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Loaded with dazzling action but bereft of purpose, the Point Break remake will be remembered as the first film to make audiences pine for the simultaneous presences of Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey.
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[A] fantastically pointless remake, stuffed with humourless and self-important machismo.
The storyline is so nonsensical that everything around it becomes a waste of time and effort.
For all the adrenalizing positives in this reworked "Point Break," inadvertent silliness remains.
Point Break soon becomes a mixture of spectacle and discomfort, with striking scenery, eye-catching stunts and awkward performances.
Boldly reimagining Kathryn Bigelow's cult favorite as a movie where absolutely nobody seems to be having any fun, the new Point Break drops the original's Zen-like balance of macho mysticism and camp in favor of dour humorlessness.
A remake that ought not to have been made.
I can't complain, Ericson Core manages to recreate the scenery and action scenes in an excellent way. [Full Review in Spanish]
There are endless amounts of pseudo mystical guff spoken about man versus nature.
Point Break comes across as a string of admittedly amazing action sequences and sports feats with the rest of the film haphazardly built up around it.
Time and again it's close to awful, hamstrung by bad acting, silly dialogue (to be fair, there was a lot of that in the original) and the appalling depiction of women.
... it's actually enjoyable as a stupid movie.
Point Break is a disaster.
Boring and with very uninteresting characters. Rather rewatch the original.
I've never actually seen the original Point Break. I have no idea why, honestly. I've seen bits and pieces of it on TV, but not nearly enough of it to get an actual sense of whether it was good or not. I've always wanted to, I've just never found it anywhere. I'm sure I could get the DVD for cheap on Amazon or Ebay, but it's not a movie I feel I have to own. Anyway, part of me thought that Point Break remake is better than no Point Break. Mind you that this was before I actually saw the damn movie. Now, no Point Break is better than remake Point Break. I don't even know where to actually begin with this movie. I've complained that the Transformers movies have terrible narratives. That fact isn't unchanged. But, while the Transformers have overblown and overstuffed with nonsensical narratives, at least they attempt to have some semblance of reason for why what's going on is going on. I'm going somewhere with this, of course, and that is to point out the fact that the story in this movie is even less than I could have possibly expected. I honestly wasn't really even expecting that much to begin with. So for it to be less than even I expected is quite the accomplishment. And I'm not even sure that's an accomplishment one should really be proud of. I'm sure there's gotta be some really pointless and unjustifiable remakes out there, but this one has to be in the top 5 of completely unnecessary remakes. It literally adds nothing new or that is different enough to justify its own existence. Yes, it updates some elements to where it's now a gang of guy who do extreme sports. Like wingsuiting, rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing insane waves, motorbike, etc, etc, etc. And this film is really a highlight for that. This is really an extreme sports movie with some segments that attempt to be story. Remember that Metallica concert movie that came out a couple of years ago. Of course you don't, nobody fucking saw it. Not even me and Metallica was the first band I ever loved. Anyway they did a concert movie where, after each song or several songs, there was an actual story of a fan, played Dane Dehaan, trying to get to the concert. It had no dialogue, but they told a story. Well imagine that, except they did the same with the sports segments of the film. This is an extreme sports movie with a small narrative sprinkled in there. It is the absolute fucking worst. There's some good sequences here and there, but none of them are actually related to the story. The whole wingsuit scene, while longer than it actually needed to be, was actually fairly exciting stuff. It did get over the type of exhilaration that doing that would actually be. Of course I would never do it, but they do a good job at letting you live vicariously through these characters. And that's another thing, the characters have no real personalities to speak off. I will say that Luke Bracey, who plays Johnny Utah (talk about a stupid fucking name, even for an extreme sports athlete), might have been one of the most wooden actors I've seen in a long time. He might actually be good, but there's only one reason he was cast in this movie and that is because he's a pretty boy. That's the only reason he was cast, let's be honest. Don't fool yourselves, because I'm sure he wasn't the best option available. And, honestly, Luke just doesn't cut it as a leading man. Especially when someone he was close to (IE: that's this film's definition of had sex with once and barely interacted with) someone dies. He doesn't know how to sell the fact that loss. And he swears that he'll bring the leader of the gang in to face justice. So when Utah meets up with Bodhi, the leader, almost a year and a half later to bring him in, what does Utah do? Have on last bro moment with Bodhi and let him go. Yes, really. To set a trap, Bodhi had someone else go in his place, a woman, who then died when she attacked Utah and he defended himself. A woman that Utah, apparently, loved. He goes on this quest to avenge her and bring