American Ultra is the closest we’ll get to seeing Jason Bourne as a stoner.
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, starring in their first movie since Adventureland, play two stoners living in a small West Virginia town. One night, Mike Howell is working at a convenience store until he sees two hitmen breaking into his car. He beats them up with a spoon and a bowl of ramen noodles. While he’s telling his girlfriend Phoebe on what happened, he doesn’t know that he is spy. Case in point, CIA agents Lasseter (Connie Britton) and Yates (Topher Grace) use him as an extermination target. His incredible abilities are activated and he is one step closer to propose to the girl of his dreams.
The end of August to the beginning of September is usually where it starts to quiet down, in terms of the box office. Even though it might flopped this past weekend, American Ultra somewhat delivers. It’s violent (maybe a little too violent), funny, and fun. However, when it tries to be funny, it really tries (sorry, Topher Grace). Jesse Eisenberg pulls off the off-beat, socially awkward guy well. Kristen Stewart gives a slightly wooden but surprisingly human supporting role as his girlfriend (throws Twilight out of the water). It might not be a classic, but I slightly enjoyed it.