Naomi Watts

Boss Level (2021)

Boss Level (2021)

Director:

Joe Carnahan

Writers:

Chris Borey

Eddie Borey

Joe Carnahan

Starring:

Frank Grillo

Naomi Watts

Michelle Yeoh

Will Sassa

Mel Gibson

Blurb:

A retired Special Forces officer is trapped in a never-ending time loop on the day of his death.

Review:

Boss Level snuck in under my radar and I didn’t know it was even a thing until I was mindlessly scrolling through Hulu. It was a victim of COVID and despite costing $45 million ended up on Hulu and not in theaters. It was an entertaining action movie with the added bonus of the repeating day trope. Someone at Hulu seriously loves that trope and I am all about it. More, please!

Anyway, an incredibly dehydrated Frank Grillo does a great job portraying an ex-military man stuck in a loop where he dies every day. He has no idea what’s going on at first and spends the first 80 or so loops just fighting to survive before he tries to figure out what’s going on.

Surprisingly, Naomi Watts is also in this film. I was not expecting that, though, she isn’t in the movie a huge amount. She’s Grillo’s ex and the mother of his child. She also doesn’t seem to understand PTSD and just wants him to go back to being the man she loved before all the military killing and whatnot. It doesn’t go into his military background, much, so that’s just an assumption on my part.

Mel Gibson was a good bad guy, which makes sense considering who he is in real life.

The biggest surprise, for me, was Will Sasso being the heavy henchman. I’ve only ever seen him in comedic roles and while this wasn’t a super serious role it was definitely not a comic relief character.

Michelle Yeoh was in Boss Level as well. I’m so happy with her current popularity. She’s popping up in so many movies that I watch and enjoy. I will always love seeing her.

Boss Level was a nice break from my movie re-watch and I’m glad I checked it out.

3.5/5

St. Vincent (2014)

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St. Vincent (2014)

Director:

Theodore Melfi

Starring:

Bill Murray

Melissa McCarthy

Naomi Watts

Plot:

A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

Review:

I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a Bill Murray comedy, as in his recent darker comedies, or if this was going to be a Melissa McCarthy comedy, as in raunchy. For those who are curious, it was a Bill Murray comedy. Actually I wouldn’t categorize this as a comedy and feel it was a dramedy at best. Very few funny moments.

It was ok. The characters were difficult to like, though, none of them were horrible.

I don’t understand how the mom could be happy about the son nominating Vincent, Bill Murray, for sainthood. It’s like we were supposed to forgive him for taking the kid to horse races, bars, and having him spend time around a prostitute. Yeah he took care of his wife in a home, and sure he was a war hero, but I’m not sure if that overrides all the bad, I’m just not sure.

The movie wasn’t horrible but probably not one I would recommend.

2.75/5