Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart team up again, but this generational-context effort isn’t quite Adventureland. In American Ultra, worlds collide when underachieving stoner, Mike (Eisenberg) miraculously kills a couple of people who were apparently trying to kill him. Phoebe (Stewart), has a hard time believing any of it, but Mike’s car exploding isn’t even close to the craziest thing to happen, so she comes around before long.
It turns out that Mike is some manner of super spy, and, one must assume, as part of his assignment/cover he doesn’t even know his own identity. He’s going to have to figure things out soon though, because the guy pulling the strings, Adrian (Topher Grace), wants him eliminated as a dangerous asset.
You don’t get a lot of comedy-action, but this is probably the crew to pull it off, and if the trailer can be believed, this could be the best comedy of the year. Let’s hope it doesn’t follow too closely to Nima Nourizadeh‘s first directing effort, Project X.
American Ultra Redband Trailer
In Theaters August 21
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh
Written by: Max Landis
Produced by: Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert, Britton Rizzio