Mel Gibson might not be the all-conquering A-list star that he used to be, and his career was noticeably hurt by some public scandals in his personal life, but there are still very few actors out there that possess his unique blend of world-weary gravitas and grizzled charisma.
The 65 year-old has been putting those talents to solid use recently, headlining gritty action thrillers Blood Father and Dragged Across Concrete, utilizing his screen persona for comedic effect in Daddy’s Home 2, and playing a very different type of Santa Claus in Fatman, while he’s set to reunite with co-star Danny Glover and director Richard Donner for Lethal Weapon 5.
Gibson’s latest movie has just hit Hulu, but he’s not even the star of Boss Level, with reliable action hero Frank Grillo taking center stage in Joe Carnahan’s gonzo time loop actioner. Instead, the former lurks in the background as the malevolent villain, with the latter putting a lifetime of martial arts and boxing training to good use as he barrels his way through a series of inventive set pieces.
Of course, it’s only the first week of March, but a real argument can already be made for Boss Level as one of the best action movies of the year, and as you can tell from the reactions below, it’s going down a storm online.
I don't know if it literally just came out today, or what, but if you like stuff like Groundhog Day, Russian Doll, Happy Death Day(2 u), then check out Boss Level on Hulu.
— Your Vagesty (@little_nikki) March 5, 2021
Boss Level is so good on hulu and it’s giving me big big Dark Matter/Recursion energy…truly engrossing
— put it in reverse terry (@fucksovanna) March 5, 2021
I'm 10 minutes into Boss Level on Hulu and enjoying the hell out of it. A violent, darkly comedic version of Groundhog's Day/ Edge Of Tomorrow starring Frank Grillo.
— Kevin Maguire (@maguirekevin) March 5, 2021
— Brian Stauffer (@thebriansims) March 5, 2021
If you care about Wanda Vision when Boss Level just came to Hulu then you need your cranium checked.
— The Nel Dog (@TheeNelDog) March 5, 2021
My theory as to why Frank Grillo made Boss Level… To dethrone Sean Bean with the most on screen deaths with just 1 movie ?
— 1st Reviews (@1stFilmReviews) March 4, 2021
90. BOSS LEVEL- A hugely entertaining time loop action film from Joe Carnahan & Frank Grillo, bloody and inventive with its tongue placed firmly in cheek. It can get a little too ridiculous, and feels like Mel Gibson wasn’t given as much do do as he could’ve, though. Still fun!
— Geoff (Quiz Show) (@geoff1106) March 5, 2021
Boss Level is the best movie you can watch this weekend
— Clinton Enlow (@ClintonEnlow) March 5, 2021
@kenjeong just watched Boss Level, great stuff.
— RobbODaffer (@RobbODaffer) March 5, 2021
Check out Boss Level on Hulu! https://t.co/Tu8pWLeJJa so good ??❤️
— Carol (@mom4home) March 5, 2021
Gibson seems happy to settle into a Liam Neeson-esque role at this stage in his career, with another three action thrillers in various stages of development in addition to Lethal Weapon 5, and make no doubt about it, Boss Level is very much Frank Grillo’s film. Which is perfectly fine, as the action is more than solid, the premise is a whole lot of fun, and the leading man comfortably carries the whole thing with ass-kicking aplomb.