The last ten years have seen the zom-com sub-genre explode. The list of titles stretches out endlessly, including fan favourites Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland all the way to lesser seen fare like 2007’s Fido and last year’s Life After Beth.
It doesn’t seem the trend intends to die either, with the arrival of a new red band trailer for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse now on the rampage.
Check it out below.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse sees a bunch of under-appreciated, geeky scout types having to defend their town from a sudden zombie epidemic. The title pretty much doubles as a plot synopsis by the look of things.
I can get behind the general concept here, but the trailer doesn’t fill me with anticipation. With an R-rating, some nastiness is expected, but this has a slightly unpleasant vibe. There’s a leery, »
- Daniel Kelly
So we’re finally in the last stretch of Summer, the slow march to reach the (hopefully) cooler temps just past Labor Day. And along with those Fall breezes will come the more, somber award-worthy films. But there’s still time for a bit of mayhem to squeeze into those final August days. And mayhem seems to be the main purpose of this new release hitting the multiplex. Its main character is on a mission (not for a microchip or some, such macguffin, but to survive along with his gal) and many assassins are mowed down along with even more property damage (they blow up good). But unlike Ethan Hunt or Mad Max, he’s not aware of his “particular set of skills” at the movie’s beginning. Like Clark Kent, is he meek and “mild-mannered”? Well, more like meek and “mellow”, thanks to some tasty herbs. And he’s »
- Jim Batts
American Ultra aims to mix violence, absurdity, humor, and romance. It achieves this goal...poorly. Somewhat surprising, since stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart had such great chemistry in Adventureland. Unfortunately, a pedantic script from Max Landis (Chronicle) and maudlin direction by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) doesn't recreate that magic. American Ultra had promise. A comedic take on the CIA's infamous Mk Ultra program could have been great. We'll have to wait for a better film, because American Ultra falls woefully short.
Jesse Eisenberg stars as slacker stoner Mike Howell. He and his hippie girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart); live a relatively carefree existence in a small Virginia town. They smoke weed, work menial jobs, and are madly in love. Mike suffers from overwhelming panic attacks every time he tries to leave town. His hope of proposing to Phoebe in Hawaii ends disastrously when he can't even get on the plane. »
Rolled into a joint made with the kief leftover from a dozen different movies, American Ultra is a natural underachiever. An early action scene, in which our protagonist average Joe brutally dispatches of two government goons through unconscious reflex, is a familiar one. So too are many of the events that follow, like when a military liaison explains to his CIA superior (Topher Grace, delightful) why their hit on a former asset has gone pear-shaped. “How is he still alive?” yells Grace’s pissy and psychotic company man. “Well, sir,” replies the Army brass, “he had a spoon.”
Deadpan statements shine like whites beneath the wide, spectral black light of American Ultra’s influences. It’s a paranoid pothead thriller (The Bourne Indica) that’s been hybridized with a sweetly simple relationship comedy. It’s also a violent action vehicle, a dopey stoner romp, and a Looney Tunes vision of surveillance state overreach. »
- Sam Woolf
The Long Spliff Goodnight: Nourizadeh’s Stoner Action Flick Mixes Kooky with Convention
Comprised of a tangle of similar narrative threads spliced together from a variety of genres and time periods, Nima Nourizadeh’s sophomore directorial effort American Ultra is generally more often entertaining than not, though considering the significant reputations of its leads and zany array of the supporting cast, it could have been better served with a bit more outlandishness than the conventional acts it delivers. As it stands, the success of this rural set conspiracy comedy depends mostly on the low-key charm this rather approximately defined scenario allows to transpire, but it ultimately isn’t goofy enough to allow for the cult notoriety something like this promises. As scripted by Max Landis (again returning to the landscape of youthful, self-reliant outsiders as in his 2012 Chronicle), there’s not a whole lot of surprise, but much like its drug of choice, »
- Nicholas Bell
