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American Ultra

Rated R 96 min. 2015

Jesse Eisenberg is Mike Howell, an unmotivated pothead living in frustrated obscurity. His girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), wants him to move away, but instead, he spends his time doodling violent comics about a NASA test monkey. His drawings are repressed expressions of his true identity as a lethal sleeper agent. Mike’s former controller arrives to reactivate his dormant deadly demeanor. Eisenberg’s nerdy, neurotic nebbish is more Mark Zuckerberg than Jason Bourne, and we never buy his transformation into a stone-cold stoner. Stewart acquits herself so well you wish you’d seen a story about Phoebe as the fallow female assassin. The film aims for outrageous stylized action and broad, bloody humor, but it feels awkwardly assembled.

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Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Writer: Max Landis

Producer: Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert and Britton Rizzio

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Walton Goggins, Topher Grace, Jesse Eisenberg and Connie Britton


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