The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart playing leads along with Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, and Tony Hale.
It’s not the first time Stewart has starred opposite Eisenberg – the pair also starred in 2009’sAdventureland. It’s a toss-up which is more far-fetched – that a young woman who looks like Stewart sticks with this loser no matter what or that Mike (unbeknownst to him) is actually a CIA-trained sleeper agent who will suddenly emerge from his slumber as a slacker James Bond.
In upcoming action flick American Ultra, you will believe Jesse Eisenberg can kick ass.
Then more guys keep showing up and Mike and Phoebe have to deal with the situation.
Set to release on August 21 in India, “American Ultra” tells the tale of a stoner who is trained government agent and targeted for extermination.
Nourizadeh helms a few of the action sequences with some panache, particularly a late brawl in a grocery store, but he never manages to pin down a consistent tone, mashing up a variety of cinematic styles without ever nailing any of them.
His girlfriend Phoebe, played by Kristen Stewart, is supportive if a bit frustrated with his enduring meekness. It could all stand a touch more attention and expansion, and the film’s maddeningly undercooked backstory – while not enough to inspire the sequel set-up that ends the feature – is rife with loose ends and lingering questions.
The film’s obvious antecedent, “Pineapple Express“, was thrilling because it committed equally to its Mutt-and-Jeff silliness and its genuinely brutal violence, giving its innocents-in-danger premise a surprising amount of emotional weight. Their relationship feels real.
The action-comedy could be interpreted as “the dream of a stoner”, Stewart added.
The ideas that inspired “American Ultra” are good ones, but they fade away too quickly, ephemeral as, well, you know.