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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. Written by Mr.Moiz

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operación Ultra  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$14,434,604 (USA) (2 October 2015)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the 2nd movie where Jesse Eisenberg asks if he is is real, first being 'The Double'. See more »


When the CIA kill squad tracks Mile to Rose's house they pump poison gas through the air conditioner. The hose is shown lying next to the air condenser on the outside of the house. However, the condenser does not pull air in the house. In a residential HVAC system is recirculated through the house. The condenser just cools the refrigerant to the coil. See more »


[first lines]
Adrian Yates: 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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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, there is an "Apollo Ape" cartoon depicting the continuity of the film's final scene. See more »


References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »


Let Me Love You Tonight
Performed by Pure Prairie League
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User Reviews

Wild and Crazy...Ultra-Cool Conspiracy Movie
2 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Over the Top...Down the Rabbit Hole...and Traveling through Another Dimension, this Colorful, Shining, and Outrageous Action-Comedy hits its Target Audience square in the Cerebral Cortex causing a Mind Melting Trip that is Ultra-Pleasant but not without Side-Effects.

There is an Underlying Anxiety to all of the Fun and Danger because in some Alternative Universe that is Reality, this Type of Thing is too Close to the Truth to be Enjoyed without being a Cautionary Tale of Conspiracy Theories that often turn out to be True.

MK-Ultra, a Government Sponsored Black Ops Embarrassment uncovered in the 1970's revealed Disturbing Mind Control Experiments performed by the CIA using Unsuspecting Citizens as Guinea Pigs. Unbelievable and too Complex to be included here, suffice to say this Movie is more True than You would Believe.

Therefore, it's not a Laugh a Minute but it does Contain some Black Comedy, but relies more on Ultra-Violence and Super-Style to give the Message Meaning and be Entertaining with a Cartoon Look.

Not Everything Works, but Most of it Does, and the Film feels Awkward, Odd, and while it is Slick, Sleek, and Artsy, the Anxiety felt by Jesse Eisenberg's "MiKe" (get it) transfers to the Audience like some kind of "Contact High".

Overall, it's Pulsating Presentation is part of the Uneasy Charm and will most likely be Enjoyed by its Target Audience, others not in on the "Vibe" will probably Protest its Conceits and won't have a Clue about any of it.

Note...The end Credits Cartoon is a hilarious Hoot.

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