- RatedNC16 /GenreAction
Joining the pile of unnecessary remakes, this take of the Keanu Reeves-Patrick Swayze blockbuster has too few thrills and even less sense.
The original was a guilty pleasure, with some genuinely hair-raising stunts, but the new version pretty much crash lands and none of the actors here have the charisma of Reeves or Swayze.
Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is a former extreme sports athlete who joins the FBI after a stunt goes disastrously wrong.
Before he gets confirmed as an agent for the FBI, he links together a bunch of high-profile heists and concludes that the perpetrators involved are a gang of eco-warrior types chasing after a series of eight extreme adventuring experiences that are supposed to help one achieve true enlightenment.
Teaming up with another agent Angelo Pappas (Ray Winstone), Utah tracks down the gang surfing in the open sea and infiltrates them, where he meets the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The rest of the group look like a bunch of tattooed lumberjacks.
Utah gets sucked into the gang, which gives the film yet another chance to show them doing a bunch of extreme stunts. It inevitably leads to a showdown with Bodhi.
This is director Ericson Core's first feature film outing, and unfortunately, his experience shows.
In the age where one can watch breathtaking extreme sports videos on YouTube, much of the footage here feels bland and over choreographed. It's inevitable this is going to be compared with the original, and both Bracey and Ramirez can't capture the swagger and style of Reeves and Swayze.
One of the best elements of the original, that the gang wore ex-US President masks for their heists, is hardly exploited. The heists that the group in the remake pulls off might be more international in scope, such as robbing a diamond sorting facility in India, but it just feels too ridiculous.
There's also quite a few sequences that beggar belief. Why should someone be transporting a truckload of US bills over Mexico? How did the gang get to the top of Everest to jump from it, considering that the mountain is as packed as Bishan station during rush hour?
There's also a whole lot of ecological mumbo jumbo tossed in. Bodhi and his gang are either trying to achieve some nirvana or save the earth from climate change as they perform their stunts. Most of it feels too clean, and some parts of the film, such as a party held after the gang accomplish their goal of extreme snowboarding, resembles a Heineken commercial.
Lead actor Bracey doesn't quite distinguish himself, and fails to really establish much of a relationship with Bodhi; he and Ramirez have little chemistry. Ramirez is passable, but director Core fails to really make Bodhi a likable character. In the remake, Bodhi is inscrutable and self-serving, driven by his need to complete the extreme sports equivalent of a spiritual pilgrimage.
The only saving grace is the eye candy, particularly the stunts. Still, it might look magnificent, but in terms of actual thrills and tension, they're sorely lacking.
'Point Break' pretty much breaks apart right after take-off, and even if you turn your brain off, there's too little excitement on show to really stir the blood.