Eddie and Rock are looking for Al, their missing mob boss, moving from contact to contact as they try to piece the story of what happened together. Under the instruction of Junior, Al’s son, Eddie and Rock find themselves drawn into a multi-faceted story of deception as they discover that there are powerplays taking place in their criminal underworld.
Through a series of flashbacks, we find that things don’t appear to have gone well for the boss. His right-hand man, Chester, was the only witness and seems to have reasons of his own for lying. When his usefulness come to a dead end, Eddie and Rock are led to Lexi, the escort, much to the chagrin of Junior, who is hiding secrets of his own.
Junior, being young and impressionable, is clearly out of his depth and, seduced by Lexi, is in more trouble than you can shake a stick at. With tall tales of escaping a meeting with a biker gang called ‘The Horde,’ it looks like Junior and Lexi have been trying to secure their futures in the event of a takeover.
As the truth slowly comes out, Eddie realises that there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Rock, on the other hand, has a far better idea. With the boss out of the way, it’s a perfect time to take control of the underworld.
The film slowly reaches a climax that sees Eddie placed in an awkward position, far too many people dead and another couple of twists at the end that makes for quite a satisfying denouement.
The Level is definitely worth a watch as it really does keep you guessing. It may not be in the same league as Reservoir Dogs or The Usual Suspects (despite what the DVD cover may tell you), but it’s still a gripping and thoroughly enjoyable film that is only occasionally let down by bad dialogue and questionable acting.
Sadly, the disc doesn’t appear to include any extras.
The Level is out now and available from the Den Of Geek Store.