By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
If Shaggy Rogers of Scooby-Doo fame ever meets the stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) in American Ultra, he better start running away now! This amusing action-comedy-romance explores the life of a clueless young adult who has the skills of a trained assassin. He knows how to utilize it but when he’s spent a good part of his life wonderfully sedated, some of those special skills he knows are not as well honed as they could be. Neither is this movie.
The bigger plot that unfolds outside of Howell’s world is more interesting than the cat-and-mouse game where Howell’s involved. The onus is on Adrian Yates (Topher Grace), a high-ranking CIA operative trying to impress his superiors. He ordered the hit on Howell in order to erase the people involved in a CIA program to create sleeper agents.