Boss Level

Director: Joe Carnahan
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 1.5

It's Groundhog Day-meets-video games as former soldier Pulver (Frank Grillo) has to keep fighting - and getting killed by - enemy combatants in order to find out why he's in a death loop ... which leads him to his ex-lover Jemma (Naomi Watts), a scientist, and power-mad Ventor (Mel Gibson).  While the execution isn't completely terrible - Carnahan is quick with the cutting and knows how to film a fight - it becomes tedious by around the hour mark: since Pulver can't die, there's no emotional risk involved and all the movie amounts to is a metaphor for a Father learning how to bond with his Son and patching up his relationship with the Woman he loves (you can safely roll your eyes).  Getting Gibson to play a lunatic with a God Complex couldn't have been much of casting challenge (in his defense, Mel plays along nicely).