Oh Hollywood… always cursing us with your rubbish remakes of classic movies that somehow end up spoiling original source material. Thankfully, this is not one of days where I’m going to be reviewing a terrible Hollywood reboot of some beloved franchise or stand alone film. Today I’m going to be reviewing the original Point Break. Point Break is the poster child of the 90s action movie. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this movie is about an undercover sting operation to catch a group of bank robbers who may or may not be surfers. Yes, you read that correctly. Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) teams up with FBI agent Angelo Pappas (Gary Busey) to disguise himself as an amateur surfer so that he can catch the bank-robbers/ surfers and prevent them from robbing any more banks in Southern California.
If you want my straight up opinion about this movie, I didn’t like it. I have a lot of friends and family who do, but I am not in that boat. I am not a fan of this movie, primarily because it commits the three unforgivable sins when it comes to filming its action; quick cuts, shaky cams and excess close-ups. This is a pathetic ploy played by many directors in Hollywood to show action that isn’t actually action. These techniques give us viewers a false sense of action, by covering up genuine stunt work and effort to make us perceive that we are viewing live action on screen. There also wasn’t all that action in this movie. Much less than what I had expected. A lot of this movie is spent near the beach, where we are put through hell watching Keanu Reeves attempting to surf whilst doing a poor job being an FBI agent. It also didn’t help that others characters continuously blabber on about their “emotional connections” to the ocean and how they discovered their purpose in life when they surfed. Seriously? This movie was bland enough without enough action. The fact that we were made to put through with this nonsense was cynical.
I was completely not interested from the action sequences that were shown on screen because they didn’t feel important. I predicted that the robbers were going to get away with their first few robberies, otherwise the movie would be over in a jiffy. Most of the action sequences were generic chases through neighborhoods and robberies in banks, both of which I have seen done better before. I also have to comment on the fact that this movie has the most obvious shoehorned in love interest. The writers weren’t trying to flesh out this element in any way; it was just added as a desperate final attempt to introduce suspense in the final 20 minutes of the movie.
The only props I can give Point Break is that it embodies all the tropes of a 90s action movie; mullets, overuse of the word “squat” and young Keanu Reeves. I can also appreciate this film for really going for it in terms of its over the top dialogue and ridiculous premise, where 2 FBI agents are attempting to catch robbers who may be surfers. However, the execution was just not there. The action is sub-par with its quick cuts and close ups. The characters felt one dimensional and there was a lot of unnecessary blabber about the ocean and surfing that added up to nothing in the end. I am definitely in the minority when I say I didn’t like this movie one bit.