Arriving in cinemas on Friday is Point Break, a remake of the 1991 cult classic of the same name. The film stars Luke Bracey and Édgar Ramírez as Johnny Utah and Bodhi 2.0, and will once more see Agent Utah hunt down a group of criminals with a surfing background. This time however, the activity doesn’t stop at just surfing; this version has Bodhi and his group of followers attempting to complete the Osaki Eight, a series of ordeals that honour the forces of nature.
It twists things up from the source material and director Ericson Core was adamant when we saw him late last year that this wasn’t a remake, but rather a spiritual re-visioning. He voiced that it would feel spiritually the same, but other than the names of the characters and the use of ex-Presidents as disguises, this was a new animal entirely.
The original film really isn’t crying out for a follow-up, especially in a world where the Fast and the Furious franchise exists. In the original Point Break, Keanu Reeves starred as Johnny Utah, a young FBI agent who infiltrated the tight-knit community of Californian surfers to track down a group of bank-robbers headed up by Patrick Swayze‘s Bodhi. The more Utah bonded with Bodhi the more the lines became blurred between which side he identified more (see, its the exact same plot in The Fast and the Furious, just substitute surfing for illegal street racing).
Let’s be honest though, the film really doesn’t need a remake/re-visioning/whatever you want to call it, as the first film is great. This year it turns twenty five (!) but still feels fresh (if you excuse the outdated fashion). It also managed to launch several careers and film conventions, amongst everything else. With this in mind here’s a list of our five favourite things that Point Break made great.