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as a pair of mismatched small-town stoners, hopelessly in love without prospects or aspirations in Nima Nourizadeh's "Project X" followup "American Ultra." Eisenberg's laid-back character, Mike, is also a "stoned cold killer" waiting to be activated by the CIA. And after killing two covert operatives with nothing more than a spoon, Mike and Stewart's Phoebe, become targeted by a unified U.S. military calvary. The film looks to send up the stereotype already held about stoners: they are paranoid. And they are moonstruck dreamers with delusions of grandeur that they're being followed by the FBI, or are involved in a government conspiracy plotting to take them down. Which makes Mike and Phoebe's conceits all the more plausible. Under the surface of this manic juxtaposition of firearms, black helicopters, and sleeper cell agents, could Mike and Phoebe be battling their own hazy, unwelcome high? »
- Ruben Guevara
It’s difficult to articulate without going into near unprofessional superlatives, just how punchable the odious and insufferable “American Ultra” is. It's a deeply unsophisticated movie about a dummy stoner, his dutifully suffering girlfriend, and the government agencies that are trying to kill them. An attempt to cross the supernova young lovers passion of “True Romance,” and the visceral, turn-on-a-dime instinctual violence of the ‘Bourne’ series, while this stoner action comedy channels both Quentin Tarantino and Paul Greengrass, it misses the mark by a mile, delivering a phony version of both styles. While it may sound like an entertaining crossbred of genres, it’s really just a hollow hybrid experiment gone horribly wrong. Written with smug, vulgar zeal by Max Landis (“Chronicle”) and directed with A.D.D.-fueled, amphetamine-driven enthusiasm by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”), tonally, “American Ultra” provides no insight or substance anywhere, happy to just pour »
- Rodrigo Perez
There are moments in “American Ultra” where you can see the smart, outrageous, hyper-violent farce that would attract the likes of not only stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart but also distinguished supporting players, including Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Walton Goggins and John Leguizamo. What these talented folks must not have seen coming, however, is how director Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) and screenwriter Max Landis (“Chronicle”) lose their way, allowing the film’s sensibility to degenerate from outrageous to cartoony, and piling up plot contrivances and corpses in stacks so high that they obscure whatever charms the film once. »
- Alonso Duralde
If you haven't seen it yet, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the kind of film that ruins you for other blockbusters. Handily, it was deployed right at the end of July, right around the time that most of us have had our blocks thoroughly busted. As we've noted around this time in recent years, you might even be feeling a little fatigued with the smashy-bangy of it all.
But the big movies will keep coming through August. Still to come this month, as blockbuster season winds down, are films like Adam Sandler's video game-themed sci-fi comedy Pixels, horror sequel Sinister 2 and reboots galore, in the form of Fantastic Four, Hitman: Agent 47 and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Before you know it, it'll be time to »
In case you missed the second trailer for Lionsgate's American Ultra that debuted earlier this month, the studio has released a third trailer, chocked full of action. Before he takes on the villainous role of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg portrays Mike Howell, a convenience store employee who is in for quite a rude awakening. After he becomes "activated," without even knowing it himself, Mike's incredible skills are put to the test.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen 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 »
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The sequel sees the return of the Barden Bellas who have to compete in the A Cappella World Championships after scandals threaten to disband their legacy. The film, which was released in May, has made over $280 million worldwide including its huge $69 million opening weekend.
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- Scott J. Davis
The fabulous Bellas of Barden University are back to compete in the World Championships of A Cappella after a scandal threatens their legacy in Pitch Perfect 2. The high-spirited sequel to the movie that sparked a worldwide phenomenon is coming to Digital HD on September 1st and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand September 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Pitch Perfect 2 is packed with more original musical arrangements, memorable one-liners and offbeat romance as the original's most beloved characters fight to regain their former glory on a worldwide stage facing off against the toughest competition on the planet. Hysterical behind-the-scenes bonus features, never-before-seen deleted footage, all-new musical performances and a hilarious gag reel make Pitch Perfect 2 a must own on Blu-ray and DVD.
