Thursday, September 1, 2016

Review: Point Break

The 2015 Point Break is directed by Ericson Core and stars Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winstone, and Teresa Palmer. For the uninitiated this film is a remake of the 1980's classic starring Keanu Reaves and Patrick Swayze.
In this film, the thrill seeking Bodhi, played by Edgar Ramirez, along with his fellow adrenaline junkie friends steals money and valuables to be able to give to the poor. As in the original, Johnny Utah is an FBI agent who feels as though he can use his abilities as an extreme athlete to infiltrate Bodhi’s crew. The FBI soon begins to question Johnny Utah’s loyalty to the law, and even he must step back and think about what really matters to him.
The biggest problem that contributes to Point Break’s failure is that it takes itself way more seriously than it needs to. One thing that I really liked however, is that the stunt work is actually really  impressive. Just like any remake, there are some callbacks to the original. Here we see the thieves once again robbing a place with some updated Presidential masks (Obama and George W. Bush instead of Reagan and Nixon) . They also recreate the scene where Utah fires his gun into the air in frustration over not being able to bring himself to shoot Bodhi. Overall, Point Break brings nothing new or essential to the table but it does make for an enjoyable film to watch.