Connect with us

Action

Boss Level | A Fun And Fresh Take On The Time Loop Genre

Published

on

A new Hulu film about living the same day over and over again?! Already? Don’t worry you’re not trapped in a time loop! It feels like not very long ago that Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti were stuck in Palm Springs experiencing the same day for eternity and now it seems there’s yet another Hulu original film about being stuck in a time loop. Thankfully, we’re not in a time warp although it does feel a bit strange watching another really good time loop film from Hulu.

Boss Level sees Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Grey) as former special forces agent Roy Pulver reliving the same day over and over again. He wakes up in the exact same place every day and has to fight off a horde of villains and assassins that want to kill him. Think Groundhog Day just with less groundhogs and more contract killers. And blood. And decapitations. When you put it like that it doesn’t sound like Groundhog Day at all but is has the same essence of a character trapped in an infinite time loop that the film is known for. Pulver not only has to fight off the various hitmen that come after him, but he also has to track down Colonel Venter (Mel Gibson), the leader of a mysterious government program in order to save his ex-wife (Naomi Watts) and break free so that he can live to see tomorrow.

The plot can be a bit much at times and not the most interesting aspect of the film but where Boss Level really makes its mark is with all the creative and bloody deaths and making really good use of the time loop concept. We’ve seen so many Groundhog Day-style films such as Palm Springs, Edge of Tomorrow, Happy Death Day and Source Code (all great films by the way) in recent years but despite having a very familiar concept, Boss Level feels fresh and different.

The film has a lot of fun with the concept, right from the get-go. It opens with Grillo waking up and immediately being attacked by an assassin and having a helicopter shooting at him. We see this moment so many times throughout the course of the film but it’s presented in a really fun way. In the first fifteen minutes we’ve already seen a “highlight reel” of deaths showcasing some of the more exciting, and painful, ways that Pulver has died although I won’t divulge into any details, you’ll have to watch the film yourself to see all the creative death scenes.

There is a point in the second act where it does lose a bit of momentum and some of the fun gets taken out of it when the film delves into backstory and whilst this is necessary to the plot, as mentioned previously, the story and some of the explanations just feel a bit clunky and a bit too much. As well as the plot, another problem was the way the film looked. Whilst it felt, really fun and entertaining, the film just looked very bland and grey. What the audience wants from a film like this though, is to see exciting death scenes and cool action sequences. And Boss Level definitely has that! It’s really good fun with lots of exhilarating fight scenes and it’s actually very funny too!

Overall, Boss Level is a fun and fresh take on the time loop genre that’s full of cool action scenes, lots of laughs and it’s just an absolute blast!

Boss Level premieres Friday March 5, on Hulu.

★★★★☆

FILM RATING
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Action

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Review | A Meta Lucid-Trip

Published

on

Nicholas Cage stars as Nick Cage in the action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalised version of Cage must accept a $1 Million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and forced to live up to his own legend, channelling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. With a career built for this very moment, the seminal award-winning actor must take on the role of a lifetime: Nick Cage.

‘Nicolas Cage’ (Nicolas Cage) greets ‘Javi Gutierrez’ with a ‘Palm Hold Fist’ salute as he arrives in Mallorca, Spain. Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes/Lionsgate

From filmmakers, Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a sincere, authentic, and hilarious love letter to Nicholas Cage. It’s also an absolute hoot and delightfully bonkers as we take a rollercoaster ride through his iconic filmography. Full of quirky and heartfelt moments, the film showcases the most uncaged performance from the man himself as, after all, it’s the role he was born to play.

Nicholas Cage is nothing less than a screen legend whose iconic pictures include The Rock, Face/Off, Con Air, Moonstruck, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Academy Awarding winning turn in Leaving Las Vegas. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent builds upon that renowned work and twists and turns it with an imagined “Nick Cage”. He’s able to do any genre from romantic comedies, avant-garde films like Mandy and Wild at Heart, and big tentpole franchises such as National Treasure.

The film is a homage to his body of work and the genres that he’s worked in. He’s a man known for taking risks early in his career that paid off handsomely but in the later years, he’s taken to independent film work some heading straight to streaming. Mandy, Joe, Prisoners of Ghostland and Pig are among my favourites. Each is interesting ranging from unusual to insane.

