Boss Level 2020 movie

Boss Level – An endless day of action entertainment

Between work, family, and friends, we often complain that we never have time for ourselves, but even having an almost infinite amount of time could lead to problems, as happens to the protagonist of this 2020 movie, Boss Level.

Indeed, for many days, it is always May 9 for Roy Pulver, a former Special Forces captain who always wakes up in his bed next to a beautiful occasional lover while an unknown hitman tries to hack him to pieces with a machete.

Unfortunately, he is just the first in a long list of bizarre killers who hunt him down all over town without poor Roy even knowing why.

So there are a couple of girls heavily armed in an ATV, an Asian warrior who repeatedly stabs him with a sword, or a funny midget who likes to blow him up with his remote-controlled bombs, just to name a few.

Roy every day tries to escape and fights to survive, but there is nothing he can really do: sooner or later, this murderous pack finds and brutally kills him every time.

However, one day, among all these equal days, he finally finds time to think, realizing everything happening must be connected to the mysterious top-secret work of his ex-wife, Jemma Wells.

Just before the loop began, Roy had gone to her lab, where she works for Clive Ventor, another former army Colonel and also a highly narcissistic control freak.

The only clue Jemma has left him is a book about the Egyptian deity Osiris, which is the same name as the experiment she does not want to talk about but seems to fear might even trigger the world’s destruction.

Amazing entertainment, but not only

Joe Carnahan is usually a filmmaker I rely on, an excellent expert in cinematic art who sometimes just makes entertainment (as in this case), but on other occasions, he can handle more complex and meaningful stories.

It is no coincidence that I have repeatedly recommended his distinctive works such as Narc or The Grey, which are unforgettable and splendid, or others simply meant to have a good time, such as Stretch or the more recent Copshop, where once again among the protagonists is the likable Frank Grillo.

As far as I’m concerned, Boss Level was one of the funniest movies of 2020, tracing the famous Groundhog Day and effectively transforming the comic soul of the cult with Bill Murray into an irresistible action/fantasy merry-go-round.

Carnahan’s skill is never in question with fight and shoot-out and chase scenes, not even in movies like The A-Team that I wouldn’t say I liked much, but then again, I didn’t like the original TV series either, so maybe I don’t appreciate its essential appeal.

The excellent action sequences also combine with great pacing and effectiveness in Kevin Hale‘s editing, especially in the story’s first half, which is a continuous and hilarious jumping back and forth between the protagonist’s various days and experiences.

Then, the second half drops the initial euphoria somewhat to become a more conventional adventure, with all the genre canons, such as the sociopathic boss of the fighting villains and the pretty lady to rescue.

In this case, Carnahan packs one of the best pure entertainment movies I have ever seen, a story that literally flies by from the first minute to the last, without a single dull moment and actually leaving you almost feeling sorry as if you wanted more of Captain Roy Pulver‘s crazy adventures.

A boss-level cast in every role

Besides the impeccable technical side, Carnahan can also rely on an excellent cast both in the leads and in the many supporting roles.

We begin, of course, with Frank Grillo, whom in other movies we had seen as a feature character or even bad guy (just think about The Avengers or Donnybrook), while here he is the classic one-man army hero who completely single-handedly devastates a colorful platoon of enemies at increasing difficulty, almost like in a video game.

A pack of goons who are as various as they are lethal with, for example, the deadly Selina Lo repeatedly stabbing or decapitating the hero with her sword (“I’m Guan Yin and Guan Yin did this“) or the equally insane Meadow Williams shooting him over and over again with none other than Adolf Hitler’s gun.

Commanding them all is an excellent boss like Mel Gibson, able to define a wonderful character with his charisma, although doing the math, he doesn’t have that many minutes on screen.

The same goes for the beautiful Naomi Watts, both victim and architect of the endless spiral trap for the protagonist; whom we admire especially in the long scene when Gibson delivers a resounding monologue, one of the best moments in the whole story.

As mentioned, we also have great talent in the many supporting roles, such as the foolproof Michelle Yeoh, who will become the sword master to fight, finally on equal terms, against the invincible Guan Yin.

Also amusing is the comic role of Ken Jeong, whom we remember as an off-the-wall criminal in the famous The Hangover saga, here as the restaurant owner who is practically the only safe place where the protagonist takes refuge and gets drunk every day before inevitably ending up killed for the umpteenth time.

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen this movie since 2020, at least a dozen, but I really can’t help but enjoy it almost as if I also had fallen into a time loop, however, without ever reaching the ultimate Boss Level. What do you think? Have you watched it, or will you possibly see it after reading my recommendation?

Boss Level 2020 movie
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