The action-comedy’s trailer, replete with expletives and gun play, reveals that Eisenberg’s stoner character is actually a highly trained secret agent who doesn’t realize he’s a secret agent until he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out.
He’s set into motion by a CIA operative calling him “Cherry Progressive” at a convenience store, followed by his killing two operatives with a spoon. “I have a lot of anxiety about this,” he tells his girlfriend, portrayed by Stewart.
The studio acquired the project last year before shooting started in New Orleans with “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh helming from a script by Max Landis. Topher Grace and Connie Britton also star.
“Ultra” re-teams Stewart and Eisenberg six years after they »
- Dave McNary
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "American Ultra" action comedy, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Check it out below. Plot: A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out. The new movie is directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). It's set to hit theaters on August 21st. Trailer: »
Lionsgate has released the second trailer for their upcoming action-comedy American Ultra, arriving in theaters August 21. The trailer actually expands upon a new movie clip that was released last week, which took place after the seemingly-hapless stoner Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) killed two men. We get to see what actually happens that leads up to this killing, and how Mike gets 'activated' as a sleeper agent.
The trailer sets up the premise that the government has been conducting secret experiments to create "super soldiers," with a number of sleeper agents living among us in plain sight, unaware of their actual abilities. We then see Mike working at a convenience store when a mysterious woman (Connie Britton) says a few key phrases that activate this agent, leading to him killing two men who are "doing stuff" to his car. Kristen Stewart also stars as Mike's girlfriend Phoebe, who gets caught in the middle of all the action. »
For a film that's still a month away, it seems American Ultra has had more than its share of promotion and today a new trailer and the film's poster arrives. The film stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg with Eisenberg playing Mike Howell, a dopey, shaggy-haired store clerk about to pop the question to his girlfriend, Pheobe (Stewart), when the clandestine government operation that has totally Manchurian Candidated him to be a super-soldier comes calling. The major buzzkill turns into actual kills as Mike must defend himself from enemy agents and stay sober enough to rescue Phoebe, too. Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh directs with Walt Goggins, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace and Tony Hale co-starring. The film hits theatres on August 21, check out the trailer and poster below. sb id="1545011" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
The wonderfully high concept American Ultra is showing all the promise of a sleeper Summer hit, with everything we see of the Max Landis (Chronicle) scripted, Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) directed stoner comedy/action thriller hybrid being soooo much fun. Case in point, this new clip, which sees the aftermath of the future Lex Luthor Jesse Eisenberg’s deadly efficiency with a spoon. Released: 21st August (U.S.)/ 28th August (Irl/U.K.)Synopsis: Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), find his life 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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
After debuting two new posters at Comic-Con last week, Lionsgate has unveiled a clip from their upcoming action-comedy American Ultra. The scene features Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), hard at work at her bail bonds office, who gets a call from her boyfriend Mike (Jesse Eisenberg). He's freaking out at his convenience store job after killing two people with a spoon. While begging Phoebe to come over, Mike explains how he killed these assailants, and it's pretty gruesome. Then, even more trouble arrives. It's the police!
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen 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 »
Watching this latest clip from the upcoming action comedy American Ultra – in which actor Jesse Eisenberg depicts some extreme anxiety – it’s impossible not to wonder whether he had this exact reaction when he realized he had recently compared the San Diego Comic-Con with genocide. He has, evidently, been on a steep learning curve in terms of dealing with movie promotion, so hopefully his efforts on behalf of this new movie will feature fewer references to horrific international war crimes, and more emphasis on the actual project at hand – not least because this one might need some talking up.
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), and written by Max Landis (Chronicle), the film centres on Mike Howell (Eisenberg), who is a renowned stoner, wanting to marry his stoner girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). He has no recollection of the fact that he is, in fact, a highly skilled government agent who »
- Sarah Myles
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