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American Ultra (2015)

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A stoner - who is in fact a government agent - is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle.

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Small-town stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. Written by Mr.Moiz

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cia | assassin | stoner | slacker | escape | See All (343) »

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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21 August 2015 (USA)  »

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Operación Ultra  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,454,284 (USA) (21 August 2015)

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$14,434,604 (USA) (2 October 2015)
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Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart previously co-starred in Adventureland (2009). See more »

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At the very end of the movie Mike is talking to a Chinese man. Mike laughs and replies. The subtitles say "Sorry, I never knew I could speak Chinese". What he is speaking isn't Chinese. It's clearly an attempt to speak Chinese but a failed one. He must have read the words written down in pinyin format and pronounced them using the English alphabet. Pinyin doesn't follow the Chinese alphabet. For example Mike pronounced Zhongwen as Songwen as it would be with the English alphabet. However Zh in Chinese is pronounced like an English alphabet J so the word should be pronounce Jongwen.

Actually Mike was speaking pretty good Chinese, for a foreigner. I'm from Beijing and I teach Mandarin. He pronounced "Zhongwen" as "Zongwen", not "Songwen". Southern Chinese people (those from south of the Yangtze River) do pronounce the consonants "Zh, Ch, Sh" as "Z, C, S". They can't pronounce the two groups distinctively enough. So it's perfectly normal for a foreigner to pronounce them indistinguishably. See more »

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CIA Interrogator: Where do you want to begin?
Mike Howell: [thinking, seeing flashbacks] Dustpan. Spoon. Noodles. Bear. Frying pan. Fire. Apollo Ape. "Marry Me."Where did it all begin?
Mike Howell: Okay, it started three days ago, in the town of Liman, West Virginia. It's where I lived with my girlfriend, Phoebe. She is the only good thing that's ever happened to me. I honestly cannot even remember my life before her. We were the perfect fucked-up couple. She was perfect, and I was the fuck-up. And we were really, really ...
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During the closing credits, there is an "Apollo Ape" cartoon depicting the continuity of the film's final scene. See more »

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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.74 (2014) See more »

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Written by Darren Costin (uncredited), Nick Feldman (uncredited) and Jack Hues (uncredited)
Performed by Wang Chung
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Not Really a Movie
25 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The MK-Ultra program is ripe for an action, drama, or comedy movie. American Ultra tries to all of them at once and fails at them all. Trailer and marketing for the film portray this as a pot/stoner comedy but from the very beginning of the film it is clear not. The film dances around drama and action most of the time, mostly drama. Parts that could have been funny are over shadowed by over the top gore & violence or the overall too seriousness of the situation and dialog. The soundtrack/score would find a home the Bourne series.

There is no secret to what is happening to the main character. There is no build up to anything.

If it didn't have Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart this would have been direct to home theater or buried in deep cable.


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