this criminal to justice. And he just lets him go. What?!?!??! Talk about unsatisfying and flat. It was terrible. Utah waited for over a year and a half for Bodhi to pop up again, he was going after this big ass wave to complete an ordeal that he didn't get to finish the first time, due to saving Utah, and he just lets him GO. Bodhi dies, there's a giant storm going on at the same time, but still. Talk about stupid. Way to end your shitty story. And Utah being let into the gang is also really fucking stupid. Bodhi and his guys knew that this guy was FBI, but Bodhi wanted to change Utah. Really, that's his reason for letting the guy in. He was putting his entire gang in danger, he's exposing them all to prison time and maybe even worse. And he does this because he felt he could change the FBI agent? Holy fucking shit. This movie is a fucking disaster on every conceivable level. There was nothing about it I liked whatsoever. Well, the wingsuit scene was cool, but that doesn't add anything to the movie. And I do love me some Teresa Palmer. But her role was so small and inconsequential that she didn't get to make any actual impact. The wingsuit scene doesn't save this from being an absolutely awful movie. I don't know who out there would enjoy this movie, but I'm sure there's someone out there. I don't want you to explain why you like it to me, but I just can't understand how someone would actually like this. Terrible movie, please don't watch under any circumstances.
All flash no substance.
So back in 1991 there was a relatively small-ish action flick with a smaller than average budget that took cinema audiences by storm (no pun intended). Whilst the film was never a genuine masterpiece, it was undeniably fun with great characters, great action and the odd moment of uniqueness/originality, it struck a cord with adult males of the time. As with everything these days Hollywood thought it wise to remake this now cult action thriller, remake it [b]bigger![/b], bigger stunts, bigger action, bigger greenscreen and CGI, what could go wrong?
The original premise of this movie saw a small team of young men robbing banks in their unique manner, wearing grotesque rubber masks of ex-American Presidents, and generally acting like fools or clowns. They only steal cash and never hit the vaults, in and out within 90 seconds. They would then use this money to travel from place to place, riding the waves, season to season, the unique hook being the men were all surfers. Each of them were adrenaline junkies that never really bulked at a challenge, they all lived life in the fast lane. Their leader Bodhi, was no different essentially, accept he was more philosophical about it, more spiritual and believed in the human spirit over the daily grind, 'the man', a bit of a hippy dare I say. Enter Johnny Utah, a young straight laced FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate the surfing world, to try and weed out the ex-Presidents gang. Does Utah succumb to Bodhi's life of criminal enlightenment? will he fall under his spell? Yeah it all sounds terrible doesn't it, a bunch of surfers that rob banks so they can surf some more, well for this remake they take everything but merely amp it up to eleven.
So that's the plot, well its the plot of the original movie but this remake is virtually the same so, two birds with one stone. Right first off this movie starts out of a ridiculous note, unsurprisingly. These modern age CGI fuelled remakes do not surprise me anymore with their constant lack of coherent structure. Point in case the opening (CGI) stunt, Utah and his mate are zooming across the top of a rocky, desert ridgeline (Caineville, Utah) on motorcross bikes. They both fly towards the edge of a massive cliff that drops away hundreds of feet into a canyon, on the other side is a singular rock structure not connected to anything, its a lone rock surface standing tall in the rocky terrain. Utah makes the jump on his bike, from cliff to cliff and stops just short of the opposite edge, his mate doesn't and falls, but who cares. My point here being, its completely insane, over the top and fake (presumably?), why do we need that? why do we need to see such a stupid stunt? just to prove this character is cool? Its just being big for the sake of being big, its typical of modern movies.
Moving onto the characters, oh boy! OK so to look at this Johnny Utah I can see what they were trying to do here, the guy in question (Luke Bracey) does look a bit like Reeves did in the original movie with the hair, and he does seem just as wooden as Reeves did too (although I'm sure that wasn't done on purpose by the actor). Then he takes off his shirt, yikes! like...what in Belushi's balls has he got all over himself?? The man is covered in random, rather lame looking tribal tattoos, plus he has something across his chest, no clue, the silhouette of a mountain range?? Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a solid piece of art on ya body, I myself have lots of work, but this looks awful and it just seems like another pathetic attempt to appeal to the teen crowd. But wait! oh yeah...they're all covered in tattoos because...modern age hipster style, amazed they weren't all wearing skinny jeans. Yep, all the main characters are covered in shitty looking tattoos and they all (and I mean [b]all[/b]) have beards, what the literal fuck! To cement the fact these guys are all roided up, uber tanned and covered in oh so cool ink work, the director kindly provides us with a topless, man on man, sweaty, hairy, illegal street fight scene just to prove there is no possibility these guys are soft, and there is definitely no homosexuality going on...or is there?
