Roy (Frank Grillo) is an ex-special forces officer who, from the minute he wakes up in his bed, many people (aka skilled assassins!) are trying to kill him. You see, Roy is trapped in a never-ending time loop. Each day he lives, he learns more about what is going on, but ultimately the day ends with Roy dying a horrific death. At the start of the film, we know very little information other than Roy is a wanted man, and whenever he dies, he wakes up in the same bed at the same time and tries to survive the same day all over again. Why are people trying to kill him? And how did this insane time loop begin? These are just some of the fun questions Roy will get answers to in due time.
Boss Level is a wild time and serves best as a brainless action-comedy film. The action sequences are absolute fun, and I was surprised to see how many times I was either shocked or found myself laughing at the outrageous fun this film brings to the screen. The film also moves quickly, with only a couple of scenes that seem to overstay their welcome ever so slightly.
I loved the opening of this film. Throughout the film, we hear Roy’s inner thoughts as he explains to the audience what he has discovered so far about the time loop and each of the assassins who are trying to hunt him down. We are also thrown straight into the wild action that surrounds Roy as soon as the film begins. Thankfully, with a title like ‘Boss Level’, there are many video game references, which were also pleasing to see throughout the film, and I found these quite familiar and relatable.
Actor Frank Grillo is excellent as Ray. He is generally a fun character, and it feels evident that the actor had a blast working on this film. The film’s villain, Colonel Ventor, played by Mel Gibson, was also brilliant. While the actor does not display anything major relating to action, he is given several powerful monologues delivered wonderfully. Actress Naomi Watts as the love interest is ok here, but I could not help thinking her character was somewhat vague and dull. Supporting cast Michelle Yeoh & Ken Jeong were undoubtedly a pleasant surprise to see in this film and bring a welcoming presence. Although the movie’s ending felt abrupt, I did find it satisfying.
Overall, I had a fun time watching Boss Level. It is a brainless over the top action film with elements of humour along the way and a different style when it comes to the time loop genre. Frank Grillo is a blast on screen, along with Mel Gibson as the film’s villain. Sure, I can think less of some elements in this film, but for the most part, this is a good time best shared with friends on the big screen.
Boss Level (2021) is Now Available in Australian Cinemas!