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Release Date: August 21st, 2015

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 2015

R|1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary
Small-town stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting smoked.

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

Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Genres: Comedy, Action

Production Co: Circle of Confusion, PalmStar Media

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Cool, Girlfriend, Amusing, Transformation, 2010s, Pursuit, Suspenseful, Gripping, Small town, Rise

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  • Part stoner comedy, midnight movie, outsiders’ love story and ultraviolent B-movie, this intriguing film is given real soul by stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, even if director Nima Nourizadeh’s ambitions end up being more laudable than the results. show more

  • A genre mash that's mildly amusing until it can't think of anything else to do besides flop around in the deep end of conspicuous gore. show more

  • Nourizadeh and Landis are clearly going for a Tarantino level of blood-soaked dark humor, and while their cast is game, the film’s bursts of violence grow tiresome as its plot gets more and more ludicrous and hard to swallow. show more

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