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Times of India
Young poly-athlete Utah (Bracey) is keen to become an FBI agent. So, he volunteers to go undercover for the Bureau and nab a group of men who undertake a series of daring heists. They also undertake a series of death-defying tasks known as the Osaki 8, in order to attain a spiritual high, or so they claim.
Although this is a remake of 1991's 'Point Break,' this version often takes off on its own tangent but with a substantially-increased action quotient. And incidentally, it is the action and stunt sequences which together comprise the best aspects of this movie.
So, Johnny Utah (Bracey) pleads with Instructor Hall (Lindo) to let him nab the perpetrators of the said heists. Utah outlines his theory about how he expects the men to try and complete the Osaki 8. Utah plans to interdict them when they get ready to attempt their next task. Visually, Utah is more surfer dude than FBI sleuth, always ready to take his shirt off. Then there's the homoerotic vibes between Utah and Bodhi (Ramirez), who turns out to be the head of the group Utah is after. Bodhi also has the habit of spouting neo-hippie philosophy at Utah, whilst perched on a mountaintop, of all places. But when he meets the ditzy Samsara (Palmer), who has the cheesiest lines whenever she does get screen time (she is the sex quotient of the film, with the camera plying over her deep cleavage in lascivious detail) Utah pretty much forgets that he's a man on an FBI mission.
Point Break comes across as a string of admittedly amazing action sequences and sports feats with the rest of the film haphazardly built up around it. The logic of going base jumping and snowboarding to combat climate change is bizarre. One scene will remind you of Fight Club. Another, of The Beach. Ray Winstone, who plays a grizzled agent, could have deserved more screen time. If you bother to watch it at all, treat it like a showreel for extreme sports, as it's pretty unengaging from almost every other angle.
In the original 1991 film, James Le Gros is seen playing one of the ex-Presidents, in the remake he plays a member of the FBI.
Teresa Palmer has done most of her own stunts in the film, in spite of this being her first acting job after she gave birth to her son.
Several actors were considered to play the role of Bodhi, including the likes of Tom Hardy, Colin Farrell, Hugh Jackman, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, and Garrett Hedlund.
While shooting at the Jaws surf break in Maui, the crew was fortunate enough to capture one of the largest wave breaks of the last decade.
Teresa Palmer is the only female in the lead cast. It was the strength and empowered wisdom of the character that inspired her to play the role.
As far as possible, the makers of the film tried to use physical locations.
Extreme poly-athlete Johnny Utah and his friend Jeff attempts a stunt traversing a steep ridge peak line, ending it by leaping onto a lone stone column. Jeff over speeds his bike and falls. Seven years later Utah is a FBI Agent candidate. He attends a briefing about a skyscraper heist where the criminals parachute down their escape. Another heist happens where the criminals unload Dollar bills mid-air over Mexico then simply disappear. Utahs research concludes that they were done by the same men, who at the same time attempt to complete the Ozaki 8; a teaching of doing eight extreme ordeals to honor the forces of nature. They already cleared three, and Utah predicts theyll attempt the fourth on a rare sea wave phenomenon in France. After presenting his analysis, Utah gets sent undercover to France under a field agent Pappas. They reach the place and Utah gets help from others to surf the tall tube wave. But as he goes in theres already another surfer in the wave, leaving Utah with unstable wave. Utah gets sucked into the wave and faints but the other surfer bails and rescues Utah. He wakes aboard a yacht with the other surfer Bodhi and his team Roach, Chowder, and Grommet. They leave him to enjoy the party and he gets acquainted with a girl Samsara.
The next day Utah finds the men in an abandoned Paris train station after he overhears them about the location. Bodhi gives him an initiation fight and soon hes in the circle. They travel to the Alps for the next ordeal, wingsuit flying through the cliffs. The four succeed in their attempt then have some time together with Samsara. The next day they climb the snow peaks for the sixth ordeal, snowboarding through steep wall of snow. They reach their spot but Utah decides to extend his line so the others follow him. But Chowder slips and falls to his death. Utah gets depressed about it. After a party Samsara explains about her and Bodhi. Next they travel to a gold mine where Bodhi detonates some explosives Grommet and Roach planted. After blowing his cover, Utah chases Bodhi, managing to trip his bike. But Bodhi escapes as Utah cant stand up after the crash. The FBI freezes Bodhis sponsors assets so Bodhi plans to rob a nearby Italian bank on a mountain top. Utah and the police intercept the group, resulting in a crossfire that kills Roach. As the group flees, Utah chases and shoots one of them but it turns out to be Samsara. Utah finds the next ordeal location, solo rock climbing with no safety besides a waterfall. he finds Bodhi and Grommet and chases them on the climb, but Grommet cramps and falters, falling to his death. Utah catches up to Bodhi but he leaps down the waterfall, completing the last ordeal. But Bodhi has to redo the fourth ordeal as he bailed out on the wave. 17 months later Utah finds him in the Pacific facing another giant wave. But ultimately Utah lets Bodhi go and attempt it. The wave engulfs Bodhi and Utah comes back home.
And if you think that sounds like a marriage made in bad movie heaven, you’re halfway right. For while Break’s director/cinematographer Ericson Core is definitely the right man for the job on the action sequence front – Break features some pretty amazing stunts, most of which were gorgeously shot in a host of breathtakingly beautiful locales around the world – his skills in the directing department are sorely lacking at best and downright awful at worst. And I don’t just mean awful awful, I’m talking laugh-out-loud, howlingly-bad filmmaking at its bloody worst. Simply put, this needless, pointless Point Break remake is a total train wreck from start to finish.
Remakes are tricky. Especially when you’re redoing a movie that is widely considered to be one of the best bad movies ever made, Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 action thriller Point Break. Starring the late Patrick Swayze at the height of his dreamy, movie star Swayze-ness as the charismatic leader of a gang of surfing bank robbers and Keanu Reeves as a rookie FBI agent named Johnny Utah, the original Point Break has become something of a cult classic over the years. In fact, the film was so popular that it even spawned the interactive stage production Point Break Live! where a random audience member was selected from the crowd each night to read Reeve’s part from cue cards in all its wooden, dude-ish glory. And now, twenty-five years later, the movie that introduced the world to the blissed-out, stoner zen of adventure sports like surfing and skydiving has been remade by the cinematographer of The Fast and the Furious.