American Ultra [movie]
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.
American Ultra is a 2015 action comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Max Landis. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, and Tony Hale.
Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) is a stoner who lives in Liman, West Virginia, where he works as a convenience store clerk, and is planning to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Phoebe Larson (Kristen Stewart). Meanwhile, in Langley, Virginia, CIA agent Victoria Lasseter (Connie Britton) learns that her rival, Adrian Yates (Topher Grace), has seized control of the Ultra Program, a secret project she started to create sleeper agents, and ordered the death of all current assets, including Mike. Lasseter then locates Mike in Liman through her former assistant, Petey Douglas (Tony Hale), and activates him through a series of codes.
Mike finds Yates’ men planting a bomb in his car and is attacked, but his training allows him to overpower and kill them. Horrified, he calls Phoebe, who reunites with him just as they’re arrested for the apparent murders. Yates sends two Ultra operatives, Laugher (Walton Goggins) and Crane (Monique Ganderton), to kill Mike and Phoebe at the police station, but they evade Laugher and kill Crane before escaping to the apartment of Mike’s friend Rose (John Leguizamo), who agrees to hide them. Yates places the city under lockdown and attacks Rose’s apartment using knockout gas. Rose is killed by a stray bullet, while Phoebe steals a gas mask from one of Yates’ men and rescues Mike, who had been exposed to the gas. When pressed for answers on her knowledge of the CIA’s tactics, Phoebe begrudgingly reveals she’s an undercover agent assigned to be Mike’s handler, leaving him heartbroken.
Laugher ambushes the duo and captures Phoebe, while Mike is rescued by Lasseter and brought back to his house, where he learns that he volunteered for the Ultra Program in exchange and had his memories erased. Yates’ men locate him, but Mike and Lasseter fight them off, prompting Yates to order a drone strike on the area. Douglas refuses to follow his orders and secretly reports the situation to Yates’ superior, Raymond Krueger (Bill Pullman). Mike contacts Yates and arranges to exchange himself for Phoebe at the convenience store, but, with Lasseter’s help, sets off a series of fireworks and dispatches of all of Yates’ men before fighting and defeating Laugher, who is spared when Mike learns he is a mentally unbalanced man forcibly conscripted to the program. Yates attempts to flee with Phoebe, but she escapes, while Yates is caught by Lasseter and nearly killed before Krueger intervenes and stops her.
Mike finds Phoebe and proposes to her before both are captured by the CIA, while Krueger leads Yates and Lasseter into the nearby woods and executes Yates. Lasseter convinces Krueger to spare her life by pointing out that Mike is a valuable asset; by taking out all of Yates’ agents, he has proved that the Ultra program was successful. Six months later, Mike and Phoebe are in the Phillippines, now agents on assignment under Lasseter and Douglas’ command. Mike is willingly captured by Chinese mobsters, where his conditioning manifests and he begins selecting the available tools to eliminate the mobsters. The film ends in a cartoon sequence of Mike and Phoebe taking the mobsters out.
The movie is set to be released across Lebanon and the middle east on September 10th 2015.