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Sunday, August 23, 2015

American Ultra (2015)

A 20 something stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) is what is commonly referred to as a "loser". He has a dead end job at a convenience store and spends his nights smoking weed. He doesn't appear to have any ambition and seems content to just survive. But his loving girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) adores him anyway. But when we are suddenly taken to CIA headquarters and an agent (Connie Britton, TV's NASHVILLE) picks up the phone we're suddenly aware nothing is what it seems to be. Nima Nourizadeh's live action cartoon comedy is one of the more inventive films I've seen this year. An orgy of violence laced with wit, it feeds into our (justified) paranoia of the government. The film may be a cartoon but the violence isn't so beware. Eisenberg and Stewart are two of my least favorite actors but I don't think I've ever enjoyed Eisenberg more, not even in THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Eisenberg and Stewart's characters provide the movie's soul, otherwise it would be just another mindless violent thriller. If it's a film you might be interested in seeing, avoid reviews because many contain spoilers that compromise the film's surprise factor. With John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, Walton Goggins and Tony Hale.

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