Remakes are the life and blood of Hollywood because for some reason rehashed stories make way more money than original content.
It is also true that younger generations that haven’t seen films in the 70s would take a chance and watch the remake. A week ago Star Wars was rebooted beautifully, and it’s one of the few reboots which felt necessary. Cut to the first day of the new year, and we have Point Break, a film that seems like the most unnecessary remake of all time.
If you don’t already know, Point Break is the 1991 Keanu Reeves-Gary Busey-Patrick Swayze film by Kathryn Bigelow that wasn’t really well received at first, but became a cult classic of sorts. The film chronicled a young rookie FBI agent assigned on a case where he infiltrated a gang of surfers who robbed banks using their surfing skills. This remake by Ericson Core is pretty much a beat by beat remake of the film, with Luke Bracey as the agent investigating a bunch of extreme sports athletes led by Edgar Ramirez.
The biggest of the many problems in the film is the fact that Point Break was already remade in 2001 as The Fast and the Furious, and is now one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. In that film a rookie cop investigates a street racing gang that moonlights as robbers, so this official remake seems like a remake of the Fast and Furious series, minus all the fun. Even the Extreme Sports scenes don’t really add any entertainment value to the film because they’re reminiscent of another Vin Diesel film called XXX.
The original film, although entertaining had a lot of dumb moments but they seem permissible seeing as the film was made in the 90’s. This remake takes an even further step back in logic, IQ and common sense. The contrived nature of the cop being assigned to the case is one thing, but to incorporate ridiculous stunts that have little to no reason to exist is another.
The love triangle is a cringe inducing addition, especially compared with the homoerotic connection between the hero and the villain in the original. This film therefore plays out like a fun GoPro video stuffed with a terrible story and characters. The leader of the gang, Bodhi, played by Ramirez is an unintentionally funny sports athlete philosopher who talks about the nature of life in between all the dopey stunts. It’s only a matter of time until all his philosophical mumbo jumbo clips arrive on YouTube.
The only thing that is mildly exciting about the film is a wing suit stunt where cameras soar along with the bat-like divers over a huge canyon. Had this scene played in loop for two hours it would have been a far more fun experience for the audiences. As a commercial for getting off your butt and doing cool things in life the film works pretty well. But as a feature film it is far more amateurish than cut scenes of bad video games. Writer Kurt Wimmer, who was previously responsible for atrocious films like Street Kings, Ultraviolet, Salt and the Total Recall remake now has a new addition to his collection of duds.