Review by Lauryn Angel
I’ve never seen Katheryn Bigelow’s 1991 Point Break starring Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah and Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, but familiarity with the original film isn’t really necessary in order for me to assure you that Ericson Core’s remake of the film is, well, pointless.
Extreme sports celebrity Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) enters the F.B.I. academy after a poorly-executed stunt leads to a friend’s death. Utah’s experience with extreme sports make him the perfect operative to investigate a series of crimes perpetrated by thieves whose getaways utilize extreme sports skills. Utah theorizes that this group is attempting to accomplish the Ozaki Eight – a set of seemingly impossible tasks that will lead to enlightenment. His investigation leads him to the enigmatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez), who attempts to teach Utah that extreme sports is not about thrills or adrenaline rushes, but about honoring Mother Nature.
The strong point of the film is the cinematography. The Ozaki Eight takes Bodhi and Utah to some beautiful locations to perform spectacular stunts. The action scenes – whether it be climbing or a motorcycle chase – are very well done. Unfortunately, a movie needs more than just eye candy, and that’s where the movie really falls apart. Bodhi preaches about finding a deeper meaning to life and respecting nature, and balancing what he takes from Mother Nature by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Bodhi doesn’t really explain what robbing banks has to do with nature, though, and he seems to have no problem with his actions causing the deaths of others. Bodhi and Utah are the most developed characters, leaving everyone else to simply fulfill cliché roles: Samsara (Teresa Palmer), the love interest; Roach (Clemens Schick), the displaced second-in-command who doubts Utah’s loyalty; and Pappas (Ray Winstone), Utah’s tough-love mentor. Point Break isn’t even laughably bad, as it takes itself far too seriously.
Available in stores on Tuesday, March 29.
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