The original is one of my all-time favourite action films, focusing on FBI agent Johnny Utah who goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers-cum-surfers, known as the Ex-Presidents (because of the masks they wear). It’s a pile of tosh but there’s chemistry between Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze, plus great support from Gary Busey and John C McGinley, aka Perry in Scrubs. It’s such an iconic movie, too; a boys’ own action adventure… so it’s even more surprising that the director was female – Kathryn Bigelow, who later went on to direct the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, even though I thought it was mostly dull.
But in this age of remakes, occasionally, they’ll try and redo the classic (hell, even Psycho couldn’t escape that treatment!)
For Point Break 2015, the surfers are now extreme sports athletes, but Utah still has to infiltrate Bodhi’s gang, whilst also banging his girlfriend, Tyler (Teresa Palmer).
Still, at least we’ve got big names for this one, right? Well, Utah and Bodhi are played by Luke Bracey (who?) and Édgar Ramírez (who?), while Gary Busey’s role as Angelo Pappas is filled by Ray Winstone, stopping by to pick up the cheque in his lazy years.
This whole thing sounds like a script which was written, failed quality control, and was stuck with the Point Break moniker by studio executives with hot dogs for brains.
Point Break 2015 is released in the US on Christmas Day, but may as well be Point Break 2016 for us as it’s not released until January 8th. And almost all films released during January and February are put there because they’re not good enough for the blockbuster season.
Check out the featurette below, and click on the poster for the full-size image:
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