Point Break (2015) Movie Review

Director: Ericson Core

Writer: Kurt Wimmer (Screenplay) Rick King, W. Peter Iliff, Kurt Wimmer (Story)

Starring: Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Matias Varela, Clemens Schick

Plot: A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Praise the Stunt Team & That is it

Story: Point Break starts as Utah (Bracey) loses a friend in a extreme stunt, seven-years-later Utah has worked his way up the ranks in the FBI, getting his first training position, with the first case he gets to investigate being about a string of extreme sports robberies from around the world.

Utah manages to go undercover within the group run by Bodhi (Ramirez) needing to report anything he learns to Pappas (Winstone), while trying to keep his cover a secret from a group that aren’t afraid to eliminate the problems within their group.

Thoughts on Point Break

Characters – Utah is the former extreme sports stunts man who lost a friend on the latest stunt, he rebuilds his life for the better becoming an FBI agent, with his first case putting him in a position of following his love of the extreme sports from the past or stopping crime from around the world, after he goes undercover in a criminal gang that are using the extreme sports to escape. Bodhi is the leader of the gang, he was a follower of the man who created the idea for creating extreme enlightenment and now has placed it into action, he believes people are responsible for their own actions and must live with the consequences. Pappas is the English agent that Utah must work under, he doesn’t like many people and Utah is no different, with his cocky ways only holding him back. Samsara is the love interest that sees Utah become more torn between the worlds as she isn’t a devoted follower in the same mindset at Bodhi.

PerformancesIt was always going to be hard for the actors to step into the shoes of Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, sadly both do struggling to get to the level of either of the original actors, with both lacking the charisma to show what it is to be in this world. Ray Winstone clearly enjoyed his pay-check for this film, while the rest just don’t get going either.

StoryThe story here follows a rookie FBI agent going undercover in an extreme sports criminal team that are committing crimes from around the world. While this is a remake, the story does become a lot bigger than just a group of criminal surfers, we do get a bigger motivation behind the criminal actions, which is one of the few highlights in the film, the problem in the story comes from the idea that we spend more time just showing off the glorified stunts, we just get little to no character development, the original gave us that big moment when Utah couldn’t do the right thing and it had an impact, this doesn’t reach that level for that same moment. We could have easily had an original set of characters with the same criminals involved instead of leeching off a popular film and got a darker gritty story too.

Action/Crime/SportThe action here is big stunt works, which should be praised, the team create amazing moments, but we can’t only have big stunts to make a film interesting, the crime side of the film doesn’t get very interesting, with most of the parts being after the criminal actions taking place. The sports again plays into the biggest extreme sports, without being anything that plays into the story enough.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to take us around the world for the biggest stunt locations, it doesn’t help for the idea of the story because nobody else thinks outside the box, when they clearly know they are dealing with criminals that do extreme escape plans.


Scene of the Movie – The stunt work gets the most praise.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The script gets the rest of the weakness.

Final Thoughts This is a pointless remake that could have stood taller being it own action movie and could have gotten its own legs for something bigger in the action world.

Overall: Pointless remake.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – D – The Deal (2015)

Director: Barney Elliott

Writer: Barney Elliott (Screenplay)

Starring: Stephen Dorff, David Strathairn, Brooke Langton, Carlos Bardem, Alberto Ammann, Elsa Olivero, Amiel Cayo

 

Plot: Set against the backdrop of an international finance deal in New York and Peru, Oliver’s Deal is an intense political drama which explores how far people will go to get what they want.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Overly Complicated Thriller

 

Story: The Deal starts as we see how Oliver (Dorff) has been putting together a deal to get large amounts of land in Peru, taking advantage of the people he is buying from. He wants to take on the biggest owner in Ruben Caravedo (Bardem), but when his boss Nathan (Strathairn) wants to deal closed he is put on a week-long assignment to complete the job.

Elsewhere Maria (Olivero) has been caring for her sick mother and starts looking for any options to help her mother, we see how Oliver, Maria and young llama shepherd will do anything to get what they need.

 

Thoughts on The Deal

 

Characters – Oliver is a fast-talking businessman who has been working on collecting land in Peru, when his boss puts a time on what is left for him, he must race to get the biggest deal done, even if this means going against morals of getting a deal done, turning the people he must trust the most. Nathan is Oliver’s boss, he wants the deal closed and is keeping Oliver on a leash before shutting him down. Ruben is the land owner in Peru that will do anything to get his family’s land back, he will do what he can to deal with Oliver. Maria is a nurse that will turn to blackmail in an attempt to get help for her sick mother.

PerformancesThe performances are solid enough with Stephen Dorff in the leading role bring the type of performance you would expect, it is Elsa Olivero who truly shines in her role which has the most heart about it. It is the lesser known stars that do shine in the film because of the emotional impact their characters must go through.

StoryThe story here is horrendously miss-sold with the story, it talks about a political thriller focusing on one man trying to make a deal, this is only a small fraction of this story because we have so much more going on, including a nursing desperate to help for mother and a farmer trying to teach his son responsibility. They do connect in the end of the film, though it could have been a lot more impactful by the time we get here. This is trying too hard with everything we are trying to get done and not giving enough focus on Oliver’s side of the story. This is one that could and should have given more focus on the nurse’s character because she gets through the most difficult decision making process in the film.

MysteryThis is sold on the idea of it being a mystery about how a deal would get done, only to try and be a thriller that never reaches the edge of your seat material.

SettingsThe film is set mostly in Peru which does have a beautiful backdrop for the open country side of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
The search for the llama.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not giving us enough time to care about Oliver’s character arc.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that does try to bring us something new only to end up being everything we have seen before and lacking the focus on an of the characters for a long enough time.

 

Overall: Misguiding and lacks the impact.

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