Film Review | Point Break (1991)

Starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey

If you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It’s not tragic to die doing what you love – Bodhi

Talk to any surfer in the world and ask them to give you a quote from Point Break; you’ll be hard pressed to find one who can’t! That’s because Point Break is a timeless classic, defying generational gaps as its relevance ultimately transcends time.

Creeping up to 25 years since the original dropped in to pop culture stardom, it’s with sad regret I emphasise Kathryn Bigelow’s film being the ‘original’, with Hollywood recently squeezing out an aqua-turd reboot of the same name…

Without dwelling on this latest reprisal stinking up cinemas nationwide, I will express heartfelt disdain for a film unwilling to stand alone, tarnishing the good name of one of surfing’s most monumental icons.

How can one possibly improve on perfection? As the old saying goes – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Back to the original –

Who didn’t want to imbibe Bodhi’s cool, calm, calculated approach to living life on the edge, defying the status quo with endless summers spent surfing, skydiving and maxing out the adrenalin meter day in day out?

Then of course there’s Johnny Utah – One radical son of a bitch, who held his own against the alpha male, earning his respect, winning the girl, and ultimately saving the day! All with the help of trusty partner, Angelo Pappas.

As a buddy-cop film to end all buddy-cop films, Point Break pulls hard at the ripcord of the heart, diving into the psyche of male camaraderie and mate-ship. The relationship development between Utah and Pappas is simply flawless, and the emotional entanglement viewers receive from every other character is testament to both the writers and the performers.

Say what you want about the new Point Break, but there’s simply no competing with the original. To even try is a travesty. Instead, I recommend blowing the dust off your old DVD copy, giving it a shred for old times sake – The little hand says it’s time to rock and roll!

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