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

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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.

★★★★☆

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – New Teaser Trailer

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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.

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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?

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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.

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The Book of Boba Fett | Disney + | Star Wars – Official Trailer

On the sands of Tatoonie, bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigate the Galaxy’s underworld and fight for Jabba the Hutt’s old territory.

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Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Release Date:

December 29, 2021

Producers:

Jon Favreau; Dave Filoni; Robert Rodriguez; Kathleen Kennedy

Cast:

Tamuera Morrison, Ming-Na Wen

Plot Summary:

On the sands of Tatoonie, bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigate the Galaxy’s underworld and fight for Jabba the Hutt’s old territory.

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The Witcher Season 2 | Netflix – Official Trailer

Destiny is a beast. Watch the official trailer for Season 2 of The Witcher. The Witcher Season 2 debuts December 17, only on Netflix.

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Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Release Date:

December 17, 2021

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Netflix

Cast:

Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan

Plot Summary:

Destiny is a beast. Watch the official trailer for Season 2 of The Witcher. The Witcher Season 2 debuts December 17, only on Netflix.

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