I guess one alteration that pissed me off here was the goal of Bodhi and co, they don't have one. In the original film they use the money to travel around and surf, selfish but hey, it worked. They weren't particularly ultra evil of anything (accept for Rosey), just bad, they robber but didn't kill, Bodhi made sure of that as he had a spiritual, fair personality. In this film they are kinda the same but it gets lost fast toward the finale when they have a big shoot out and kill loads of cops. There goal is also very vague frankly, they supposedly use the money for their extreme sports actions, but at the same time we also see them giving their loot away to poor people, they actually end their raids by setting the money free so to speak. So how do they afford what they do?? Also some of the raids they take on are so flippin' technical and dangerous, you'd think they were a team of fecking Navy SEALs or SAS! are these guys just robbers or secret agents? But yeah, essentially the main goal here is for these guys to complete some mysterious extreme sports trial which sees you completing 8 extreme sports feats in different areas. So you have a water based trial, an air based, earth based...you see where they are going with this. Apparently they do this for balance, they think the 8 trials are a gift from the Earth, they are going to give back to the Earth through these trials, give back what was taken, to balance everything out. So in the air they steal money from a plane and skydive to escape, they stop some trucks loaded with gold from a mine and use dirt bikes to escape etc...But then there are some trials they do just because its fun? like the free rock climbing and surfing etc...whatever.
Most of the stunts we see are genuine and very impressive there is no doubting that. The film was shot on location around the world and it is stunning, although it feels more like a tourist video for people interested in doing extreme sports on their holiday. Nevertheless there are scenes that take your breath away such as the free rock climbing which always makes my palms sweat with vertigo fear. The surfing is vivid and in your face with beautiful bright greeny blue seas set against perfect weather conditions (and tight ass shots), although surfing takes a back seat here, its a one scene deal. The wingsuit sequence is most definitely an extreme sports award winner if this were an extreme sports competition, or generally, and the snowboarding, while it looks pointless to me, is impressive to watch. There are also some amazing intro shots of various locations such as mountains in Switzerland, waterfalls (Angel Falls) in Venezuela etc...
Look don't get me wrong, what you see here is impressive stunt wise, kudos to all involved. The problem is that's all this film is about, its literately sequences of extreme sports with an action film plot fitted in around them. You jump from location to location in a heartbeat, one minute they are up in the air, the next they're on bikes, then they're up a mountain...holy BMX! The sequence where they attack a group of trucks leaving a mine is awful! Firstly they are attacking innocent workers, secondly what's the bloody point of this? and thirdly, they trigger a bloody avalanche to destroy the trucks! (a CGI avalanche which they outrun on their bikes...ugh!). If it wasn't for Utah all those truck drivers would have been killed, how does that fit into Bodhi's peaceful hippy ideology? Then at the end they have to rob this bank...which just so happens to be at the top of a mountain with only one route up and down, because of course.
In short this is completely as you would expect (for someone of the right age that is, 30 years plus). Its big, real big, big mammoth balls big...and glossy, don't forget glossy. Everyone has a beard and tattoos, the stunts are so over the top you wonder why these robbers aren't famous sports stars, plus they all act like they're in some sort of weird-ass cult. There are moments of horrendous greenscreen, I mean really obvious greenscreen, the cable car sequence felt more like an old [i]Bond[/i] movie, whilst the finale at sea was laughable. The plot is muddled and unsure what route it wants to take, scenes of near death are just inane (Utah running across railway tracks almost getting slammed by an oncoming train which he apparently didn't see or hear), and they actually copy the classic moment from the original where Reeves fires his gun into the air, screaming with frustration and rage (no surprise, it fails to live up to the original there). This film has no purpose or reason to exist, its another dire remake straight from the Hollywood remake factory, and it sucks, plain and simple. If you want to see a movie called 'Point Break' (maybe too young to know any better?) then I highly suggest you stick to (look up) the 1991, Kathryn Bigelow original. On the other hand if you like extreme sports...and that's it, then sure, knock yourself out with this.
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