Boss Level

Here we go again…

Roy (Frank Grillo) is living the same day over and over. We catch up with him after he’s died about 40 times, only to wake up again to an assassin swinging a machete at his head, and even if he escapes that threat, Roy has discovered he is the target of many, many more killers. Eventually, one of them is going to get Roy, and once they do, he will restart his personal Groundhog Day again and again and again. Who are these killers and why do they want Roy dead? That’s what Roy will have to figure out in order to escape this time loop and save the world, with some help from his scientist ex-wife (Naomi Watts) and with serious opposition from her evil boss (Mel Gibson) and his sidekick (Will Sasso).

Did we need another time loop movie? Definitely not. But Boss Level is not the worst of the bunch. If you can look past some dumb dialogue, such as its insistence that Street Fighter II is an 80s sidescroller (which is so obviously wrong in so many ways), there is a decent action movie here. Again, not a great one, but a serviceable one. It’s no Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow, or Palm Springs, as it doesn’t add anything new to the live/die/repeat genre, and doesn’t bother to even try.

Still, it’s a workable popcorn movie and we certainly haven’t had a lot of those lately. If you’re in the market for one of those, this will probably fit the bill, as long as you are willing to put up with a lack of originality, Mel Gibson’s involvement, and the repeated misclassification of a classic 2D fighting game that was released in 1991.

10 thoughts on “Boss Level

  1. Thomas Pickard

    I am glad to see Mel working again, he’s made mistakes, but haven’t we all; he said things he shouldn’t – again haven’t we all. I don’t know if I can watch another movie of this kind. Ground Hog’s Day was a funny movie. I just wish Hollywood would come up with something different and not just regurgitate the same old story. Thanks for the review.

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  2. Widdershins

    I have no idea who or what ‘Street Fighter II’, or what an ’80s sidescroller’ (Other than Don Johnson getting mugged in Miami) might be 😀 … but I do like what Frank did in the MCU, so this goes on my TBW list 😀

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    1. rAdishhorse

      Nevermind SF II or sidescroller. But you should watch Street Fighter (the movie) with Jean Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue (even if you don’t know them). It’s one of those 90s masterpieces you shouldn’t miss. Also, I’m saying all this ironically.

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      1. rAdishhorse

        Lols. PROBABLY. Me too. With almost everything (70s/80s/90s) available NOW, I also have problem telling when and where did I see this/that movie. It’s all messed up.

        From what I saw in those MCU movies… Grillo seems to be a ‘capable’ action movie hero. He should have had more screen time in those Cap America movies. Y’know, give Cap an annoyingly hard to kill opponent. He’s Cap he can’t be killed. And then, there comes this villain and he’s unkillable. He always comes back. That would’ve been brilliant! MCU wasted him and especially Scott Adkins. And I can’t forgive them for that.

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  3. Tom

    Yeah I’ve kinda lost track of where we stand with Mel Gibson as a society. Hacksaw Ridge was incredibly popular, and all this praise went his way. But now I’m seeing all these negative reviews of any movie in which he appears in front of the camera. It’s an interesting dichotomy.

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  4. rAdishhorse

    I liked this movie more than I expected. And those fights/deaths, pretty funny, esp. the part where he tried and failed to beat Guan Yin multiple times. Hot take: this is better than any of Frank Grillo’s MCU movies.

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