It was the actor’s names that caught my eye before I considered the film’s title, Boss Level a mind-bending drama like no other. I can promise it’s action-packed from the beginning to the end, not a film for lovers of romantic stories. But I am also a movie-action kind of gal and this film has all the necessary spices to satisfy an adrenaline pallet.
Frank Grillo an Italian American with roles in Captain America, The Winter Soldier, Warrior, and more. Mel Gibson from numerous movies Hacksaw Ridge, The Beaver, Mad Max series, Gallipoli, Lethal Weapon series, Braveheart just to name a few. Naomi Watts from her debut in Love Alone to Home and Away, Mulholland Drive, King Kong, Ophelia, The Loudest Voice, and the list goes on. Michelle Yeoh from Crazy Rich Asians, CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery, former Bond girl, Tomorrow Never Dies, and more.
With actors like these you know there is going to be trouble, the story rebellious and you will be entertained.
Writer/Director Joe Carnahan injects a type of Groundhog Day with martial arts, combat, time travel, dark humour, video games, hovering helicopters, electrocutions, reincarnation, and overall mayhem, to create a movie with a difference. It is kick-ass action with world-altering twists to the plot that puts its hero through hell.
Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo) has a big problem and unfortunately for him, it repeats itself every day he wakes up. He is mysteriously stuck in time and every morning he is slaughtered by assassins the likes of Dai Feng (Michelle Yeoh) and Brett Dynow (Will Sasso) in different ways. Sometimes he’s shot, blown up, beheaded, or stabbed. Then that days start anew, on and on, for reasons he can’t figure out.
A former Delta Force member, tough-talking Roy needs to find out why he’s stuck in this repeating loop in time and space. How he can save his ex-wife, a brilliant scientist Dr. Jemma Wells (Naomi Watts), and their 11-year-old son Joe (Rio Grillo), and what an evil military scientist named Col. Clive Ventor (Mel Gibson) wants with a powerful machine called “The Osiris Spindle ”
There is a weird link to a videogame and the phrase Boss Level, a phrase that anyone who plays videogames will understand instantly. It’s the ultimate boss, the highest and toughest level of difficulty in a fighting game, said Joe Carnahan.
By setting things right, Roy can become the best version of himself, if he can save himself from being killed.
One can only hope that redemption for an absentee father and husband is not as challenging in our real world, but it is a jarring reminder of what’s important in life.
Lead actors: Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Michelle Yeoh
Actors: Annabelle Wallis Ken Jeong, Will Sasso Selina Lo, Meadow Williams, Rio Grillo
Producers: Joe Carnahan, Frank Grillo, Randall Emmett, George Furla
Written by: Chris Borey & Eddie Borey and Joe Carnahan
Director: Joe Carnahan
Cinemas release date 25 February 2021
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