REVIEW: “POINT BREAK” (2015) Warner Bros.

I am not inherently opposed to remakes and reboots, and I don’t think I could call myself a ‘purist’ as I’ve liked some re-makes and I am perfectly fine with rebooting material and even straying from original material is fine if it serves the story well. What has happened here is that the studio has produced a garden variety action movie and slapped a name on it purely for the sake of brand recognition. But let us remember that when the original Point Break was released in 1991 it was universally panned and garnered quite terrible reviews. It’s only in the years since that we’ve come to be able to recognize it for the sheer fun it was, hence becoming a cult classic.
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This film exceeds expectations in the sense that this a slickly produced action film with a truly amazing soundtrack. The camera work, framing of the scenes and editing give everything you could desire of a decent action flick. There isn’t anything new going on here, but it’s produced in a professional manner and the action scenes are handled well and while it seems like X-Games on steroids at times, some of it’s truly breathtaking. This is where the second coming of Point Break truly excels. When it hits just the right velocity, it’s truly worth the watch. Also a bit of kudos as the helmets used for a robbery here, they stuck on caricatures of the Presidents, clearly in tribute to the original version.
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And then along comes the story. Luke Bracey takes on the role of Johnny Utah and this time our group of baddies, Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez), Grommet (Matias Varela), Roach (Clemons Shick),and Chowder (Tobias Santelmann) are all European and instead of pulling bank jobs to fund adrenaline junkie lifestyles, the action men of 2015 are self aware crusaders, too cool for school, hipsters on a self-imposed mission to nirvana. And where Lori Petty actually did something in the original, here we just sort of add in a Samsara (Teresa Russell) for only one reason. Honestly, you will find almost every character in this film to be quite annoying with the problem lying in the fact that not one of the main characters are in possession of a redeemable quality and their motivations are completely nonsensical. With that, clearly you know there will be no acting kudos coming from this crowd where everyone seemingly NEEDS loads of tattoos to be cool & belong. They do throw in Ray Winston as Pappas & Delroy Lindo as Instructor Hall for good measure, but not even these two can save the day of acting props here.
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The original Point Break was mostly known for its memorable bromance between Johnny Utah and Bodhi and some of its greatest action scenes ever put to film. Either way, this remake doesn’t bring enough justice to the cult classic.

Grade: D+

Review Screening: AMC Century City ~ Wednesday, December 16, 2015 ~ Courtesy of LAFTV Meetup Group & Warner Bros. Pictures
Nationwide release: Friday, December 25, 2015

9 thoughts on “REVIEW: “POINT BREAK” (2015) Warner Bros.”

  1. Oh boy. I wasn’t expecting this to be good but…it seems like it should have been better than this. I mean, it’s Point Break! The plot was never the thing but the original had such classic scenes. Nothing tops the scene where Keanu fires his gun into the sky in frustration! I take it there were no similar moments in the remake, which is a shame.

    1. it’s definitely not the worst film of the year by far.. D+ is almost a C- hahahaha The visuals are’s the storyline that’s awful. and a lot of the acting which is a bit odd on Edgar Ramirez as I just got home from a screening of JOY – where he is so good. he falls flat here

    1. I DEFINITELY think you should see it..Visually, it’s quite amazing and I debated a C- just because of that..but the storyline/acting is quite bad. I just got back from a screening of JOY where Edgar Ramirez just shines.. but he really fell flat here.. but you will love the visuals & soundtrack & yes, you will give it a better grade than me! ha! Happy Holidays!!

  2. Have not seen it yet, but it does look like it pales in comparison to the 1991 cult classic. Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

    1. Well again, the original was panned horribly at the beginning.. it’s only now we see it’s true genius.. πŸ™‚ thanks as always and Happy Holidays John.

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