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Boss Level

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6.81 h 41 min2021X-Ray15
Trapped in a time loop that constantly repeats the day of his murder, former special forces agent Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo) is forced to relive his death over and over again. To escape and save his family, Roy must outrun skilled ruthless assassins determined to keep him from breaking out of the loop.
Directors
Joe Carnahan
Starring
Frank GrilloMel GibsonNaomi Watts
Genres
Science FictionComedySuspenseAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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Supporting actors
Annabelle WallisKen JeongWill SassoSelina LoMeadow WilliamsMichelle YeohMathilde OllivierRob GronkowskiSheaun McKinney
Producers
JOE CARNAHANFRANK GRILLORANDALL EMMETTGEORGE FURLA
Studio
Amazon Studios
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Sexual contentsmokingalcohol usefoul languageviolence
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848 global ratings

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  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 10% of reviews have 1 stars
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s'okReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Big Dumb Stupid Fun...
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...that's all you really need to know.

Yet, if you absolutely insist on reading a wordy review which speaks to the nuanced vision brought to your screen in a cinematic masterclass of understatement and subtlety, I would suggest you go find another movie because this ain't it.
Instead you will find a jarring immediacy on meeting a protagonist who goes around killing bad guys with little to no introduction or major development of his character; the film refusing to hold your hand almost as if the director expects you to know exactly what kind of nonsense you are getting into, and have at least a passing familiarity with Groundhog Day.
The pacing is frantic, the humour borrows from Deadpool and the tone is all over the place, all three attributes often to its cost, but if you fancy the motion picture equivalent of a 3am pizza, you could do much worse.
And I could say more, but I would only be wasting my time and yours. You know exactly whether you want to watch this or not.

Oh, and there will probably be a dumb sequel.
23 people found this helpful
Mr. Mark JonesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dripping with potential. But written by a teenager, for a teenager, presumably.
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The premise is good. The execution is not so good. High quality sets, acting is ok. Just the script. What the heck happened to show don't tell. Still, at least he wasn't a Mary Sue. or a woman. or a token other. Watched with increasing disappointment, failed to reach the end. Maybe I'm not the intended audience.
13 people found this helpful
KingsmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Almost Perfect
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Boss Level is a film that was made 2019 but was supposed to be released in 2020. The Pandemic delayed it's release somewhat. Just watched fully on Amazon Prime and have to say it is a almost Perfect sci fi film. It has an interesting spin on Groundhog Day but with a Sci Fi spin. Frank Grillo plays an ex mercenary who has to save his ex wife played by Oscar Winner Naomi Watts and their son played by Grillo's real life son Rio all the while combating assassin's and trying to work his way out of a endless time loop. This plot reminds me of a 90's TV movie called 12:01 in which Johnathan Silver played a meek accountant who has to save the girl he has fallen in love with from being killed, whilst being stuck in a time loop forced to repeat the day over and over again. As in that Movie the source of the repeating time loop is a time machine that the girlfriend is working on. Here it's a Machine Watts is working on and the reason Grillo is able to repeat the day is because she has stuck a strand of his hair in the machine which is called the Osiris Spindle. These constant repeats show the various scenarios in which Grillo comes into contact with assassin's trying to kill him. So why almost perfect film, to well that's because the main villian and his henchan played by Mel Gibson and Bill Sasso really aren't fleshed out really well. Neither have. Much onscreen time and when they are onscreen they really don't get to do much. The irony is if this film had been made the 80's or 90's Gibson could have easily played the Grillo character. But overall it is a good movie and definitely has repeat play value.
10 people found this helpful
GReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Worst ending ever
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Spoilers. Was loving this movie until the ending. They should have figured out another half hour of story to make the ending good or just not made the movie in the first place. Plus it ended on the worst shot EVER of the worst acting EVER, a terrible actor unable to look serious as she smiles pointlessly when the love of her life is in mortal danger... because of her. They left you without even knowing if the main character survived hahahahahah what a jokeeee
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ninja7kReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
High quality action movie with a groundhog day, sci fi, Egyptian mythology, video game, twist!
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This is a surprisingly smart, funny, light-hearted action movie with emotional moments as well. The action scenes are very inventive and combine superb stunts and practical effects with cgi to create exhilarating set pieces. The casting is perfect with Frank grillo Naomi watts, Mel Gibson, and all the assassins and henchmen delivering perfect performances. The director Joe carnahan has made many great films such as Narc and smoking aces and this is yet another high quality addition to his filmography.
Bravo to Amazon for picking this one!
9 people found this helpful
William J. FoxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love Conquers
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An unusual take on the topic of ground hog day. Fast paced action form the start and the reveal at the end was something of a surprise. If there is a problem, it's that there is no actual ending, not that it matters. What did occur was satisfying and perhaps revealing more could have spoiled the magic.
I don't want to offer any spoilers to an excellent film but I did like the link with video games and Ancient Egyptian myths of Osiris.
Apart from Mel Gibson, not my favourite English hating actor, there were few familiar faces. I vaguely remember seeing Frank Grillo in "Billions" and the recent Captain America films but very little else. As for the rest of the cast, one stand-out was Selina Lo as the swords woman Guan Yin, and I loved the cameo of Michelle Yeoh helping Roy Pulver (Grillo) to overcome Guan Yin in a duel. The rest of the baddies were basically just NPCs with almost two dimensions to their characters. Good acting but they were basically cannon fodder.
I highly recommend this action film, especially if you've ever been a fan of video games.
5 people found this helpful
Steve WatsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
What's with the ending though???
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Such a cool movie. So good to Frank Grillo playing a role with some cool comedy aspects as well as the violence!

