths
  • use of child to smuggle
  • gunfire to disarm
  • aiding escape of lawful prosecution

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • custody argument
  • 10 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar
  • drinking
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • murder by fall
  • murder by explosion, repeatedly
  • murder by neck break
  • murder by implant

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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