What happens when you take yourself too seriously?
Walking into the cinema...
The original is a cult classic. It was fun and did not take itself too seriously.
Can the reboot have the same magic?
Overall Rating: 1.5 stars
Cinematic rating: 1 star
Bigger questions rating: 3 stars
Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break remains a guilty pleasure for many who watched as Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves journeyed on the beaches in the early 90's. Bigelow's edition was fun, cool and did not take itself too seriously. Even with some of the over-the-top writing and acting, it still manages to hold its own within the extreme-sport genre. To reproduce this cinematic magic is like trying to ask lightning to strike in the same place twice.
Over two decades later, new director and cinematographer, Ericson Core (Invincible), takes his troupe of extremists on this globetrotting adventure to some of the most picturesque places in the world to perform their exploits of snowboarding, wing suit flying, motocross and extreme surfing. The new version of Point Break begins with a tragic event which causes Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) to turn away from his life of being an extreme poly-athlete to being an FBI agent. He endures seven years of university, law school and law enforcement training and is trying to find his place within the bureau. The opportunity to utilise his unique skill set in his new profession comes during a briefing about a unique heist that is carried out by some extreme athletes. After studying their patterns, he determines that they are attempting to achieve the Osaki 8, a teaching that includes doing eight extreme ordeals to honour the forces of nature. With this in mind, the young FBI agent tracks down the group and manages to work his way into the inner circle. Through this familiar atmosphere and lifestyle, he comes to the point of needing to determine where his loyalties lie. Does he follow the magnetic leadership of Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez) and his band of merry men or stay true to the world of law enforcement.
From the opening sequence, this instalment of Point Break feels like a documentary about these extreme athletes. It explores the mental, spiritual and physical experiences of this unique athletic community...