Boss Level is an upcoming American science fiction action film, available on the streaming platform Hulu from March 5th, 2021, directed by Joe Carnahan and stars Frank Grillo as a retired special forces soldier, Roy Pulver who tries to escape a never-ending time loop that results in his death. Mel Gibson is Colonel Clive Ventor, the main “boss” villain. Naomi Watts is Pulver’s love interest and Michelle Yeoh is a Chinese sword fighting expert who acts as a teacher to Pulver.
Now before we begin, you might be asking how is this guy reviewing this movie even though it hasn’t released yet. Easy, I am sponsored by Hulu to write this review and earning big bucks for doing that……damn I really thought I could sell that. Nah, I am just a guy in his apartment who downloaded the movie and is watching it as he types the opening lines for this review. For the Hulu lawyers reading this, sorry for the joke. Hulu isn’t paying me for this review. It’s probably pissed that I downloaded it but hey, sorry I love movies and I just can’t wait until it releases in March. So now that this has been clarified and dealt with, let’s get to the review.
The plot I can’t give away because being a time loop movie, there are too many details essential to build the plot and if revealed would just make the movie dull to watch. So instead, I am just going to give you my thoughts on the same. First of all, bravo! Finally a fun action comedy with just enough twists to keep your brain running. The time loop concept is one of the best in an action movie since Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow. The movie’s action sequences are amazing and the movie keeps you glued to your seat. Engaging dialogue, superb action and thrills from every corner of the screen – it is a movie, which I am disappointed for as it deserves to be watched on the big screen.
Some of the more squeamish viewers should avoid the movie as the kills are brutal but they all make sense as the movie goes on. The brutality of the movie is justified and it keeps it from becoming overwhelming by adding the much needed comedic relief throughout the movie. The performance that stood out for me was the lead Frank Grillo. Not only does Frank Grillo look the part of an action movie star, his performance convinces us that he is more than capable of holding his own in an action movie. He brings a solid physical presence without becoming too dominating or too “Arnie” or “Stallone” like, with self-deprecating humor throughout the movie.
Naomi Watts brings a strong feminine charm to what is essentially a male-dominated, testosterone action flick while Mel Gibson is showing that he can play a strong villain in any action movie after a movie career as a masculine, action movie star with anti-semitic tendencies after a few drinks. Michelle Yeoh is fun too but her character isn’t really explored as the movie revolves around Grillo and he is the one pulling everyone into the movie with his presence. Watch this movie when it releases on Hulu on March 5th, 2021 – grab some popcorn, your buddies (while practicing social distancing) and a few beers and relax and enjoy this fast-paced action comedy which is a definite must watch.
Watch this movie as soon as it is on Hulu as it is a thoroughly enjoyable action comedy. It brings a lot of heart (probably a lot of other dismembered organs too) and the only thing that makes this movie bad is that it was not released on the big screen.