American Ultra (2015): Revenge of the stoners

What is it about?

Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) is a pothead who’s only goal in life is to smoke pot and contemplate about the meaning of life while staring at the night sky. He has no ambition or any purpose in life. And yet somehow, he still manages to have a girlfriend (Kristen Stewart).

As if that isn’t implausible enough, it seems that he is also a government agent with a set of deadly skills. He just doesn’t know it because he requires “activation” to actually be able to use his skills.

When the governments decides he should be eliminated, his skills get activated and what follows is a string of explosions, dead bodies, and slightly below average jokes.

Who should watch it?

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

    No. Way too many violent scenes.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?

    I would consider it a “date movie”, just not a very good one.

  • For what audience is it intended?

    Mostly for younger adults who dig Jesse Eisenberg and aren’t too picky about what to watch.

What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?

    This movie desperately tries to make you fall of the couch, but it fails at doing so.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?

    No. Unless you’re a pot head too.

  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

    Yes. Jesse Eisenberg doesn’t really work as an action movie star. His hair screams “awkward nerd” and his body physique makes me think like someone who would lose an arm wrestling match to a 9-year old girl.

  • Is it based on something?

    No.

  • Is this movie a must-see?

    A huge “NO”.

Similar movies like “American Ultra”?

“Pineapple Express” and “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” are way better.

Judgment time!

It seems nobody liked “American Ultra”. Critics mangled it, and judging from the box office, the general public didn’t like it either. It’s easy to see why. This was supposed to be an action/comedy movie with lots of humor and some cool action scenes.

But, the jokes were horrendous. I think my sense of humor covers a broad spectre of jokes; I find a lot of things hilarious. And yet, this movie managed to stay out of that spectre.

The action scenes were so generic, it’s not even funny. I’ve seen better scenes in Steven Segal’s movies who had significantly smaller budgets.

The story is so ridiculous, it actually serves as something to laugh it, which is a good thing, since nothing else was funny. I realize that one shouldn’t expect a great story in this type of movies, but when there’s nothing else that works, you want at least something to cling on to.

Kristen Stewart was NOT the worst thing about this movie, which speaks volumes. I give it 4/10.

 

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