Becky and I went to see the movie Point Break at the Regal Cinema in Lone Tree, CO tonight with our boys Conroy and Corban. The Fandango website at Point Break describes the movie as follows…
“Undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) infiltrates a group of extreme athletes who are using their specialized skills to pull off a series of complex crimes. This action thriller is a remake of the 1991 cult hit of the same name, and features a number of real-life extreme athletes performing the stunts, which include free rock climbing, wingsuit flying, and motocross riding…”
The Review: The original Point Break was a great flick, one of my favorites, so I had high hopes for this new release of the cult classic. I read a few reviews that were not very good, but we wanted to see it anyway. We went to see it and I had mixed emotions about if it would be any good compared to the original. This version was not nearly as good at the original, since it went from a few adrenaline surfers looking for a huge wave and robbing banks to a quest for an environmental corporate retaliation.
The original made the bad guy bank robbers out to be surfers looking for an endless Summer with a surfing break, which is the whole idea of the name point break. This new version is about a quest to do eight different extreme sport challenges to achieve nirvana or reach your breaking point and taking out corporations in the process, as a way of giving back to the Earth. The extreme sports are cool, but there isn’t much substance to the film like the original and they almost make the bad guys out to be good guys, which detracted from the film. Even the FBI agent of Johnny Utah is not officially in the FBI and apparently good at every extreme sport imaginable. It was a bit ridiculous. Contrast that with the original where he had to learn how to surf and Bodie and his girlfriend taught him how.
We still liked it, but it wasn’t really much like the original point break, so don’t expect to see anything close to the original other than the names of the characters. It still thought it was Worth The Trip as a stand alone film because of the cinematography and extreme sports element.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
Conroy – *** Worth The Trip
Corban – *** Worth The Trip
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