Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley, James Le Gros, John Philbin, Bojesse Christopher, Julian Reyes, Daniel Beer, Chris Pedersen, Anthony Kiedis
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Age Rating: 15/R
Running Time: 122 Minutes
Following a random 3 for £20 Blu-Ray purchase at my local HMV, we sat down on Saturday night to appreciate an absolute classic that I had shamefully never witnessed!
Brought to us by THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY director Kathryn Bigelow, POINT BREAK tells the story of newly appointed FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) investigating the case of a group of armed bank robbers known as “The Ex-Presidents” who his partner happens to believe are a close nit group of surfers who use the money to ride the waves and live their adrenaline-fuelled lives. Going undercover as a rookie surfer, Utah develops relationships with surfers Tyler (Lori Petty) and Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) which just might jeopardise his first major case.
Going into this film, I had only grown up with very few Keanu Reeves films, and as a result, I had never been a major fan of his. However, after seeing this film, along with the more recent JOHN WICK, my opinion is beginning to change. His character, although overly confident at first, is brilliant. He portrays the emotional dilemmas that a lot of agents must at some time encounter in their lives superbly. He is clearly a very dedicated federal agent, but at the same time when you are conversing and bonding with a group of criminals on a daily basis, and gradually understanding their train of thought, a little piece at a time, it must be hard to constantly keep your mind on the job, and that is what we see in POINT BREAK.
Apart from this, it was brilliant to see Patrick Swayze in another role other than DIRTY DANCING or GHOST (as you can see a very 90s child right here), playing the cool, hip, yet absolutely insane surfer who sees stealing peoples’ money as a just way of fighting back against ‘the system’. He and the rest of the supporting cast put in great performances and all are as equally entertaining throughout.
Speaking of entertainment, this action and crime classic is a two hour experience packed with excitement, shock and laughter which, very similarly to THE DARK KNIGHT, weirdly has you laughing with the criminals as they commit their robberies and leaves you asking yourself, why do I like these guys?!
Overall, POINT BREAK is a non-stop, thrilling and intense film which will have you laughing at times, and rooting for both guys at different points. I can now say that I finally understand why Keanu Reeves shoots that gun up in the air, and I leave with a better appreciation of John Wick himself, and also a better education on 90s films, which I unfortunately missed as a child.
One major point I want to leave you with for this film, is that it is a brilliant concept, with a brilliant cast, and in all honesty it is timeless. It still holds up today, considering I am a first-time viewer and I loved it to bits. So… WHY MAKE A REMAKE?! As you can probably tell by now, this continuous pattern we are seeing in the film industry today, is making it very disheartening to realise that Hollywood doesn’t have faith in or respect for originals anymore, or alternatively, that studios are running out of ideas and simply want to provide its loyal audience with ‘quick buck’ remakes and reboots rather than attempting to produce more classics like this which will go on for years to be seen as greats.
“100% Pure Adrenaline.”
Recommendation: A must own for any action and crime junkies out there! Worthy of a Blu-ray and definitely a film that everybody needs to see at some point in their life.