Point Break—quite simply it is one of the best and most entertaining movies of 1990s. Why? Because, despite being almost terminally stupid, the film soars due to its casting: by starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, two actors who seemed to have no idea how ridiculous the film is and thus who commit themselves totally to it, the film becomes a deliriously over the top so-bad-it’s-good action flick, and one of the great superficial pleasures of ‘90s cinema. And, of course, it’s getting a remake.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and released in 1991, the film tells the story of hotshot FBI agent Johnny Utah, who, with support from a wild partner (portrayed by Gary Busey), goes undercover and infiltrates a group of hardcore surfers who moonlight as Los Angeles’ most successful bank robbers. Utah learns to surf, falls in love with Lori Petty, and begins to fall under the sway of the gang’s philosophical leader, Patrick Swayze. Truly, it is an insane, insane film.
And now, a remake. Production company Alcon bought the rights in 2011, and hired Kurt Wimmer to pen the script, according to /Film. At one point, Christopher Nolan’s director of photography Wally Pfister was offered the director’s chair; it has now been confirmed that Fast and the Furious cinematographer Ericson Core will direct. Which makes sense, as Fast and the Furious is a giant ripoff/ clone of Point Break itself. Also, the new film will apparently focus less on surfing and more on the world of extreme sports.
So, just to clear any confusion, this remake will be terrible, just terrible. Just so you know.
What do you think of the Point Break news?