review by Bobby Blakey
Director Joe Carnahan has proven time and again he knows his way around action with films like Smokin Aces, The A-Team and The Grey. Now he is teaming up with Frank Grillo for his latest action flick Boss Level, co-starring Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson, Will Sasso, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh. Could this film bring more of his usual crazed action or will it be a day not worth reliving?
Boss Level follows a retired special forces officer stuck in a time loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over again while being hunted by dozens of deadly assassins, a man struggles to find a way out of his strange predicament. From the first trailer I needed to see this movie. It was promising insane action and a ton of fun so I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t a bit nervous on how good the finished product was going to be.
I am so happy to report this movie kicks all kinds of ass. The trailer does it perfect justice, but the way it is put together and the story is laid out makes it all the better. Frank Grillo hss that old school action swagger that I loved through the 80s and 90s. Everything he does no matter how good or bad the project he always stands out and here is no different. This time around he gets to lead the charge like only can and looks to be having a ton of fun doing it. On the other side of that is Mel Gibson who chews up every scene and is the perfect opposition from Grillo. This not only works but gives it the old school versus new school action vibe I love.
The rest of the cast hold their own and all offer up unique personalities and catch phrases that help the video game style tone work. Despite this it never comes across as campy or dumb, just a ton of violent fun. The action is non-stop and while not anything that is overly impressive in the realm of fighting it keeps it coming. There is everything you can think of or want from the genre including gun fights, car chases, explosions, sword fights, decapitations, harpoons and so much more.
I love everything about this movie. It could not have been more fun outside of just bringing more martial arts fights. This is the kind of movie you just dive in and can’t help but smile by all of its ridiculous chaos and eager to get more.
Do not miss out on Boss Level available now on Hulu.