American Ultra is the story of a stoner couple. As it turns out the guy was secretly programmed to be a super spy and when government tries to get rid of him, much to his own surprise his powers awake.
It’s not abysmal, but it’s not great either.
First of all, the portrayal of the stoner couple. I don’t know if it’s the fault of the director or the writer of the actor, but whoever messed this up, only knows stoners from reading about them and has never ever met one in real life.
Our two protagonists rather make the impression, that they are pumped up to the brim, with a mixture of Valium and Antidepressants. Jesse in particular. The chick has a little bit of a stoner touch, but also not really.
Furthermore the costume department and makeup don’t seem to have given their best either. Jesse’s character doesn’t even look like a stoner. He looks like a frat boy from Michigan, that wears a stoner costume on Halloween.
I like Jesse as an actor a lot, he is incredibly talented and that’s why I am pretty sure, that he is not to blame for any of this.
Kristen Stewart’s character works better. She’s not perfect, but a thousand time more realistic. Especially I appreciate the touch of the long out-grown hair dye, that detail is spot on.
Just imagine how funny a stoner, that is secretly a super agent, without him even knowing, COULD have been. EXACTLY! Bottom line: watchable, but not exceptional.