Thursday, April 7, 2016

American Ultra * (2015)

American Ultra aspires to be a hip homage to vintage 90s True Romance era Tarantino and obscure espionage movies from the 70s like Telefon.  Leads Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart do what they can with a limited script. The action sequences are a make no sense and the jokes fall flat.  Mike (Eisenberg) is a slacker/stoner convenience store clerk from West Virginia who discovers he's a sleeper cell CIA assassin, while trying to hold on to his too good to be true girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart). The cartoonish violence quickly gets repetitive.  American Ultra tries desperately to be a cult film, but comes across as ordinary.

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