Last week at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, Collider partnered up with Frank Grillo, director Joe Carnahan, and ArcLight Cinemas for an advance screening of the upcoming sci-fi action thriller Boss Level. The film stars Grillo as a retired special forces soldier that gets stuck in a time loop on the day of his death. As he keeps repeating the day, he’s forced to battle various assassins while also trying to figure out what’s going on. The film also stars Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Michelle Yeoh, Annabelle Wallis, Ken Jeong and former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. You can read a lot of positive reactions to the film here.
After the screening ended, Carnahan and Grillo joined me for an in-depth, spoiler-free Q&A that didn’t pull any punches. The thing to know about both Grillo and Carnahan is they will always speak their minds. If they had issues with the people that financed their movie, they call them out. If they get screwed right before filming began, they’ll share what happened and what they did to solve their problems. In an industry where everyone is extremely careful about saying something that could rock the boat, talking to Grillo and Carnahan is incredibly refreshing.
As you’ll see in the Q&A, Grillo and Carnahan share a ton of stories about the making of Boss Level that will surprise you. For example, right before filming was set to begin, they had their schedule cut from forty-three days to just twenty-seven days and if they didn’t find a way to make it work, the crew would all be fired. In addition, Grillo shares a great story about how Mel Gibson dislocated his jaw in their fight scene even after he warned him to be careful, what they did to adjust the script to their new budget, the science behind the plot, casting Rob Gronkowski, and so much more. In addition, towards the end of the Q&A, they gave some updates on what’s up with The Raid remake, their next project with Gibson, Leo from Toledo, future WarParty (their production company) projects, and more.
Trust me, if you’re a fan of Grillo and Carnahan, or just want to watch a great Q&A, check this one out.
Check out what they had to say in the player above, and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.
Frank Grillo and Joe Carnahan:
Here’s the official synopsis for Boss Level:
Trapped in a time loop that constantly repeats the day of his murder, former special forces agent Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo) uncovers clues about a secret government project that could unlock the mystery behind his untimely death. In a race against the clock, Pulver must hunt down Colonel Ventor (Mel Gibson), the powerful head of the government program, while outrunning skilled ruthless assassins determined to keep him from the truth in order to break out of the loop, save his family and live once again for tomorrow.