Point Break

Film, Thrillers
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Point Break

It was always a bad idea to remake Katherine Bigelow's 90s action classic – and guess what, the movie's unbearable

Remaking Kathryn Bigelow’s brotastic 1991 surf-cop thriller was always going to be a tough proposition. Still, Ericson Core’s ultra-boring new version colossally misses the mark. (Technically, it misses it by several Swayzes.) 

Keanu Reeves’s original Johnny Utah, the most lovably dopey undercover fed in movies, is now played by charmless slab of beef Luke Bracey. He’s on the tail of spiritually intense thief Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The chemistry between these two is nonexistent – all surly man-hugs instead of a too-close-to-the-flame bromance. Even worse, this ‘Point Break’ skimps on the surfing, widening out to include extreme sports like free climbing or ‘wingsuit flying’ (so utterly ridiculous, I refuse to believe it actually exists). 

The movie’s reliance on CGI during these cliff lunges and high-altitude dives results in a total weightlessness that robs the film of suspense. Only scowling Ray Winstone, playing Utah’s handler, seems aware of the awfulness all around him, but even he fails in comparison to the first film’s turn by crazy Gary Busey. No one gets out of here unscathed.

By: Joshua Rothkopf

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Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday February 5 2016
Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ericson Core
Screenwriter: Kurt Wimmer
Cast: Teresa Palmer
Luke Bracey
Ray Winstone
Edgar Ramirez

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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I absolutely loved the original Point Break and also fell 'droolingly' in love with Keanu Reeves!  This new version just didn't quite do it for me. The best part about the movie was the scenery, just spectacular. It was like a mini world tour of remote areas of pure beauty. The storyline was ok but it all just felt a little stilted.  If you're an adrenaline junkie then it's possibly a worthwhile watch but otherwise I suggest waiting until it comes out on dvd.

Tastemaker

Definitely a decent watch. The surroundings were beautiful, and I quite enjoyed the effects as well - the storyline was nice, even though you could sort of predict what was going to happen! I would recommend.

Tastemaker

I really enjoyed this film, mostly the effects and the visuals. I think the scenery in this film was absolutely breath taking and I would watch it again just for this. The story was also really interesting as it deals with a topic i know next to nothing about. The acting is very good as well, although I would not go as far as to say superb.