Once you get over the first ten minutes, Boss Level is a surprisingly enjoyable and weirdly written movie.
You’ve pretty sure already seen a movie with the same premise: A tough guy trapped in a never-ending time loop on the day of his death. What makes Boss Level different is that the main character, Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo) knows it from the beginning, and he shares it with the viewer by also being the narrator of the movie.
However, the movie powers things up with some interesting twists along the way mixed with a gleefully over-the-top sci-fi action. Boss Level is a thoroughly enjoyable thrill ride that provides just as many laughs as it does badassery. When you’re not shocked by the stellar action sequences, you’ll be laughing at one of Roy’s expletive-laden quips.
Sadly, where Boss Level misses is in its casting.
It’s 2021, no one really wants to see Mel Gibson on screen. Add to its, he’s badly playing an antagonist that misses his every single mark. I couldn’t even understand his motivations or even tolerate his scenes. And that’s a big problem for a movie who’s trying to approach time loop sci-fi genre from a gamification perspective: “you win the game by breaking the loop”, oh and saving the world.
Should you watch it?
Depends on how bored you are. The first 15 minutes explain the whole thing, but they’re difficult to watch. However, Frank Grillo makes it worth it. It’s an action-packed movie that makes fun of itself without actually looking like it.