For instance, take his role as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. He’s the closest thing to a protagonist in the film, yet he’s smug, arrogant, and plenty would describe as a likeable bad guy. And, it’s not just the portrayal of Zuckerberg, either. You can’t help but find him to be overly vexing in plenty of his others films, which include The Double, The End of the Tour, and Now You See Me.
In American Ultra, directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mike Howell, a pot smoking convenient store clerk that’s afraid his life is going nowhere. Every time he tries to leave town with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), whom he desperately wants to ask to marry him, he finds himself struggling to ward off anxiety attacks.
In the meantime, CIA agent Victoria Lasseter (Connie Britton), discovers her new, poor excuses for a boss, Adrian Yates (Topher Grace), has taken over a secret program that experiments on former prison inmates, effectively (though, with side effects) turning them into highly trained killing machines. But, Yates decides to eliminate the members of the program – one of which includes an unbeknownst Mike Howell.
Against orders, Lasseter activates Mike – forcing Yates to initiate the program, with the intent to fully subdue him. The problem is Mike is fully trained to defend himself, and ...
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...a film that rightfully makes consumers hesitant to waste hard earned money at the box office – for fear of having to endure such a wildfire of ridiculousness. At no point is American Ultra clever or witty. It attempts to be cute, but only patronizes, although that was going to come with the territory right from the start as soon as Jessie Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart landed starring roles. Granted, they’re both talented in their own right, though rarely on a scale worth measuring (a statement that will remain true, even despite Eisenberg’s upcoming role as Lex Luthor). In the end, American Ultra is a poor, embarrassing attempt at a spy flick – and due to its stoner tendencies, it will completely disinterest potential moviegoers (unless you’re a stone). American Ultra is such a wretch concoction that it joins the conversation as possibly the worst movie of 2015.
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