American Ultra


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Pineapple Express without the laughs and The Bourne Ultimatum without the thrills, American Ultra is an action comedy that riffs on the familiar story of a guy who can’t remember that he’s actually a government-trained killing machine. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mike, a deadbeat rural Virginia convenience store attendant with stringy hair. The one good thing in his otherwise meaningless existence is his endlessly patient girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), whose unconditional love for Mike is as inexplicable to him as it is to us.

If not for a needless prologue promising us that some people will eventually explode, the film’s first few minutes could be mistaken for a generic Sundance drama. No such luck: By the time Mike is ‘activated’, killing two beefy dudes with a spoon and becoming the target of a CIA manhunt led by Topher Grace’s trite government stooge, the film has already exhausted its slight charms. You’d better enjoy the idea of a scrawny underachiever learning that he’s a physiologically enhanced super soldier, because it’s the only one the movie has.

By David Ehrlich
Time Out Doha,

American Ultra

  • Duration: 96
  • Released: Thu, 10 Sep
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Nima Nourizadeh
  • Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton

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