Of which there is so much! It's awesome.

I won't spoil it, but it's just Live Die Repeat, Happy Birthday T U, Groundhog Day. So by no means an original idea, but when are they these days?

This movie is funny, and it kind of has it's own twist on the "LDR" template.
But it's most definitely a movie to sit and watch. It really is a decent movie with a great cast.

Mel Gibson doesn't play the biggest role tbh, but that's fine.
It's just jacked up Frank Grillo "Living, Dying, and Repeating" until he finally discovers the missing piece!

I won't spoil anything, but ENDING!!!!!!! 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️
4 people found this helpful
SMH77Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Above average time loop action thriller...
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This review contains spoilers...

Boss Level is another of those offloaded pre covid films snapped up by a streaming service for probably not much more than it's forty five million budget.

I guess Amazon Studios probably outbid Netflix because its the kind of move and film tailor made for their service. A present day, Sci-fi, stuck in a time loop, elimination by repetition, action thriller!

Sure the concept is not original. It doesn't have the charm of Groundhog Day and Live Die Repeat had better effects and acting. But, its likeable and entertaining.

Frank Grillo plays the special forces vet thrown in the deep end by his scientist ex Naomi Watts. Mel Gibson is the obligatory ex CIA military contractor funding the time travelling, potentially world ending research.

Roy (Grillo) wakes up each morning dodging a machete and from there things quickly get more explosive and ludicrous. The references to video game culture come thick and fast. Each day is one more level completed to finishing the game. The fact that it takes between 250 - 300 attempts for Roy to get there, while necessary for the film, does get a bit repetitive. Thankfully, Joe Carnahan (the director) is adept at using flashbacks to break the continuity.

Speaking of directors, Carnahan has a good resume, from the very good Narc, to the underrated A Team romp. He keeps the action moving at a good pace and has worked with Grillo on a few occasions so is able to get the best out of him.

As for Grillo, he's never going to be a top A list earner but working with more established actors, as in this film, he puts in a good performance. His real life son plays his child in this film. And the twenty or so minutes of screen time they share is some of the best heartfelt acting I have seen from him.

Mel Gibson on the other hand is a bit off an odd choice for the bad guy. His redemption in Hollywood has been a long painful process and is in no way complete. This performance is one dimensional and it doesn't look as if his heart was really in it. Which is a shame because his role in The Professor and the Madman, which was only a few years ago, shows he's more than capable.

Naomi Watts is the love interest, Michelle Yeoh the underused martial arts master, Ken Jeong is typecast as usual, and fans of MMA will spot a few familiar faces. All in all, plot holes aside, it works. Except for the ending...

If ever a film was crying out for a post credits scene. It was this one. Just him waking up in a bed alone would have been enough. As it is the audience is left guessing...

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

Having looked online to see why there was no post credits scene. It seems that the version released on Hulu does indeed have a post credits scene. Basically, Roy wakes up in bed in the same situation...says "piece of cake..." before fade to black. The consensus online being he has to repeat the day, kill the bad guys, rescue the missus, one final time. But as he is in real time, live or die, he will not repeat the day again. So he has a pretty good chance of walking off into the sunset...
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