It’s just a pleasure to, you know, you come in in the morning at 7:30 on the set, and there’s Emma Stone: Your heart gets a little boost of adrenaline.
How and why he got to this point in his life is the general plot of the movie. Mike’s a lot like the spoon – harmless unless deployed in the right way – because he used to be a particularly effective “asset” at the Central Intelligence Agency, a term used to describe highly trained super-killers. Viewed as a liability by young Central Intelligence Agency hotshot Adrian Yates, Mike is targeted for elimination. His small town is soon besieged by specialized agents who are trying to kill him, but to no avail; somehow, he is not only able to thwart their plans but take out some of the best of the worst the Central Intelligence Agency has to offer, all through a purple haze of hemp. But not every agent wants Mike out of the picture. Central Intelligence Agency Special Agent Victoria Lasseter (Connie Britton) mutters a few cryptic words to him while attempting to buy some noodles in a cup, and Howell’s life is turned upside down.
Phoebe isn’t impressed when Mike notifies his opponent in a jail fight about a nearby weapon. An all-out manhunt begins and Mike sees cars blow up, while people armed with guns, grenades, knives and anything they can find try to take him down.
It does “stoner-comedy” well at times, finding a way to tickle that amusing bone with the foibles of a lovable character.
The plot of American Ultra is so close to that of The Bourne Identity that I’m nearly convinced the film was intended as a slightly-askew parody.
It does action well at times, with a rather solid final battle sequence. I’m thinking of a sequence where, while leaving the police station, Mike stops to deal with a live grenade.
Pucker up, buttercup: “American Ultra” stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg are off to the makeout farm again.
Kristen Stewart arrives at the premiere of the movie “Panic Room” March 18, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA.
The script seems to have been written in a weed-induced haze. These worlds are so big in my head. More questions than answers remain as to what I viewed for 95 minutes. American Ultra then actually shows the audience, in reverse, numerous bigger moments. Maybe those watching this in an altered state of reality will enjoy the abrupt shifts more than I did. Granted, critics see more than their share of movies, and in this case, my own exposure led to several showings of “American Ultra’s” trailer. Eisenberg says when addressing any of the flack that Stewart has received, “Anyone who works with Kristen or who makes movies or has an understanding of how they’re done thinks she’s one of the greatest actresses right now”.