A man who is seemingly an aimless drug addict, ends up receiving the shock of his life when he effortlessly kills two people and learns that he is a trained CIA sleeper agent whose life is at risk. Can he use his skills to save himself and his girlfriend?
By turns fiery and funny, this offbeat saga revolves around Mike Howell, a drug addict who spends most of his time writing graphic novels and works as a convenience store clerk. He lives in a small town with his long-term live-in girlfriend, Phoebe Larson, whom he is planning to propose to.
When his life is threatened out of the blue, he finds that he has extraordinary skills in defending himself and killing others. He also begins to question the fact that he has no memory of his life before he came to live in the town. Although he has no memory of it, it turns out that Mike is actually a member of the CIA and trained 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 new-found abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from the dangers of a deadly government operation they find themselves embroiled in.
As a promotional stunt, Lionsgate gave away/delivered free marijuana at the San Diego Comic Con to anyone with a medical marijuana card.
Jesse Eisenberg has said in an interview that to prepare for the role of a stoner, he went and lived with his cousin, Andrew Eisenberg, who taught him how stoners walk and talk. Jesse Eisenberg has said that without his cousin, he probably couldn't pull the role off.
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart previously co-starred in Adventureland (2009).
Kristen Stewart dyed her hair bright red for the film.
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart previously starred in Adventureland. In both that movie and this one, Jesse Eisenberg's character is known for his association with marijuana.
Uma Thurman was cast but her deal never materialized and Sharon Stone replaced her. When scheduling issues caused Stone to drop out, Connie Britton stepped into the part.
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