With Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman
Written by Max Landis
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh
Written by Max, the son of American Werewolf In London director John Landis, American Ultra very much curves along the trail of movies like Natural Born Killers.
Eisenberg and Stewart are probably the most neurotically tinged actors of their generation, projecting angsty outsider personas - So their casting is perfect in this movie of a couple finding themselves in the middle of a CIA head butting session.
While they seem like a regular small town stoner couple, Mike and Poebe's world becomes a bad trip when agents converge. Mike is in fact part of a secret agency programme (highly skilled and deadly), and it is ordered that he be taken out by all means necessary. When his wiped brain is reactivated, the chill, awkward dude erupts with lethal consequences and abilities he had no idea he possessed.
Violence and action rides tandem with humour, a romance sub narrative driving it.
Besides their fight to survive the barrage, there is a power struggle coming to a head with the agent set on eliminating an oblivious Mike as the last remnant of a discarded programme, and the opposing agent trying to stop this driven, sociopathic power tripper.
Pretty much The Bourne Identity with a bong, but a whole lot of quirkiness and laughs added.
4 / B
- Paul Blom
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