Point Break

When the original POINT BREAK released in 1991 I was nineteen and madly in love with Keanu Reeves, I still have an autographed photo of him from the movie. It was a spiritual action movie that was at times ridiculous but was embraced as a cultural great of nineties movies, Johnny Utah and Bodhi are basically household known names and the action was incredible for the time, as Australians we even forgave that ridiculous faux Bells Beach ending with the worst Australian accent on film. POINT BREAK is still one of my favourite movies of all time. So when it was announced they were remaking/ reimagining the story the words that screamed from my mind were “WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY,” and after seeing POINT BREAK 2.0 all my mind screams is “WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY.” This atrocity is out now from our friends at Roadshow Films, it runs for 113mins and is rated M. 

 

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Point Break | Salty Popcorn Movie Review | Movie Poster Image

 

BY JASON KING

POINT BREAK 2.0 is a Red Bull TV show of endless action and extreme sports, and do not get me wrong in anyway, the stunts, extreme sports and visuals of this film are epic, it looks amazing but they had all of these endless action sequences and thought “how do we make this into a movie?” and some bean counter thought – “I know, let’s just drop the script from the original Point Break into it and see what happens.”

And then we end up with this freaking lazy cash-grabbing mess of a movie that looks spectacular. I still cannot get the words out of my head of WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY!!! The opportunity for this movie was squandered in pure laziness and a race to completion to no doubt make the holiday audience.

They have upped the ante in this one, it is no longer limited to the West Coast of the U.S. as they are now globetrotting criminals who also have upped the ante on the spiritual side of the story, embracing the challenges known as the Ozaki Eight, eight challenges that are the pinnacle of extreme sport spiritualism, aimed at pushing one to the limits of possible death while at the same time giving back to the world, Ozaki himself did simple things like planting a tree, these crims have decided that extreme sport robbery would be better. The gaping issue with this is that the giving back part seems to fall to the wayside as the movie progresses, because we wouldn’t want them to get in the way of the action!

 

Point Break Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) Image
Point Break | Salty Popcorn Movie Review | Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) Image

 

The opportunity for this movie leaves me incredulous, why relate the film to POINT BREAK at all? Why could the film not be called THE OZAKI EIGHT and then embrace that, give the film its own characters as opposed to stealing from the original and then upping the extreme sports more and developing the ideas and characters behind Ozaki and his eight. It was trying to remake a not so old movie and make a new movie in one, it failed to realise what made the original film great by just filling scenes with high end action and useless characters. What was the point of Angelo Pappas (Ray Winstone) in this movie? He just became this background handler with a one dimensional character completely missing the point of a crazed Gary Busey! Delroy Lindo even appeared uncomfortable in his character as Utah’s FBI boss.

 

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Point Break | Salty Popcorn Movie Review | Wingsuit Flying Image

 

I did like Luke Bracey in the movie and would have loved to have seen him in a character not known as Johnny Utah. Now my like for Luke Bracey may have also had something to do with him, those tats, and scenes with his shirt off, so at least we can all embrace the eye candy. Edgar Ramirez’s Bodhi was a pebble under the foot of Swayze’s passionate performance, Ramirez just seemed to read Swayze’s lines in some scenes with no belief or passion in them, the saddest part is Ramirez is a great actor!

I did quite enjoy Teresa Palmer’s spiritual hippy Samsara character but it is never really developed and eventually she just fades into the background, she is also an appalling representation of the only female in the movie.

Then there is the chemistry between Johnny Utah and the Robin Hood-esque rogues, it is completely void of anything, it is bland and boring and mostly unbelievable, besides the annoying one guy who is adamant Utah should not be trusted, he says it so many times I wanted to punch his over-performance but then just stops and apparently all is sweet until the laughable moment Utah pulls his gun and announces he is FBI.

 

Point Break Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) and Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) Image
Point Break | Salty Popcorn Movie Review | Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) and Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) Image

 

The greatest giveaway for me that this movie was an insulting poop dropped into the porcelain bowl of the awesome original was the fact I laughed most of the way through it, but the film is not a comedy and I was not laughing with it. Ericsson Core’s years of being a Director of Photography has stayed with him, the film is a stunning visual feast with superb dramatic colorisation in post production but where he fails dismally is in his ability to direct a film beyond the visual, something that Kathryn Bigelow destroys him with.

Appalling film that requires me to catch the original again to restore my faith in Utah and Bodhi. See this for the extreme stunts and Bracey shirtless :).

“See you in hell Johnny.”

 

1 and a Half Pops

 

 

Jason King is the owner and editor of Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been in the Australian movie industry for 25yrs. He loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. All the social media links to the right and up will allow you to abuse, troll or stalk him :).