AN ugly, absurdly fun love story, American Ultra follows Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) a seemingly unremarkable stoner who is madly in love with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) and living a simple life in small town America.
Completely unaware that he is in fact a highly trained government sleeper agent, Mike is "activated" when a CIA operation intent on taking him out descends on the town.
Eisenberg and Stewart keep this out of control spy movie just grounded enough with their sweet portrayal of two stoned lovers thrust into an explosive and comically graphic world of violence.
It's a dirty movie, both stylistically and thematically.
The cartoonish, somehow whimsical violence never skimps on the gore.
The action scenes play out as if they were conceived by a child fuelled by sugar and action movies.
This sense of imagination is American Ultra's greatest strength.
It can somehow be goofy fun, painfully bloodthirsty and sweetly personal all in the same movie.
And while this balance is obviously hard to maintain, American Ultra provides enough excitement and fun to overlook most of its flaws.
In a genre seriously lacking originality, American Ultra is a refreshing and unapologetic action movie that never compromises in its desire to be as explosive, funny and over-the-top as possible.
- Release date: September 3, 2015
- Genre: Action
- Running time: 99 mins
- Director: Nima Nourizadeh
- Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace
- Showing at:
- Limelight, Riverlink
- Birch Carroll and Coyle, Ipswich
- Reading Cinemas, Redbank
- Star rating: 3.5/5
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