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Point Break
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07.05.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Kathryn Bigelow

Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Patrick Swayze
Gary Busey

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Rookie hot shot Johnny Utah is transferred to the FBI's robbery division where he and his partner investigate a theory that notorious bank robbers The Ex-Presidents could in fact be surfers. Johnny soon gets in deep with the natives led by the charismatic thrill seeker Bodhi, and before long the lines between right and wrong get more than a little blurry.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
POINT BREAK came out when I was still just a kid watching all my restricted movies at my grandparent's house because my mom wouldn't let me watch them at home. I was too young (and a little naive) to fully appreciate how truly phenomenal a film it was at the time (I was so confused after War Child and his crew were busted, wondering who the robbers could possibly be), but since then I've watched this flick dozens of times and it's gotten even better with age. This is easily one of my top ten favourite action flicks of all time and an absolute welcome to my Blu-ray library.

I've heard people refer to Keanu Reeves' acting as bland, saying that he plays every character the same way in each of his films (can't that honestly be said of most action stars?) but I enjoy him and think he puts foot to ass rather nicely. He was still relatively green when it came to leading man material but I think he held up his end of things well. Gary Busy's wild character Pappas is a riot. Sure, some of his one liners are a little rough around the edges but his intense demeanour and spurts of yelling almost remind me of a white Samuel L. Jackson. The back robber plot has seen its share of exposure but making them surfers was certainly one for books! It worked marvellously and I loved every second of it.

The true glittering gem of this film is Bodhi, one of the greatest villains of all time as far as I'm concerned. Patrick Swayze (I sincerely hope you're drinking up there with the best of them and teaching people how to tear a man's throat out) gave an outstanding performance, his best in my opinion, as a guy you can't help but root for. Who the hell wouldn't want to be Bodhi's friend? You get to go to all the cool parties, you meet tons of women, you get to surf and skydive in your spare time, and sure, rob the occasional bank here and there to fund your adventures but hey, nobody's perfect. There's a brotherhood pact between Johnny and Bodhi that any guy would relish and the idea clearly still works on audiences too as THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS films are based upon the same principle.

POINT BREAK is one of those immortal films that remains unaffected by the passing of time, a film you never outgrow and never get tired of no matter how many times you've seen in on TV or watched it with your buddies. Add to that the fact that this film's final scene is one of the coolest and most powerful showdowns I've ever seen on film, a killer ending that still gives me goose bumps. Some people hear Patrick Swayze and think DIRTY DANCING, some think GHOST and others probably ROAD HOUSE (I love that one too) but for me, POINT BREAK is that one magical film that can do no wrong and wins every time no matter how you stack it. Every now and again we get a solid action flick but one thing I say often is that we don't get many like this one anymore. It's sad but true.
THE EXTRAS
Behind the Story: There are four short bits here that talk about difficult surfing really is, how awesome Malibu is, the perfect breaks and loads of adrenaline rushes in various forms. Yes, they're all cool.

Deleted Scenes: There's nearly five minutes worth of short additions to existing scenes, though nothing truly epic or even interesting unfortunately.

Previews: There's two theatrical trailers and two TV spots for the feature film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Clearly I love this movie. Sure there aren't much extras to be found here but you can't get much better when it comes to action flicks. No flick is perfect, especially when it comes to action, but some do come close and this is one of those few.
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