‘Boss Level‘ is a science fiction action film directed by Joe Carnahan, who also co-wrote it and co-produced it along with Frank Grillo and a handful of others. It was released by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures and streamed exclusively through Hulu.
Retired Delta Force soldier Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo) has a problem. He keeps waking up on the same day horrific deaths every single day before waking up and repeating it. The last thing he remembers before it starts is a conversation with his ex-wife Jemma (Naomi Watts), who works on a time machine project for Colonel Clive Ventor (Mel Gibson), who has delusions of grandeur. At first, Roy goes with the flow, but after over 140 tries, he decides to figure out what is going on, how to stop it, and connect with his son Joe (Rio Grillo) before it’s too late.
Carnahan described it as, “Groundhog Day as an action movie” to Movieline. Not even close. This trend of time-loop movies is getting old fast. At least with genre or even subgenre trends, you can get a variety with characters and plots. With this sort of single concept trope, the variety ends very quickly. At some point, there is nothing new you can add to this concept and can only get creative with characters or how they got put in a loop. This movie is proof of that.
That being said, if you are willing to ignore the overused trope, this action flick is actually kind of fun. It is the perfect movie for a Friday night where you can prop up your feet, grab a cold one, pop some popcorn, and have a good ol’ time. It provides all of the action-packed sequences, witty dialogue, and cool fight scenes to keep you entertained all throughout.
There was a few questions that I had. For instance, Michelle Yeoh has an appearance as a championship sword fighter who teaches Roy combat. We see a training montage of each and how he convinces her to train him. Does he die in these scenarios or does he just reset? There were similar incidents throughout. The acting is not anything amazing, but everyone does a good job with the role they are given.
Bottom line, if you are willing to not think too hard, Boss Level is the kind of action movie to keep the adrenaline pumping and the good times rolling.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong violence, Strong foul language, Sexual content
FAVORITE QUOTES: And some things you are forced to do over and over again.
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