By Mandela Wells
About a year ago, I saw the original “Point Break” from 1991. It’s a film that I considered to be OK, not great, but not terrible. The story wasn’t entirely entertaining and I wasn’t a big fan of Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, though Patrick Swayze did well. However overall, the story and directing were not as captivating as I was expecting. I was not too surprised to hear then that a remake of this was going to happen, I actually felt like it really needed one.
The 2015 “Point Break” improves in some areas but not completely. Ericson Core definitely brings this film a more modern look and cinematography wise, gives some stunning visuals. However, the story isn’t what many had hoped for. It’s unfortunate, but the cast and writing are just not up to par and I was disappointed that the only action film on Christmas Day wasn’t as great as the trailers made it out to be.
Luke Bracey took on the role of Johnny Utah this time, an extreme sports athlete who joins the FBI. Utah manages to figure out who may be responsible for the numerous crimes hitting the financial world market and he notices he and the criminal share the same skills and love for sports and goes undercover to find them. He meets the man in charge, Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez), and becomes a part of his crew. However, the longer he stays with the crew, the more conflicted he becomes with his job of apprehending them and also maintaining a bond with them.
Compared to the one in ‘91, this is more gritty and intense. It even ties up loose ends that weren’t explained in the first film in regards to Johnny Utah as well as other smaller problems from the previous film. There are many more daring stunts from motorbikes to snowboarding but in a way, they relied on that too much to bring excitement to the film.
The editing wasn’t too great and the pace of the movie was just too quick paired. As I said earlier, the cinematography was amazing, with tremendous visuals of mountain scenery and waterfalls paired with beautiful lighting. However, the movie was just not a good story and had poor directing from Core with a terrible conclusion.
Luke Bracey did give a better performance as Johnny Utah than Keanu Reeves did, but he was working with a dreary script that caused the character as a whole to plummet. Edgar Ramirez also gave an amazing adaptation of Bodhi, coming off as a man with a true and believable cause and far exceeding Patrick Swayze’s performance.
Overall, I wouldn’t call this a stellar action flick but certainly there is attention to detail with the stunts and shooting locations while entertaining to a certain extent. Some parts can be interesting at times, but it’s still very clunky. On a five star scale, I would give the film three stars.
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