I’m always rooting for a good British thriller. You rarely get them though – but Level Up looks like it might be decent. Sort of like The Game meets Die Hard With A Vengeance – not as good obviously, but you get the drift.
Matt (Josh Bowman – Revenge), a directionless 20 something and one half of a young couple living in London has an unsuccessful date night with his girlfriend, Anna (Leila Mimmack – TV’s Home Fires), and they go to bed on an argument. The next morning, masked thugs kidnap Anna as she leaves for work before assaulting Matt, locking him into a body vest containing a package and giving him a mobile phone. If Matt wants to see his girlfriend alive again he must follow the instructions being delivered by text message and deliver the package. Over the course of one, high-octane day Matt must make his way across an increasingly strange and sinister London as a host of characters and situations attempt to prevent him from succeeding in his mission to save Anna. All the while, Matt can’t shake the feeling he is being watched, or worse yet, played…
Written and directed by feature film debutante Adam Randall, Level Up is a unique adrenaline ride with an immersive reality gaming twist, led brilliantly byJosh Bowman, and supported by Neil Maskell (High Rise, Kill List, TV’s Utopia), William Houston (Sherlock Holmes) and Doc Brown (David Brent: Life on the Road).