Point Break (1991)
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Kathryn Bigelow's fourth action film follows FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) as he goes undercover to infiltrate a cache of Southern California surfers suspected of robbing banks. Utah, a former football player, is assigned to Los Angeles. There, four bank robbers, who wear rubber masks and call themselves "Ex-Presidents," have executed a series of successful robberies which embarrassingly have the FBI stumped. Utah, and his partner Pappas (Gary Busey) suspect that the robbers are surfers
Jan 1, 1991 Wide
May 22, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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There's enough high-octane, heart-racing excitement for a dozen movies.
A lot of the snap comes, surprisingly, from Mr. Reeves, who displays considerable discipline and range. He moves easily between the buttoned-down demeanor that suits a police procedural story and the loose-jointed manner of his comic roles.
Bigelow can't keep the film from drowning in a sea of surf-speak. But without her, Point Break would be no more than an excuse to ogle pretty boys in wet suits.
Did a dry California wind scramble the script as they moved into the third act? Did the tape recorder go on the blitz at the story conferences? Was there a fire in the editing room?
This is a very macho movie, and if the better film schools are looking for a contemporary film that very keenly exemplifies the marriage of sound and shoot, this is it.
Point Break is the best movie about cops, robbers, surfing and sky diving that you're likely to see.
Part beach bromance, part cult actioner, part search for meaning, it's an adrenalin-pumping thrill ride with so much macho testosterone that it's hard to imagine many male directors with bigger balls than Kathryn Bigelow.
The essence of movie remains unsullied, and with every viewing comes fresh details and a new appreciation for the film's fearlessness and originality in the midst of all of the cop formula.
Quaint in its depiction of an alternative lifestyle, yet still an above average, really quite vicious action thriller.
Pretty fair action in Swayze-Reeves starrer.
From our first glimpse of a surfer hovering through a cascading wave to the final sky-diving stunt, Kathryn Bigelow's fourth feature keeps offering us new thrills with unapologetic verve.
In terms of Hollywood history, Bigelow's film is the perfect document of its time.
This visually delirious but intellectually underdeveloped thriller-actioner has some wonderfully executed chase scenes, but the characters defy dramatic logic even when played by Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.
There's fun to be had, but there's also a few chapters worth skipping through.
While it can accurately be described as an action film, a heist movie, or even simply a thriller, Point Break is also the first "extreme sports" movie
Audience Reviews for Point Break
- Bodhi: Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.
- Bodhi: You don't trust me?
- Johnny Utah: You gotta earn trust.
- Johnny Utah: I'M FUCKIN' SURFING!
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