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Point Break has hit box offices and our very own film critic Elodie Cure is here to break down all the big points for you in our ComiConverse review.
Twenty-four year after the first notorious opus Point Break was released, director Ericsson Core (The Fast and The Furious, Daredevil) bravely embarked on creating an official remake, keeping the exact same title. Surfboards are dusted off, boardshorts are taken out of the wardrobe and Bohdi’s gang is back!
Nowadays, Point Break (1991) can be regarded as a significant achievement in the pop-culture world; an unmissable film with cult quotes. That is why, as a huge fan of the original, it was my duty to see this remake on its release date.
The plot is similar to the first one: A FBI agent infiltrates a remarkable team of extreme sports athletes, that he suspects of masterminding a string of unparalleled larcenies.
At first sight, and as expected, the 1991 film and the 2015 one have a lot in common. They share the same characters (from the two main protagonists to the minor ones), the equal passion for extreme sports, the masked robbers and they both ultimately end with that cult sequence, where Bohdi surfs to his death in one of those monstrous waves. Yet, in the first Point Break, Bohdi’s gang was stealing for their personal beliefs, and not their profit, but in order to hurt the “system”, as they defined it. The new Point Break brings up a new motive. This adrenaline-loving band, still led by Bohdi, justify their heists by their attempt to carry out “The Ozaki Eight”, a spiritual creed.
Never heard of it before?
Don’t worry, the whole mythology part was fabricated by the studio for the genre of the film, which is a little disappointing.
According to the FBI agent Johnny Utah, ‘the Ozaki eight’ is named after Ono Osaki, an eco-warrior who challenged the extreme sports world to a series of eight ordeals that honour the forces of nature and opens a path to enlightenment. For Bodhi and the others in his group, what Ono Ozaki really tried to achieve was to restore balance to the world by giving back what have been taken from it, even though it can involve criminal activity.
Just like in the first version, the film rests mainly on the complex relationship between Johnny Utah and Bohdi. A sort of fatally flawed bromance; one is a FBI agent undercover and this other one a bandit leader.
Luke Bracey (The Best of Me, The November Man) takes over for Keanu Reeves (Matrix, John Wick) with success and adds a sensitive dimension with a touching history to the character. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Edgar Ramirez (Joy, Zero Dark Thirty). Despite his talent and charisma, Edgar fails in making us forget, even for only one hundred minutes, the legionary Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), who made Bohdi’s character his own the first time around.
As you’ve probably already figured, the plot doesn’t get off the beaten track and is nowhere near being as exciting as in the original opus. The remake thus becomes all about surface value (the eye-popping stunts, the exotic locations, the breathtaking landscapes), because yes, that’s all that is really notable in this version of Point Break.
That, and Tom Holkenborg’s epic score that follows the adrenaline junkies through their conquests.
Point Break (2015) is a hollow shell of the original, an unwanted remake with not much interest that will surely drive the fans to breaking point.
Elodie Cure is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow her on Twitter: @Elodie_Cure
The new and useless remake of the legendary Point Break disappoints and, in the end, proves to be a very shallow dive.