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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Boss Level (2021) - Time Loops and Bullet Proofs

Rating: ★★★☆☆(3/5 Stars)

Released 03-20-2021

Watched 06-16-2024

Reviewed 06-25-2024

Watched on Hulu

"They have an army. All I have is time."

“Boss Level” is a high-octane action film directed by Joe Carnahan that blends the repetitive thrill of a video game with the emotional depth of a personal journey. The movie stars Frank Grillo as Roy Pulver, a former special forces agent caught in a never-ending time loop. Each day, Roy must fight off an array of assassins to uncover the truth behind his predicament and save his loved ones.

Frank Grillo delivers a charismatic performance, balancing the physical demands of the action scenes with a surprising emotional vulnerability. His chemistry with Naomi Watts, who plays his estranged wife, adds a layer of genuine warmth to the film. Mel Gibson also makes a notable appearance as the villainous Colonel Ventor, bringing his trademark intensity to the role.

The action sequences are the film’s standout feature, with inventive choreography and a relentless pace that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The time-loop concept is utilized effectively, offering fresh variations on the same scenario and maintaining a sense of urgency throughout.

However, the film isn’t without its flaws. Some of the humor feels forced, and certain plot points can be predictable. Additionally, while the film does attempt to explore deeper themes of redemption and family, these moments can sometimes feel overshadowed by the relentless action.

Overall, “Boss Level” is entertaining and combines explosive action with heartfelt moments. It’s not without missteps, but the engaging performances and creative direction make it worth watching.


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