Things start simply enough in Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra as we meet Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), an unmotivated stoner who works at his local cash and carry and lives with the girl of his dreams Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). Their lives are turned upside down when it comes to light that Mike is actually a highly trained sleeper agent created by the CIA, who have just targeted him for termination. To survive against deadly government assassins led by power mad agent Yates (Topher Grace), Mike must put his newly discovered set of skills to good use.
Few would have predicted that Blue Sky Studios’ Rio would go on to be one of the highest grossing films of 2011. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, it was well-liked by both critics and audiences, flapping its way to $483 million worldwide. As such, it’s no surprise we’re getting a second instalment of the franchise, but the assurance that this is a product which a demographic is guaranteed to respond to may have contributed to the overly safe vibe the sequel emanates.
Richard Ayoade is best-known for his role as the technically adept but socially awkward Maurice Moss on British sitcom The IT Crowd, but with 2010’s Submarine he proved that he had skill behind the camera as well. As such, his follow-up – simply entitled The Double (2013) – is highly anticipated for more reasons than just its impressive cast. The film has just had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now a brief but nonetheless eye-catching trailer has hit the web.