maandag 15 februari 2016

100 Movie Challenge 2016 - # 22: Point Break (remake)

Director: Ericson Core
Genre: Action
Runtime: 114 minutes
Year: 2015
Starring: Luke Bracey, Édgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer, Matias Varela, Clemens Schick, Ray Winstone

Description: A young FBI agent (Luke Bracey) infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists.

Review: Hollywood has an urge to remake or reboot movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Nothing is sacred anymore. “Point Break” is also the victim. The action film from 1991, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, is seen as a cult classic from the 1990s. The 2015 version has, besides characters with the same names, a similar plot as the original. It adds some new camera and computer techniques, idealism and a soggy love story. This “Point Break” is nothing more than a chain of tough overconfident hipsters doing one impossible stunt after another. A big shell with not a lot in it.
As an excuse for all those daredevils and extreme sports, there is a story. A young traumatized FBI agent infiltrates into a group of ‘Robin Hoods’ who rob banks in the most spectacular ways. In the opening scene we see how Johnny Utah loses his best friend during a motorcycle stunt. When he joins the FBI, they don’t see potential in him. This changes when he sees a pattern in the daring actions led by Bodhi. Utah will have to infiltrate and win Bodhi’s trust.
Okay, the camera work and the stunts are cool. But that’s it. There is really nothing more to this film. The more we get into the film, the more unbelievable it gets. And then there is this unnecessary side plot, a love story. I don’t care about that! Keanu Reeves may not be the best actor in Hollywood, but he has more charisma and talent than Luke Bracey. His performance is bland. The only one that actually does give it his best shot is Ray Winstone, but he is just a supporting character.
“Point Break” is a hopeless remake. Hollywood, please don’t be lazy!

Rating: 1,5/ 5

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