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American Ultra – Movie Review

American Ultra is the story of former CIA sleeper agent and now stoned convenience store clerk, Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg). After wanting to take his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), on vacation to Hawaii and to propose to her, things go wrong when the CIA Director Adrian Yates (Topher Grace) wants to terminate all sleeper agents. Agent Lasseter (Connie Britton) decides to reactivate the sleeper agent in order to give him a chance to survive.

Release Date: August 21, 2015
Writer: Max Landis
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Cast: Jessie Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo.

American Ultra is a movie you watch because it looks like a cool movie and it stars people you like. As far as the sleeper-cell spy thriller, American Ultra is not a groundbreaking movie at all. But its fun, violent and has a cast you like.

The action is fun and ultra violent. There are copious amounts of blood. No one comes out of the battle clean and the body count is significant. As far as the sleeper agent story line, the Bourne movies tell a better tale, but for American Ultra the story is ultimately about a guy, who is a living weapon, who just want to be with this girl at the end.

As far as acting is concerned, Eisenberg plays the lovable stoner to perfection. You immediately sympathize with the character from the very beginning and root for his survival to the end. Stewart is the always understanding girlfriend and comes across as likable and in love. Fans of Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) will have another reason to see their favorites actors put on a good performance.

The story is simple. The action is violent and we like the actors. The movie’s only real flaw is that there is nothing new or inspired about the film. Go see John Wick or Mad Max for the best action movie so far.