Jesse Eisenberg Is The Stoner Jason Bourne In The ‘American Ultra’ Trailer

07.21.15 3 years ago 53 Comments

From Chronicle writer Max Landis and Project X director Nima Nourizadeh comes American Ultra, starring America’s sweethearts, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. I’m actually excited to see Landis and Nourizadeh unmoored from the found-footage conceit, or at least I would be if this didn’t look like Bourne for tweens. It’s crazy to me that while quicksand subplots and anchovies-on-pizza jokes have all but disappeared, the amnesia hook is going stronger than ever.

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. [Lionsgate]

Oh good, I always like it when there are enough jokes not to take any of the action seriously and enough action that no one has to commit too hard to a joke. Anyway, I hope there’s more to it than this, because “what if we cut The Kingsman for MTV” isn’t working for me.

John Leguizamo, Jesse Eisenberg in American Ultra

Lionsgate

Opens August 21st.

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