When rumours first abounded in 2011 of a potential remake of the 80s sensation Point Break, the response was, in a word, mild. Something about digging the Keanu Reeves Patrick Swayze cops and robbers flock out of its presentable grave and kicking it back to life just wasn’t doing it for modern moviegoers. That isn’t to say that Point Break isn’t a popular film, quite the contrary. But as with all films that are products of their time, this film is caught between its then success and a current need for action heavy audience bait. The result? A modern day Point Break.
Granted, you can’t hold an action movie up to much critical scrutiny, certainly not if it’s doing its job well. But just have a look at this trailer and decide whether it was worth calling the film Point Break at all, given its clear dilution of the original plot to make room for more recent extreme sports. Check it out, courtesy of Screen Rant:
As an action movie in its own right, not too bad. Actors Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez are holding up their ends of the bargain as respective enemies turned bros turned enemies again on opposite sides of the law. But as a Point Break remake? Ridiculous! There’s a poster too if you’re interested:
Compare this poster to that of the regional which clearly focused on Johnny Utah and Brodhi as opposed to the sports they partook of.
The connections between the two films are paper thin, and guaranteed that’s going to be at the forefront of half the movie going public’s mind, making it near impossible to appeal to fans of the original that would otherwise have given it a half decent chance.
That… Or no one will care. What do I know?
Point Break will be in cinemas on Christmas Day 2015.