Posted by Hannah Buchdahl aka Mainstream Chick on August 25, 2015
“American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike [Jesse Eisenberg], a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe [Kristen 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.”
When I read the synopsis, I expected to see something along the lines of the fairly entertaining action-comedy-crime-stoner movie Pineapple Express. Ha! Joke was on me.
This movie is not funny. It’s weird. And violent. And muddled. And (despite perfectly decent performances) it fails to find a voice. Was it supposed to be a comedy? A drama? A romance? A crime thriller? A spy movie?
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