Saturday, August 22, 2015

MOVIE - American Ultra

R (1:39)
Limited release 8/21/15
Viewed date at the Roadhouse
RT Critic:  44  Audience:  47 
Cag:  2.5 /It was okay - actually, disappointing
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh
Lionsgate Pictures

Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Walter Googins

My comments:  Love Jesse Eisenberg and he didn't disappoint.  He was the perfect stoner.  Although not a Kristen Stewart fan, she fit the part quite well.  Yes, the movie was pretty stupid and incredibly violent, but if viewed with an eye-rolling indifference to the CIA and its ridiculous antics, it was quite watchable.  It was also fun to see Walter Googins (I loved him in Justify) Topher Grace, and Bill Paxton portraying over-the-top, ridiculous characters.  Certainly not a great movie, but because of the filter I used to watch it - enjoyable in its own way.

RT Summary:  American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.

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