On a tropical island inhabited only by flightless birds, Red (Jason Sudeikis) stands out in more ways than one. The entire island lives in relative comfort and perfect harmony. The few malcontents are sentenced to mandatory anger management classes, led by the nauseatingly perky Matilda (Maya Rudolph). While delivering a cake to a chicks birthday party, Red arrives late and can’t control his temper when the recipient refuses to pay for the order, due to Red’s tardiness. The altercation lands Red in anger management class. This is where we meet other characters like Chuck (Josh Gad) a mischievous yellow speedster. Bomb, a round black bird with a short fuse who, when angered physically explodes. Lastly there’s Terence (Sean Penn). Terence is the same type of bird as Red (apparently unrelated), but many times larger and only speaks with a short grunt or a long grunt. No one knows of the horrors committed to land Terence in anger management and it’s probably best that it remains that way. One fateful day the island is visited by its first visitors ever: a ship full of wayward pigs from Piggy Island. The Birds welcome their new friends into the flock, except for the skeptical Red, who questions the omelette loving visitors’ goodwill.
Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) lives in obscurity within the friendly confines of his West Virginian small town. Whether at work at the grocery store or home with his live-in girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), Mike spends most of his time smoking weed and working on his comic about a superhero monkey in space. For all the weed Mike smokes, it doesn’t seem to help him with his panic attacks. After booking a trip to Hawaii, Mike has a panic attack at the airport, causing he and Phoebe to miss the trip. Mike’s nervousness and panic attacks aren’t without reason. Continue reading “Movie Review – American Ultra”