American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. (synopsis via Coming Soon)
So here’s the thing.
Yours is a simple life – a menial, undemanding job, a girlfriend you love spending time with, and all the weed you can smoke, anytime you want to smoke it.
And then one day, out of nowhere, a lady wanders into the convenience store where you work, utters a few phrases that unleash the highly-trained lethal sleeper agent within and … Boom! Bash! Pow! … suddenly you’re offing people in the carpark, rather bloodily I might add and on the run from a phalanx of your hitherto unknown about colleagues all bent on killing you in the quickest way possible.
Bummer dude, right?
Bummer indeed, but it’s exactly what befalls small town stoner Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) who suddenly find themselves having to interrupt their pot-smoking sessions and small “a” life ambitions in favour of actually staying live.
It looks funny, over the top silly, cartoonishly violent and an absolutely unmissable comedy thanks to the presence of Eisenberg and Stewart, two actors who have shown themselves to be able to lift all manner of movies just by appearing in them.
Oh, and should you find yourself working in a 7/11 at any point, beware of customers mumbling gibberish, they could be agents looking to … nah, they’re probably just mumbling gibberish.
As you were.
American Ultra opens in USA on 21 August 2015 and in Australia on 3 September.
And here also for your more out there viewing pleasure is the Red Band trailer …