In the movie “Nick Cage” is a fictionalised version of the star, imagined as a once-highly respected actor who has fallen on hard times and is craving a return to box office glory and prestige. But his waning career is only one of his problems. The faux Cage’s megalomania has poisoned his relationships with his ex-wife Olivia (Sharon Horgan) and daughter Addy (Lily Sheen), unfortunately, though he can’t see it as the fictional Cage is feeling unfulfilled and rejected. This is in contrast with the real Nicholas Cage who recently received his best reviews for his performance in Pig

Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes/Lionsgate

Nick becomes frustrated and a little unhinged, when he loses out on a role that he’s desperate to inhabit so when his smarmy agent played by Neil Patrick Harris extends him a lifeline with an offer to attend a birthday party for a cool payday of one million dollars, Nick despite his instincts reluctantly agrees, and hops on a plane to meet the birthday boy/ cage superfan in picturesque Mallorca, Spain.

Upon arriving in Mallorca and being greeted personally by Javi, Nick is completely checked out until he discovers that he and his host have much in common and begin to bond. Both are cinephiles and share a love of everything from The Cabinet of Dr Caligari to Paddington 2.

That’s not all they have in common. The wealthy man is just as neurotic as his guest of honour and they both find themselves looking for inspiration from the actor’s famously bold audacious characters.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is an intriguing change of pace for Pascal, he inhabits the role of Javi, but as neurotic as he is the character turns out to be an international arms dealer and crime boss. Both Cage and Pascal have incredible chemistry together and truly form a bromance. They are so much fun together and unapologetic about their shared admiration. It is infectious.

Javi Gutierrez’ (Pedro Pascal, left) and ‘Nicolas Cage’ (Nicolas Cage, right) zooming through the mountains of Mallorca, Spain. Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes/Lionsgate

VERDICT

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent was such a hoot & delightfully BONKERS!! a rollercoaster ride through Cage’s iconic filmography & full of quirky & heartfelt moments The most uncaged performance was suave in this meta lucid trip.

 

 

FILM RATING
Continue Reading

Action

Eraser: Reborn | Official Trailer

It is based on U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard who is specialized in engineering the fake deaths of witnesses that leaves no trace of their existence.

Published

on

Genre:

Action

Release Date:

VOD: March 31, 2022

Director:

John Pogue

Cast:

Dominic Sherwood, McKinley Belcher III, Mampho Brescia

Plot Summary:

It is based on U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard who is specialized in engineering the fake deaths of witnesses that leaves no trace of their existence.

FILM RATING
Continue Reading

Action

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – New Teaser Trailer

Published

on

You are invited back into the Magic! as Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, audiences will be taken back into the familiar and immersive world of magic, fun and excitement, featuring even more compelling and unique magical beasts in an all-new story that truly expands the iconic Wizarding World in surprising and unexpected ways.

Synopsis

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?

Image via Warner Bros

Dive into the complex, high-stakes relationship between Grindelwald and Dumbledore and unlock the story of these two legendary wizards.And for the first time, audiences will get an inside look at the complicated and enigmatic Dumbledore.

The film is also the ultimate wizard heist as what follows in The Secrets of Dumbledore is an action-packed cat-and-mouse game of secretive plans, mysteries and fun twists and turns. Our unlikely heroes – Newt, Jacob, Kama, Lally, Bunty and Theseus are brought together by Dumbledore in an attempt to defeat Grindelwald.

From the teaser trailer it looks like this film will be magical on the big screen as it’s a richly realised expansion of the story fans have been craving, a transportive cinematic experience for all ages that features familiar connections to Harry Potter, whilst also keeping the classic Magical elements like the whimsy humour as well as the heartwarming moments and heart-stopping action.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”), Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” was directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling & Steve Kloves, based upon a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film was produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis. Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger, Courtenay Valenti and Michael Sharp served as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” is the newest adventure in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on 8 April 2022 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

FILM RATING
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Popular Now

Advertisement
Advertisement

TRENDING NOW

Trending

0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x