The original 1991 theatrical release Point Break starred Keanu Reeves as an undercover cop with the lame name of Johnny Utah playing against free-wheeling surfer turned thief named Bodhi played by the late Patrick Swayze. Directed by Katherine Bigelow (Hurt Locker) Point Break became on of those films like Road House–overplayed on Cinemax and HBO over the years so you couldn’t help seeing it at some point but usually not from beginning to end. The film set up Reeves as B-movie action star, readying him for his big hit action film break three years later with Speed.
As hard as it is to watch Reeves’ trademark stilted recitation of dialogue (which still defines the actor), Point Break was at least an easy watch, with an interesting group of thieves cleverly sporting the masks of past presidents. But the film also cemented Patrick Swayze as the real deal as cool goes.
But Point Break wasn’t much more than a passing summer flick. So why a remake?
The first trailer for the new Point Break is out, and the answer seems clear. Someone wanted to make a James Bond movie. The locations for the new flick look pretty spectacular. The story spins similarly around an undercover cop named Johnny Utah, this time played by Luke Bracey whose only notable credit is playing the guy in the Cobra Commander suit in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Edgar Ramirez plays Bodhi this time around. The problem? These guys are pretty obscure to head up a big action film. Why are we going to lay down ten bucks to see this in the theater?
Check out the preview for yourself:
No doubt the environments are the real draw here. But we’re thinking if we really want to watch a surfing movie, we’ll pull out our copy of The Endless Summer and watch the real thing.
It may be telling that Kurt Wimmer wrote the screenplay for the new Point Break–he also wrote the screenplay for the disappointing Total Recall remake.
Point Break hits theaters Christmas Day 2015.