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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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Netflix | Night Teeth – Official Trailer

A college student moonlighting as a chauffeur picks up two mysterious women for a night of party-hopping across LA. But when he uncovers their bloodthirsty intentions – and their dangerous, shadowy underworld – he must fight to stay alive.



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Action, Crime, Drama

Release Date:

October 20, 2021

Director:

Adam Randall

Cast:

Sydney Sweeney, Megan Fox, Alexander Ludwig

Plot Summary:

A college student moonlighting as a chauffeur picks up two mysterious women for a night of party-hopping across LA. But when he uncovers their bloodthirsty intentions – and their dangerous, shadowy underworld – he must fight to stay alive.

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Matrix: Resurrections | Official Trailer – COMING THURSDAY

The Matrix: Resurrections is an upcoming American science fiction action film produced, co-written, and directed by Lana Wachowski. It is the fourth installment in The Matrix film series.



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Action, Sci-fi

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December 22, 2021

Director:

Lana Wachowski

Cast:

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Ann Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jada Pinkett Smith, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris

Plot Summary:

The Matrix: Resurrections is an upcoming American science fiction action film produced, co-written, and directed by Lana Wachowski. It is the fourth installment in The Matrix film series.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review

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It’s crazy to think that Marvel Studios went the whole of 2020 in complete silence with no new releases and now Marvel are back in 2021 with a huge bang. Three TV shows in, part way through another, and now we’ve reached film number two of the four big screen superhero shenanigans Marvel have in store for us in 2021. Even though Avengers: Endgame was the big conclusion for Marvel in 2019, if Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is anything to go by, they show no sign of stopping.



Shang-Chi introduces the first Asian superhero to the big screen and actor Simu Liu absolutely smashes it as the character. It’s like Liu was born to play this role. Immediately it’s clear as day that Liu is the perfect person to play the role and within his first few scenes, he slots into the Marvel universe so well and has so much personality to him.

When we first meet Liu, he’s known as Shaun and working as a valet parking guy at a fancy hotel with his friend Katy (Awkwafina). The two are enjoying their ordinary lives in San Francisco when suddenly Shaun is ambushed on the bus by a bunch of men in an attempt to steal the pendant he wears around his neck. What follows is a dazzling spectacle as Shaun fights off the bad guys. Shang-Chi boasts some of the MCU’s most impressive action sequences to date as the camera flies around the bus in an electrifying manner, highlighting the excellent fight choreography.

Shaun, who reveals to Katy that his real name is actually Shang-Chi must confront his past as he travels to Macau in search of his sister Xialing where he’s drawn into the web of the mysterious organisation known as the Ten Rings. He must face his father Wenwu, played by Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, who possesses the legendary Ten Rings.

Set after the blip and the events of Infinity War and Endgame, the film sees director Destin Daniel Cretton inject a whole lot of freshness and originality into the MCU in what’s one of the best Marvel solo films to date and does a fantastic job of introducing the new character of Shang-Chi to audiences. There are of course some links and ties to the other films, especially since this isn’t the first time we’ve come across the Ten Rings. Fans will recognise the name and remember the organisation from the Iron Man films. However, Shang-Chi largely stands on its own and it doesn’t rely on the rest of the MCU to make it a really good film. It does that all by itself.



Shang-Chi feels very different to the usual Marvel fare- at least in the first half of the film. The action scenes are all incredible and so superbly choreographed. There’s one scene in particular that takes place on scaffolding hundreds of feet above Macau that’s absolutely thrilling to watch and is one of the best action scenes of all the Marvel films. As well as impressive action, the film’s very funny too. Awkwafina’s Katy provides a lot of the comic relief and the chemistry between her and Liu is great making their two characters stand out.

But beyond the action and the humour there are interesting and compelling characters in Shang-Chi. There’s a central struggle between Shang-Chi and his father Wenwu and even though the MCU has had its fair share of daddy issues from Thanos to Ego the Living Planet and Howard Stark, the relationship between Shang-Chi and Wenwu feels gripping and unlike some of the other father-son struggles the MCU has given us.

However, where the film falls down is the final act. It slips away from the fun and entertaining antics we saw in the first hour in favour of a generic, grey, dull CGI fest. Shang-Chi would be top-tier Marvel if it managed to stick the landing and get the ending right but unfortunately the final act is a bit of a bloated mess. It’s not awful and the film as a whole is still in Marvel’s top ten and but it loses so much of what made it different and fun to watch when it resorts back to the basic superhero film climax with a load of CGI taking place in a dull, grey location.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a really enjoyable superhero showdown that does a great job of introducing a new hero into the MCU despite being brought down by a flat and slightly dull finale. Simu Liu shines in the role leaving you itching to see more of him with post credits scenes (there are two) teasing that this certainly won’t be the only time we see Shang-Chi. Marvel once again prove they know exactly how to make a great comic book film.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings releases only in cinemas on September 3rd.

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