American Ultra (2015)


Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale

Plot: A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle (

Rating: 3/10

Overall: This was surprisingly more disappointing than I thought it was going to be, though now looking back, it has Kristen Stewart in it which is my reason for a film to be destined to fail…but another shocker is that she wasn’t the worst part of the film. I think the plot started out underdeveloped and missing a lot of gaps that weren’t really addressed until the end of the film. I think a little background would’ve been helpful in understanding this program or whatever that Mike (Eisenberg) was a part of, how his longtime girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart) was involved in the first place and the downspiraling of their relationship as they began discovering the truth behind his “skills”…there were just so many gaps in the film! One of the things I value most in a good film is character development. While I enjoyed the dynamic of Mike and Phoebe’s relationship, I felt there needed to be more development between Yates (Grace) and Lasseter (Britton), and eventually Krueger (Pullman); between Petey (Hale) and Lasseter; between Yates and Mike; between Yates and Phoebe, etc. I gave the film a 3 for effort and for the awesome action sequences.


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