Friday, August 5, 2016

Point Break (2015) - Can't Find Your Breaking Point



The following review of Point Break (2015) contains spoilers.

Plot and Analysis: When you make a remake of a 1991's cult classic of the same name, you couldn't fall any lower than this. We have two actors trying their best to bring out the magic of Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze who starred in the original, but just like the ultimate challenge at the end of the feature, they both ultimately fail.

 

Okay, so the start is just like the last two Fast and Furious franchise movies. We have a dashing blonde hero Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) who surprisingly does manage to at least sound like Reeves in the original venture. After an extreme sports disaster which leads to his close friend dying, Mr. Utah  enlists in the FBI where he meets the typical boss played to the utmost cynicism by Delroy Lindo.

And then Utah all of a sudden gets a super boost in his IQ level by finding out that a series of robin-hood-esque robberies around the world are being committed by the same group, as if the long line of FBI personnel in the office he is advising couldn't have guessed this.

We then have Utah going to France to search for this group, he sees a party happening on a ship in a popular sea and when he also gets to surf again, he gets hit by a strong wave, and then rescued by, wait for it, the antagonist of this feature: Bodhi played adequately by Edgar Ramirez. I would even go as further as saying that his character is the only likeable one in Point Break. 

Thereon, you have the hero falling for the rebellious Samsara (Teresa Palmer) whose only interesting feature is that her name is unique but Palmer herself acted like she regretted getting the part. Then you have so much predictability in the first hour itself that it's extremely difficult to go through the almost 2-hour length of this lackluster disaster.

The Good: The cinematography and the overall mise-en-scene were enthralling and breath-taking to look at. Director and cinematographer Ericson Core was also the DOP for 2001's The Fast and the Furious and he really pays more homage to that film more than the foremost Point Break. But he also showcases that he can actually handle a budget of $105 million but Kurt Wimmer's awful script led to the movie only earning something above $133 million worldwide.

The Bad: The follow-through of the main plot, the acting (except by Ramirez) and truthfully the budget should've allowed for better actors. I mean if you're remaking Point Break, you can at least try to find convincing actors, especially of the rebellious group who managed to bore me so much, I can't even remember their names in the movie.

With Hollywood increasingly getting more chances at making high-budget ventures, they should remember that CGI might save a film from flopping (okay not in this case) but it still renders it a tedious experience to watch if it's not written well.

The Verdict: Point Break is the epitome that remakes of cult classics have to be produced rightfully or else the only task they achieve is the re-watching of the original masterpiece. The only breaking point with this reboot you'll find is in the ending, because all's well that ends well, even though this conclusion you'd be dying for after finishing the initial 60 minutes.

Rating: 1 out of 4.

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