American Ultra

Release Date:August 19, 2015
Review Date:August 19, 2015
Reviewer:Blake Leath
Genre(s):Action & Adventure


A miserable film.


It created a woeful anxiety in me.

Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and, for that matter, Topher Grace each have about one speed: "themselves."

Eisenberg is always the awkward outcast, angling to be the smartest person in the room.  Stewart the sullen misfit, behaving misunderstood.  Topher the snarky wiseacre, deriding those around him.

After a while, I just wanted to wander out, but being the trooper that I am, I remained to the bitter end.

And so did my feelings about it: as bloody and violent as Natural Born Killers, and way bloodier than 1967's Bonnie and Clyde, but derivative and lacking anyone to root for or to see redeemed.

It ended in a pulpy mess on the floor, which sounds about right.