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Point Break (SE)
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Oct 5, 2006 By: Scott Weinberg
Point Break (SE) order
Director:
Kathryn Bigelow

Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Patrick Swayze
Lori Petty

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A football playin' FBI agent must go undercover and infiltrate a gang of surfer boy, extreme sportin' bank robbers.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Lots of movie geeks seem to hold a lot of affection for Kathryn Bigelow's POINT BREAK, and I suppose I can understand why: It's got manly men doing dangerous things with surfboards and machine guns and parachutes -- but really. For an action flick, the first hour is aggressively dry, the premise is more than a little goofy, and the dialogue is frequently retarded.

To be fair, the flick does have its fair share of set-pieces. There's a foot-chase that's particularly exciting, a handful of cool shootouts, and a skydiving sequence that's really nifty to look at -- even if it has nothing to do with the plot. Waaaay too much time is given to a clumsy little romance subplot.

But there's just enough action to keep POINT BREAK afloat. Keanu Reeves is at his most heroically wooden, Patrick Swayze is all deep gazes and hippie jargon, and the background is populated by a bunch of always-colorful actors: Gary Busey, John C. McGinley, James LeGros, etc.

I'm all for fun mindless mayhem, but POINT BREAK simply has too much flab on its bones. There's fun to be had, but there's also a few chapters worth skipping through.

THE EXTRAS
No commentaries on board, but PB fans should find a lot to like here. We start off with ten deleted scenes, all of which were good cuts (and probably should have had ten more sister snips), but the meat of the matter lies within a quartet of featurettes:

It's Make or Break (23:02) is a rather entertaining retrospective piece that covers all of POINT BREAK, from inception to release. Among the interviewed are screenwriters Rick King & W. Peter Iliff, director Kathryn Bigelow, producers Robert Levy & Peter Abrams, and actors John C. McGinley, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, John Philbin, BoJesse Christopher and Lori Petty. (Keanu Reeves appears only via archival interview clips.)

Ride the Wave (6:07) has some of the aforementioned people discussing the beauty of surfing.

Adrenaline Junkies (6:01) focuses on the numerous, majestic, and insane stunts of POINT BREAK. Mostly the skydiving.

On Location: Malibu (8:31) is Philbin and BoJesse giving us a brief-yet-amusing tour of some POINT BREAK locations.

Rounding out the platter are three PB theatrical trailers and a photo gallery.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I like my action cheese just a little more on the Bruckheimer side (less chat, more mayhem), but I can plainly see why POINT BREAK still has a loyal cult following. It's a fun little movie-burger, but I think it's got a little too much fat on it.

Plus Gary Busey is freakin' hilarious in this movie.

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