American Ultra (2015)

Posted 07/11/2016 by Edward Davies in Action

Starring : Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale
Director : Nima Nourizadeh
Running Time : 96 mins

Phobic loser Mike Howell (Eisenberg) has spent his whole life in a small town with his understanding girlfriend Phoebe Larson (Stewart), writing his comic books and getting stoned, until he discovers that he was once an experimental CIA killing machine who had his memory wiped and a fear of leaving his town put in place by operative Victoria Lasseter (Britton) in an attempt to protect him. Now he has to run for his life as the agency has located him and targeted him for termination.

This was actually a surprisingly fun action comedy – even Kristen Stewart was good in it. The cast, largely comprised of TV actors, manages to pace the changes in the action with expert ease, while allowing us to believe that Eisenberg is still a hopeless loser even when he’s demonstrating his CIA skills. Fans of tongue in cheek humour and well scripted character driven movies will love how this combines with all-out action sequences and crazy explosions.

Verdict : 8/10

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