MINI REVIEW: Kathryn Bigelow knows action. Her directional talent shines in Point Break, with action sequences, 24 years later, that are still adrenaline rising and edge-of-your-seat experiences. Although Point Break is not in the same league as The Hurt Locker, it sure has had it’s fair share of influence on pop-culture, and is a film worthy of consideration, if only for the cheesy lines, delivered by the one and only Keanu Reeves. Plus you really need to check out the anti-hero’s (Patrick Swayze) hair!
What makes this film time-less is the relationship that forms between Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) and Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). The persuasive nature of Bodhi, and his free spirited way of life prove too enticing for Johnny Utah, plus the pristine beaches of Southern California and the surf, how could you say no? Pappas (Gary Busey), Johnny’s partner, delivers a lot of needed humour in this film. Lori Petty is Tyler, a surfing guru and also serves as a love interest for Johnny. A great cast delivering a half-baked script.
Patrick Swayze steals the show, he is mythical and legendary. I love the ending to this film. There are so many great moments in this film, and although Keanu Reeves’ delivery of lines are laughter-worthy, they have become iconic. I don’t see the need for a remake of this film, but we are getting one, and perhaps there is no better time to either re-visit this cult piece or to check it out afresh.
Here are 7 interesting facts about Point Break, enjoy!
1 Ridley Scott was originally going to direct this film, back in 1987. Point Break managed to detach itself from an 80s look and feel. I can not imagine what this film would have turned out to be like with an 80s back drop and sci-fi guru Ridley Scott directing.
2 Matthew Broderick, Johnny Depp, Val Kilmer and Charlie Sheen were all considered for the role of Johnny Utah. Who is glad the role went to Keanu Reeves? Charlie Sheen surfing? Wow, gosh no!
3 Everbody learnt how to surf for this film. Turns out that Keanu Reeves still has surfing as a hobby. Patrick Swayze broke four of his ribs whilst surfing.
4 Johnny Utah’s closing lines, “Vaya con Dios,” literally means “go with God.” What is Bodhi’s final fate?
5 Initially this film was going to be called ‘Johnny Utah’, it was then changed to ‘Riders on the Storm’. During production it was deemed that ‘Point Break’ would be a more suitable title, considering it is a surfing term.
6 Patrick Swayze did most of his own stunts, including the sky-diving. Apparently he did about 55 dives for the film.
7 The iconic foot chase sequence required a specially designed 35mm film camera, with a borrowed gyro-scope to improve stability. Camera man, James Muro ran alongside the action at incredibly dangerous speeds. This foot chase scene is as impressive as the opening sequence in Casino Royale.