So I have to admit something. I had very low expectations for this film. I really believed it would turn out awful. As much as I like comedies, I’m getting really sick of all of them that have their heroes basically stoned out of their mind throughout the whole film. Mainly I have just seen James Franco and Seth Rogan do too many films together. Don’t get me wrong, they’re funny. I laugh, but I don’t know anything about getting high or being completely stoned. I see that look you’re really disappointed in me. I know, how can one guy watch so many movies and not get completely high? I don’t know, maybe it’s because no one has ever really offered me drugs. Is that a thing that just happens? You’re minding your own business and someone is just like “Hey, want some drugs?”. Maybe it’s a secret handshake or “look” you have to give someone to indicate you want your mind altered. Anyway, I’m pretty boring. I occasionally drink and send inappropriate texts to everyone on my phone, so there’s that.
Where was I? Oh, I was pretty sure that “American Ultra” was going to be a crappy film. Imagine my surprise when I genuinely had fun watching this film, despite its obvious flaws. Even though the poster showcases and heavily implies, weed was not a huge co-star in this film. It had more of a supporting role. The film itself is a straight up hero tale that doesn’t deviate much either way, but there are just some excellent set pieces along with some perfectly timed awkward Jesse Eisenberg. After watching him in “The Social Network” and “Zombieland”, I have never had a moment to doubt Eisenberg’s work. He doesn’t do anything here to dissuade me either. The character he plays seems to fit him so well and seem fresh even though we’ve seen the variation several times. He did absolutely nothing to ruin the film. Now, I don’t know why Crappy Venom was the bad guy, but I’ll let it slide because he didn’t harm the film. His character was just there because they needed an antagonist. What I can gush about was the fight choreography. Those who love films like “Wanted”, “Kingsman”, or “Netflix’s Daredevil” will really get a treat here. And even more impressive, the writer let Jesse Eisenberg stay in character the whole time. Of course his fighting skills are supernatural and ridiculous, but he maintains his personality all the way through and that was different. “American Ultra” was mostly harmless. It comes at the end of a huge Action Blockbuster summer and delivers laughs as well as some really different action sequences. Seriously, when is the last time you saw someone get beaten with frozen hamburgers or an eye liner pencil be used to incapacitate someone? There was something off about the film, but I just can’t put my finger on it.
Didn’t read my fancy words, here is the short version:
You’re more than likely going to enjoy “American Ultra”. It’s mostly harmless and doesn’t offer up too many surprises. Pick it up on Blu-Ray and enjoy it with some buds (you pick which kind).