One of the next stops in Hollywood’s seemingly endless quest to make everything I loved as a youngster all over again (but only suckier) is the upcoming remake of the 1991 Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves surf-cop-heist-thriller Point Break. We’ve already done our fair share of moaning at just the thought of remaking the Katheryn Bigelow directed classic, and have now moved into the grudging acceptance phase. So I guess its time to actually show a bit of excitement about this project.
Not that these first images from the upcoming remake is helping at all in that regard. We’ve heard how the Ericson Core (Invincible) directed actioner will see Luke Bracey (The November Man) and Edgar Ramirez (Wrath of the Titans) – who are respectively playing Reeves’ undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah and Swayze’s bankrobbing zen surfer Bodhi – taking the extreme sports angle, well, to the extreme. Instead of just being restricted to big wave surfing and a bit of skydiving, this new version would be exploring all kinds of crazy activities. And yet, the first image is of Ramirez surfing. Oh and there’s another of Bracey running. Ooh, extreme.
Luckily, Empire, who brought us these pics, were also on hand at CinemaCon where the first footage from the film was shown during Warner Bros’ panel and they came away a lot more hopeful than these bland pics would warrant.
“The Point Break reboot has gone for a portfolio of all-out adrenaline sports. Big wave riding, rock-climbing and dirt bikes were all present in the footage shown. However, the most impressive and quite likely the film’s major visual set piece is an incredible flight suit sequence that blows the one in Transformers 3 out of the sky. Four guys in said airborne attire hurtle over forests and fields before soaring through a deep gorge cut out of the mountain. It’s an eye-popping visual made all the more impressive by the fact that it’s not CG but rather an entirely practical sequence undertaken by a group of extreme sports all-stars, who were also present. With other feats including a mid-air heist involving skydivers stealing money from a plane mid-flight, there’s more than a hint of Fast & Furious in this Point Break’s DNA – ironic given that the first F&F was heavily inspired by Kathryn Bigelow’s original.“
That actually sounds a lot more promising than I would have thought. I’m always a sucker for great practical effects in movies, and if that kind of balls to the wall sensibility follows through to the rest of the film, we may just end up with a movie that may not match the original in terms of cult-worthy coolness, but at least won’t make us feel like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. I hope.
Point Break is penned by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium) and also stars Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer and Delroy Lindo, with Winstone and Palmer reprising the respective roles originally played by Gary Busey and Lori Petty. The movie is currently in post-production after having shot all over the world in places like Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Venezuela, Tahiti, Italy, Hawaii and the USA, and is scheduled for release on Christmas Day this year.
Last Updated: April 23, 2015