Would You Puff or Pass - American Ultra
What do get when you pair two moderately successful drama actors in an action movie? Awkward and forced scenes with zero chemistry between the entire cast. That 70’s show dweeb Topher Grace didn’t really pull off the villain roll, but john Leguizamo takes care of business as Mike and Phoebe’s drug dealer., “Want to drop some acid and go to the strip club?” “Its 8 AM?”. The premise of the movie is OK, with the young in-love dorky protagonist getting the girl, but the story falls flat and everything becomes predictable.
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American Ultra follows a guy down on his luck through a few days of his non-chaotic life. He is trying to propose to his girlfriend and can’t seem to get it right, he pretty much gets nothing right. He cancelled his proposal trip to Hawaii just before takeoff and had to stop the plane from leaving the airport. He burns his dinner, works at a corner store and smokes a bunch of weed to cope with his worrysome attitude. He is last person you’d expect to become a Jason Borne-esque secret agent.
But one night he is “turned on” and given all sorts of military skills. Running from the bad guys, trying to propose to his girlfriend and trying to cope with these problems would have been too much for old Mike, but new Mike learns to deal with life as the movie progresses.
I would definitely pass on the movie. Although Kristen Stewart is hot and I am a fan of Eisenburg, it just didn’t work out in the flick. It seemed as though the movie was trying to do to much. Is it a young adult drama about proposing, a semi funny action movie or a stoner comedy I need to watch on shrooms?