Point Break

Film , Thrillers
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Point Break

Undercover FBI agent Reeves strips for action and gets into some serious male bonding when he infiltrates the Californian surfing fraternity in search of a gang of bank robbers who call themselves the Ex-Presidents. During the course of the investigation, however, Reeves is seduced by 'spiritual' surfer Swayze's cosmic talk about one-ness with the sea, and becomes addicted to the adrenalin rush of life on the edge. Despite this theme of Faustian redemption, the distinction between good and evil is far from black and white, Swayze's reckless craving for danger filling an elemental void in Reeves' hollow soul. There are times when the dialogue is a shade comic, others when the brilliantly staged action set pieces become almost abstract. Plausibility, though, has never been director Bigelow's strong suit, and there's precious little to be found here. Even so, there's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies.

Release details

Duration: 122 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Screenwriter: Peter Iliff
Cast: Gary Busey
Keanu Reeves
James Le Gros
Patrick Swayze
John Philbin
Lori Petty
John McGinley

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Anaelle
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Massively overrated.


Why it’s considered one the best film ever made is beyond me. The scrip is so ridiculous, it’s comical. Between bad actions scenes (remember when Swayze throws a dog at Reeves who’s chasing him down?) and completely laughable dialogues (“You crossed the line. People trusted you and they died”), nothing can save the movie. Shall we also talk about the fact there’s only one female character who’s on screen for approximately 5 minutes in total?


Sure some surfing or skydiving scenes are visually stunning, but that doesn’t compensate for a bad storyline and ridiculous plot. Save yourself some time and watch something else.