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'Point Break' is a classic

Point Break


Sometimes, films that perform well but not superbly at the box office develop particularly ardent followings, resulting in the descriptor "cult classic" being assigned to them. In order to profit from the formula that garnered the initial success in the rental market, filmmakers will sometimes remake such films. It was recently announced that a remake of 1991's "Point Break" is in development and is scheduled to be released in 2015.

"Point Break" stars Keanu Reeves as injured pro-footballer Johnny Utah, now a young FBI agent based in Los Angeles. He has an older partner, Pappas (played by Gary Busey), and they are trying to apprehend a gutsy group of bank robbers called the "ex-presidents," who wear masks of former U.S. presidents and specialize in particularly quick robberies that often leave cash in the bank's vaults. Pappas has a theory that a community of surfers may be behind the robberies. So Johnny goes undercover as a wannabe surfer and befriends Bodhi (played by Patrick Swayze), an adrenaline junkie. He and his loyal friends enjoy surfing, skydiving and playing football. Johnny eventually discovers that Bodhi is the leader of the ex-presidents.

"Point Break" is directed by Kathryn Bigelow, best known for directing the Oscar winning films "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty." Her action scenes define the urgent tone of the film. The shootouts, bank robberies, and chase sequences are all very intense. In one of the best scenes in the film, Johnny jumps out of a plane to go after a villain. Because there are no parachutes onboard, he does this with no support.

The film has a nuanced story. Bodhi is more sympathetic than most movie villains. Johnny finds many aspects of the surfer lifestyle appealing, and he has to make a difficult decision between his law enforcement job and his new friendships and pastime.

"Point Break" is an action movie classic.