American Ultra Monday, 16 September 2019

American Ultra

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, drug use and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A toothless laugher.

  • Starring:

    Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale

  • Directed by:

    Nima Nourizadeh

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, punched, stabbed, throat-sliced/stabbed, handcuffed, trapped in a burning vehicle, accidentally burned, headbutted, slapped, grabbed, dragged, body-slammed, elbowed, face-slammed, hair-pulled, gassed, hit with objects, bludgeoned, headlocked, thrown through a window, hammered, cleavered, hooded, tasered, near-strangled. Explosions (building, vehicle). Cars rammed/sabotaged/run off road/doused in petrol. Objects shot, property damage, shattered glass/mirrors. Military vehicles/personnel, drone deployed, grenade thrown. Drawn and animated cartoon images of people being punched/beaten/killed. Yelling, arguing. A teddy bear is shot. Blood/gore: Lots of blood spatter, people covered in blood, bloody bullet/stab/slicing wounds, bloody objects/clothing/nose/heads/faces/bodies/grazes. Drawn and animated cartoon images of blood spatter, pooling blood, brains, skulls, dislodged eyeballs, blood particles/cells, electrocution. A man is injected with an (implied) antidote. Missing/knocked-out teeth, objects protruding from skin, bulging eyes (strangulation). Bruising. Vulture picking at bones, anaphylactic shock, typhoid breakout, virus mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, groping. Close-up of woman's face during (implied) sex. Shirtless men. Couple in bed together (clothed). A scene takes place outside of a strip club. A fluorescent room has cartoon images of semi-nude females on the walls. A woman is accused of bestiality. Sex acts mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People smoke bongs/joints/cigarettes, snort white powder, swallow a tab of (implied) acid. People inhale a toxic gas. trippy sequences. Ashtray of stubbed joint butts. Alcohol (spirits, wine). Dropping acid, getting stoned, weed, mushrooms, marijuana arrests, possession mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. A woman is frequently belittled/compared to a dog. Religious exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES:

    Stoners, secret agents, covert operations, execution, panic attacks, engagement, betrayal, comics/graphic novels, satellite technology, memories, subconscious, national security, survival.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Wedding proposal. Dead parents, stillborn baby mentioned. Airport, jail settings. Toilet, vomiting, spitting. Fireworks, helicopter, full moon. Taxidermy animal heads on walls, dog. Cartoon images of apes, dogs, snakes, whale. Brief Mandarin (subtitles). Flash/fast-moving editing. Vision under end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Ultra-violent, brash, inventive, horrific, romantic, young, angry, alive, sincere, unhinged, fun, restless, intriguing, fizzy, well-meaning, earnest, high-concept. Ace casting, wffortless/charming chemistry between Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, unlikely/endearing antiheroes, strong/kinetic/expert/bone-crunching action scenes, snappy editing, emotionally intelligent, painfully real violence, entertaining cameos, creative/witty end credits, destined for cult status.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Undercooked, meandering, unsatisfying, tiresome, artless, ludicrous. Familiar story, some annoying performances, dry/immature script, uneven tone/logic.

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