Synopsis: An ex-Special Forces badass (Frank Grillo) finds himself in a time loop where he's hunted by an array of zany assassins sent by a megalomaniac CEO (Mel Gibson). In Groundhog Day fashion, the hero will experience the same day thousands of times. He'll have to figure out what's going on, grow as a person and save the day.
My take: Upbeat, fun and silly.
I took notice of Joe Carnahan (Boss Level's director) when I saw Smockin' Aces. JC is good at making lighthearted, tightly paced action movies with charismatic actors. As such, Frank Grillo (the protagonist) is perfectly cast as a badass who goes from reluctant to determined. Grillo (Captain America Civil War) gets to shine as the lead. He's a legit badass who handles fights and chases like a boss (pun intended). He also gets to show his drama chops when acting opposite Naomi Watts, who plays his estranged ex-wife, and his own son in real life, whom he's trying to reconnect with after years of absence. Comedians Will Sasso and Ken Jeong enhance the movie's comedic value without overstaying their welcome. Mel Gibson is sinister without trying yet contributes a few chuckles. The budget is limited but the imagination on display is not. The viewer's interest is maintained with an adroit blend of humour, action, and drama. The title and opening sequence attempt to use a video game motif but it feels like an afterthought, as the characters are caught in a time loop, not a game. No other video game references are made beside a scene in an arcade.
Overall, great entertainment.
BOSS LEVEL (Ennemi Ultime) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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April 13 2021
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- Language : English, French
- Parcel Dimensions : 17.4 x 13.7 x 1.4 cm; 90 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : April 13 2021
- Actors : Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Studio : VVS Films
- ASIN : B08WP3LMSP
- Country of origin : Canada
- Number of discs : 1
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Reviewed in Canada on May 4, 2021
An explosive, wickedly funny, thrilling and furiously enjoyable action-thriller. A huge romp of fun and excitement and powerhouse action from start to finish that does not let up. It's an action film with equal parts attitude and heart. Director, Joe Carnahan rips out another good time for the screen, he does a fantastic job taking this time-loop gimmick and turns it into something special. I loved this film, but it's easy for me being such a fan of the director and cast. Frank Grillo is absolutely fantastic, he is a flawed but enjoyable character with a heart and is so much fun to watch tackle the same day in New outrageous and clever ways. Grillo proves to be an more than capable action hero. Mel Gibson is excellent once again , he looks like he is having such a fun time as thd bad guy in this film and enjoying the ride.
Reviewed in Canada on August 18, 2021
The premise had the potential to go bad, quickly, but thanks to some excellent work by Frank Grillo, was surprisingly good. Highly recommend for those who enjoy a good action movie.
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A Violent Ground Hog DayReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2021
A violent Ground Hog day pretty much sums up the movie, but it really was definitely enjoyable. Actors did a good job in all of their rolls.
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Fun movie great to rewatchReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2021
This may become a cult classic Groundhog Day on steroids. A definite movie to watch again snd agsin and again…
EntertainingReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2021