What did I like?
I got to admit that I am a fan of the original Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, so naturally I was kinda excited for this film. My girlfriend went to see it before I did and loved it, which made me think it would be okay despite the negative reviews. When I sat down to actually catch this on New Year’s Eve I was disappointed beyond belief (seriously, I fell asleep twice). There’s seriously only two aspects of this two-hour plus movie that was enjoyable and that was the cinematography and stunts.
What didn’t I like?
Any fans of the original story will be extremely disappointed with this story line. These characters were never presented in a way that was worth investing any emotions in. They are just adrenaline junkies, covered in tattoos, with the ability to perform extreme stunts. The only character that gets a minor back story is our main character Utah (Luke Bracey). Sadly the movie is so focused on the sports aspect and scenery that it doesn’t care to build up any other characters, so that when they start to die off one by one, you could shrug your shoulders and be like who cares, I didn’t really know them.
The other aspect I really didn’t like was the extreme sports chase of the Ozaki 8. The Ozaki 8 isn’t a real thing, which means the writer’s attempted to distract you from how terrible this movie was and serve as the only potential link to catch the bad guys. I get that the goal here was to not create a carbon copy of the original, but the direction they took on this film was just terrible.
Was Point Break a good story?
I got to say no, for reasons pointed out earlier. There’s little to no bad guy character development here, while these extreme sports buffs come across as heavily stereotyped, and there’s not much of a story here to actually get invested in.
Nothing from the main cast stood out to me, so I will say who ever did the stunts for this film are the ones who deserve all the credit. There are a lot of breath-taking moments captured on film and I applaud the efforts of everyone involved who was there to perform and capture it.
Would I recommend it?
If you love beautiful scenery and extreme sports, maybe, just maybe Point Break (2015) would be for you. If you are a guy’s guy who loves the original film and everything it was back in 1992, then stay far away from this one. The remake of the original really puts a tarnish on the idea and characters of 20 years ago which took some of the excitement I had away.
my star rating: 3 out 10
imdb: 5.3 out 10 / metascore: 34/100 / rottentomatoes: 10% out 100%
roger ebert: 1.5 out 4 / richard crouse: n/a