‘Point Break’: The everlasting appeal of Zen garbage

27 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Looks like the Point Break remake has more action, but less laughs than the original.

The original film starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze has been hailed as a cult classic, and even referenced in more than a few films like Hot Fuzz. The first trailer for the upcoming Point Break remake highlights the new twist on the 1991 film, which stars Luke Bracey as FBI Agent Johnny Utah (played by Keanu Reeves in the original film) and Edgar Ramirez as Bodhi (Patrick Swayze in the original). “Like me, the people behind these robberies are extreme athletes,” Utah says in the trailer, as he describes a group of criminals led by Bodhi. To stop them, he must become one of them. “I’ve never worked so hard on anything in my life as for the preparation and filming of this movie,” Bracey told The Hollywood Reporter last August, in the midst of the shoot. “I am giving it everything I’ve got.

It was helmed by serious talent Kathryn Bigelow, who would become the first female director to win an Academy Award (for “The Hurt Locker,” in 2008). On first glance, the remake appears to have lost something of the original’s silliness, giving the death-defying proceedings a cold blue sheen that makes the movie look like a version of Twilight on motorbikes. Australian cutie steps into Keanu’s shoes as the rookie agent who cozies up to Bodhi’s gang, with Édgar Ramírez taking on the equally iconic role of philosopher-criminal mastermind Bodhi. Meanwhile, what was just a bunch of surfers who carried out their heists wearing U.S. president masks has been turned into a high-tech outfit with bigger weapons and a penchant for all manner of extreme sports.

While we’re yet to see Johnny Utah — played by Australian Luke Bracey — fire his gun at the sky while screaming, he does get to deliver lines like “I believe that like me, these people are extreme athletes, using their skills to disrupt the international financial markets.” The best quip of the trailer goes to charismatic gang leader Bodhi, though, who in response to being asked how many laws he’s broken, gets to say “the only law that matters is gravity” while falling backwards off a waterfall. Plot: Reeves is Johnny Utah, a curiously named FBI agent who must go undercover as a surfer to infiltrate a gang of surfer-bankrobbers led by Swayze, a.k.a. Don’t even worry about it, because now you can just come back with, ” uses one, so back off.” (That’s not guaranteed to work, but it’s better than just standing there and feeling ashamed.) The A-list celeb was spotted strolling the streets of New York City, and aside from his long locks pulled back into a baseball cap and that extremely bushy beard he’s got going on, there was one thing we just couldn’t ignore—Leonardo DiCaprio was walking around the Big Apple holding a selfie stick. There’s no telling if Leo was making a video for pals or just snapping a few pictures for the fun of it, because he hasn’t documented any of his glorious captures on any of his social media.

In fact, DiCaprio recently made headlines after he dropped more than $13,000 on a Chanel purse for his leading lady while attending the Heart Fund Gala in Cannes. To those dead souls inching along the freeways in their metal coffins, we show them that the human spirit is still alive.” Would that Al Capone had had such Walt Whitman-like aims. “Point Break” is, more or less, Zen garbage: a movie whose antiheroes swat at transcendence though they are really just thugs.

Even Swayze bought in. “Bodhi was a once-in-a-blue-moon character, the bad guy whom you love because you believe what he believes in — until he believes it too far and breaks the law and kills someone,” Swayze, with wife Lisa Niemi, wrote in a memoir published the year he died of cancer. “I loved Bodhi because I identified with his quest for perfection and the ultimate adrenaline high.” Ah, yes: A quest for perfection — achieved by robbing banks. Only that which has the proper mixture of the exaggerated, the fantastic, the passionate, and the naïve.” “Point Break,” as Zen garbage, has just this magic combination. Reeves is lovably terrible — his infamous line “I am an F-B-I agent!” delivered so poorly that it earned a “Funny or Die” tribute almost two decades later. Spoiler alert: The film ends after Utah jumps out of a plane without a parachute to arrest Bodhi — only to free him so Bodhi can commit a kind of ritual suicide by wave. Then, dramatically, Utah tosses his FBI badge into the surf. “Point Break,” of course, didn’t invent camp — or even Zen garbage, for that matter.

And kicking much a—.” “With the whole 90s surfer-grunge vibe now out, the makers are going to have to work hard to capture much of what made the original so singular: its ocean-centric spirituality,” the Guardian wrote last year. “There were characters called War Child and Little Hands, parties around camp fires, and dawn wave-catching sessions.”

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