Point Break fans slam new reboot trailer

27 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Point Break’ remake gets first trailer: watch.

This isn’t your parents’ Point Break. The poster for Ericson Core’s Point Break remake hit a few days ago, looking like a ripoff of Furious 7, which is fitting, since The Fast and The Furious began as basically a Point Break ripoff set in the world of car racing.When Kathryn Bigelow’s action thrill ride Point Break premiered in 1991, it promised audiences “100% pure adrenaline.” We haven’t done any hard research on this, but we’re pretty sure that nobody accused her of false advertising. The first trailer for Warner Bros.’ remake of the 1991 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze classic looks 100 percent serious with wilder extreme sports for the gang and far fewer rubber president masks than Kathryn Bigelow’s original feature. But in the 24 years that followed, her unapologetically cheesy film – about a cop named Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) who goes undercover with a gang of extreme sports bank robbers – has led to a string of imitators, one of which is now one of the most popular action movie franchises in history.

This Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. release will be the second would-be remake of Point Break since the original Kathryn Bigelow film was released in July of 1991. The whole thing is sort of a mess of accents, with an Australian playing Johnny Utah, a Venezuelan playing Bodhi, and an Englishman (Ray Winstone) playing Angelo Pappas (“Utah! The basic plot details sound familiar enough: Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is a young FBI agent tasked with infiltrating a group of thrill seekers, led by Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez), whom the feds suspect are pulling off crazy crimes. “Crazy” like taking a Walter White-like block of money from a plane, only to break the bands and make it rain on a third-world village. With this remake, we get complex skydiving robberies, rock climbing, wingsuit BASE jumping, snowboarding and I think there’s some surfing in there just for old time’s sake. Also, here the robberies are much, much bigger, yet the extreme-athlete robbers are more Merry Men, liberating cash and gold for the people, with Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez in the Patrick Swayze role) their Robin Hood.

Point Break is directed by Ericson Core, based off Kurt Wimmer’s script, and is scheduled for a limited release on Dec. 25, 2015, before a wide release. Luke Bracey plays the part of Johnny Utah (originally Keanu Reeves), an FBI agent who infiltrates the gang, Ray Winstone is his boss, taking over for Gary Busey, and Teresa Palmer is the new Lori Petty, Clemens Schick the new James Legros and Matias Varela is the new Grommet, originally played by Bojesse Christopher. The trailer begins with the quote, “‘There are some who do not fear death, for they are more afraid of not really living,’ -Ancient Proverb.” It seems pretty ballsy to call something you thought up watching Braveheart stoned an “ancient proverb.” Then there’s some skydivin’ and some XXXTREME snowboarding, intercut with Luke Bracey’s solemn testimony before an FBI panel. Now this part deserves to be transcribed in its original glory: “I believe that, like me, the people behind these robberies are extreme athletes, using their skills to disrupt the international financial markets. …And they don’t care who gets killed in the process.” You have to hand it to them, that’s a pretty beautiful speech. “Gentleman, you may have noticed my sick knuckle tats.

And said Vin Diesel/Paul Walker/Michelle Rodriguez/Jordanna Brewster action drama is now a seven films (and counting) franchise whose last entry is THIS close to earning $1.5 billion worldwide. I’d like to think I have special insight into this unique case, and with your permission I would like to take to the streets, the sky, the waves, the crevasses and the caves to shred the gnar, do hot babes, and save America from terrorism.” (*air guitar, opens squirrel suit*)

The irony is that there is a case to be made that the original Point Break‘s story, in a broad sense, works as a kind of cultural template worth revisiting from time-to-time. I’d love to take this opportunity, though, to recommend an actually great movie for those interested in extreme sport stuff like what you see in the trailer. Each film had the same general premise (aliens spring from pods and take over the bodies of those around us), but each changed the locale and the social/political meaning to match with the issues of the day. The second film was (simplistically speaking) a look at the post-Watergate/post-Vietnam paranoia, while the third (titled merely Body Snatchers) took place on a US army base, where like-minded and like-acting pod people blended right in. The fourth (The Invasion), an infamous Nicole Kidman/Daniel Craig box office miss (following oodles of post-production tinkering), posited that a world populated by emotionless pod people would be more peaceful than one populated by normal Earthlings.

The outline exists for yet another archetypical journey of a man in authority who falls in with the free-spirited criminals he is supposed to be catching and eventually joins their world, if only in a spiritual sense. I’m not saying that studios choosing to remake a 25-year old action picture that already had an unofficial remake does not scream of the kind of lazy and frightened decision making that currently grips the industry. Absent context, the action sequences do look impressive and there is something to be said for what looks to be a feature-length sizzle reel of eye-popping stuntwork. But, unfortunately, I could have said the same thing about the recent remakes of (for example) Robocop or A Nightmare On Elm Street, both of which were bogged down by arbitrary digressions based in source fidelity. That’s the difference between remaking a movie as a star vehicle inside a shell that few care about in terms of source fidelity (The Thomas Crown Affair) versus remaking a movie solely because everyone has memorized the old film (Total Recall).

Per Warner Bros.: Renowned extreme athletes performing stunts in the film include surfers Laird Hamilton, Sebastian Zietz, Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Brian Keaulana, Ahanu Tson-dru, Ian Walsh, Laurie Towner, Dylan Longbottom, Albee Layer, Bruce Irons, Tikanui Smith and Tuhiti Humani; snowboarders Xavier De Le Rue, Louis Vito, Christian Haller, Lucas DeBari and Ralph Backstrom; skateboarders Bob Burnquist and Eric Koston; motorcyclists Riley Harper and Oakley Lehman; wingsuit stunt pilots Jon Devore, Julian Boulle, Noah Bahnson, Jhonathan Florez and Mike Swanson, and consultant Jeb Corliss; and free climber Chris Sharma, among others.

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