Friday, August 21, 2015
American Ultra Review: High On Surprise and Delight
The story of American Ultra follows the stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg). Living in a small town with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), things are quite content for the couple. However everything changes when CIA Agent Victoria Lasseter (Connie Britton) comes to warn Mike that Adrian Yates (Topher Grace) is sending operatives to kill the young man. Mike soon discovers that he is more than able to handle the opposing forces. It turns out that Mike is a sleeper agent trained to deal with any situation. As things drastically get crazier, Mike and Phoebe must survive the night before the CIA catches up with them and terminates the couple.
It may not have been a game changer but American Ultra was definitely a surprise. The film's subtle take in the likes of storytelling and character development made for a dynamic and entertaining time at the movies. Though I may not be a fan of the likes of stoner comedies, I can take off my hat to a movie that does deserve credit; and I am very pleased to give that respect to American Ultra.