Boss Level

  • 27 Feb - 05 Mar, 2021
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Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo) has a real problem. He wakes up every morning to be slaughtered by assassins in different ways. He's either shot, blown up, beheaded, or stabbed; then it starts all over again – over and over again for reasons he doesn't understand.

A former Delta Force member Roy needs to figure out why he's stuck in this repeating loop in time and space, how he can save his ex-wife (Naomi Watts as Dr Jemma Wells) and 11-year-old son, and what an evil military scientist named Ventor (Mel Gibson) who is his ex-wife's boss, wants with something called The Osiris Spindle. He seems to have become an unwitting part of Ventor's plan to use this powerful machine and must work out how. That's if he can save himself from being killed again.

Grillo plays a character that has deep regrets. He has an ex-wife he's still in love with and a son he doesn't spend enough time with as an absentee husband and father. With each resurrection, Roy discovers if he has enough attempts, he can right the wrongs he's done and redeem himself in the eyes of the people he loves. He also gathers more clues to the terrifying truth.

Anyone who plays video games will understand the phrase Boss Level instantly. It's the ultimate boss, the highest and toughest level of difficulty in a fighting game. Grillo definitely has to jump a lot of hoops to get to the truth. There are grenade-launchers, assault weapons, beheadings, wild twists and turns and other forms of mayhem, and a who's who of supporting actors like Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Michele Yeoh and Ken Jeong.

If it's pure escapism and entertainment you're after, this is the one, with shades of the Kill Bill trilogy running through its veins. A kick-ass action thriller peppered with over-the-top kills, hand-to-hand combat, car chases, humour, heart, and a strong dash of action coolness, with Grillo, Gibson and Watts as part of the film's unique charm.

This movie has a lot of entertainment to appreciate and be engaged in with a dash of those great '80s action thrillers, and very much a more violent Groundhog Day.