Mar. 29, 2017

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A Preview of Nima Nourizadeh’s “American Ultra”

Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) and Phoebe Larson (Kristen Stewart) in American Ultra (via Alan Markfield) Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) and Phoebe Larson (Kristen Stewart) in American Ultra (via Alan Markfield)
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“America Ultra” is an action comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Max Landis. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and also features Kirsten Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walter Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bl Pullman, and Tony Hale.

The film is about Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg), a stoner from the small town of Liman, West Virginia, where he works at a convenience store and tries to write a graphic novel. Mike finds himself psychologically unable to leave the town of Liman and is subject to panic attacks whenever he tries to do so. Unknown to Mike, though, he is also a CIA sleeper agent, highly trained to be a killing machine. Mike is the sole survivor of a secret program called American Ultra, a program created by CIA agent Victoria Lasseter (Connie Britton). Lasseter’s rival, Adrian Yates (Topher Grace), later declares Mike a liability and orders Mike’s termination. Fortunately for Mike, Lasseter has a sense of duty to him, and so he “activates” him. Now, Mike has to use his secret training to fight to save both himself and his girlfriend Phoebe Larson (Kirsten Stewart) from the very agency that trained him in this hilarious, fast-paced film.

“American Ultra” was released on August 21, 2015. It will be shown Friday night at 9:30 pm in Dewing 103 as this week’s Zoo Flick, hosted by the Office of Student Involvement. Admission is free and there will also be free popcorn and soda.

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