American Ultra

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If you enjoy romantic-comedy spy films with the rare non-traditional killer – where the hero can kill with a spoon, a dustpan or even a cup of noodles – then American Ultra is the movie to see. Stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) is a convenience store clerk who lives in New Jersey with his bail bond worker girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). Mike and Phoebe love each other almost as much as they love smoking pot but their lives completely change one day while Mike is at work. A woman that Mike doesn’t even know named Victoria (Connie Britton) comes in to the convenience store and recites a phrase to him to activate his subconscious. Mike doesn’t know it, but he is a sleeper agent trained by the CIA in a program called Ultra. Before Mike can say, “Pass me another joint,” assassins break into the store to kill him. To mike’s complete surprise he kicks some major butt! It seems Victoria is a CIA agent who is trying to save Mike from an overzealous CIA official named Adrian Yates (Topher Grace) who wants Mike terminated. You’ve probably already figured out that Mike and Phoebe have to go on the run from CIA bounty hunters. Mike is so well trained, he’s like MacGyver and they can’t seem to kill him. (Did I mention Mike killed someone by deflecting a bullet off a cast iron skillet? Right.) I know this film sounds ridiculous but with so many reboots and remakes out there, this movie is a breath of fresh air. It’s actually action packed, funny, has some twists, and even a small amount of heartwarming drama. It also has the F word a lot and did I mention that whenever they aren’t working they are getting high? (On second thought, they smoke pot at work, too.) Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are the perfect couple to do this film. We knew Eisenberg could do dramatic roles and surprisingly, he was great as an action star. If you don’t like Stewart – you know who you are – you’ll enjoy watching her get punched in the face but her acting has dramatically improved from her Twilight days. There really isn’t much high quality material so it was a smart move for the director to limit the film to an hour and a half. As expected there are plenty of flaws but it does have great characters and it is a lot of fun. (The big surprise is my wife actually liked it.) I’m giving this popcorn flick a B rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.