If there’s one film that doesn’t need to be re-made, Point Break is it. Focusing on young undercover cop Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves best role) infiltrating a group of surfing bank robbers, lead by the spiritual Bohdi (sex symbol Patrick Swayze), the original film was a rollicking crime adventure full of exciting set pieces, a terrific support cast and dynamic directing from Kathryn Bigelow. This new version looks, well, kind of average.
Cinematographer turned director Ericson Core (Invincible) takes the helm of this one, with Hollywood up and comer Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty, The Counselor and Che: Part One) in the Swayze role and relative newbie Luke Bracey hoping to pull off his best Reeves impersonation. If these names are uninspiring, at least the support cast (that includes Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone, and Delroy Lindo) provides some established acting talent.
The film loosely sticks to the originals plot, although there’s a much darker tone to this version. Check out the full synopsis below.
In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller “Point Break,” a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes. The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.
While I’m not convinced, I’m sure I’ll still be lining up for a ticket once this one hits cinemas this December.