Writer: W Peter Iliff (Screenplay) Rick King, W Peter Iliff (Story)
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C McGinley, James Le Gross, John Philbin
Plot: An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who may be surfers.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Fun Film
Story: Point Break starts when fresh out of Quantico FBI agent Johnny Utah (Reeves) gets bought into the bank robbery department where he works with harden detective Pappas (Busey). The group of thieves known as the ‘E-Presidents’ have been robbing banks and Pappas is laughed at about his theory that the thieves are surfers, Johnny works with the idea and goes undercover as a surfer.
Undercover Johnny uses Tyler (Petty) to get in with the most respected surfers lead by Bodhi (Swayze). The deeper he gets in with these surfers the more it enrages his superior Ben Harp (McGinley) who wants to pull the plug. When Johnny learns who is involved and his new personal friendship gets put in jeopardy.
Point Break must go down as a perfect fun action film, it isn’t too serious, it isn’t too action packed, it isn’t too comical, it just works as a fun film. Entering into the surfing world works for the film as it is something different for the crime world. The negatives would be obvious and that would be lack of professional behaviour from Johnny during the film, we never really learn the true motives of the Presidents unless it is as simple as just wanting to part all the time. This really is a guilty pleasure movie for the fans of action.
Patrick Swayze: Bodhi is the respected surfer who takes Johnny under his wing as he learns how to surf, but he is really the one leading the robberies. He is at one with the waves and his carefree life style is what draws respect from others. Patrick gives us a good performance and something different to what we would be used to seeing.
Keanu Reeves: Johnny Utah is the fresh FBI agent who goes undercover as a surfer to figure out if they are the Ex- Presidents. He is willing to take a chance to impress his experienced partner and make his boss pissed but can he figure out who the criminals are. Keanu showed here he was ready to step into the action genre giving us a good performance.
Gary Busey: Pappas is the experienced partner who gives Johnny the idea about the thieves being surfers, he plays the comic relief really because he is wildly over the top with his reaction and ideas. Gary gives us a good performance in this supporting role playing the opposite to the role we all know him for in Lethal Weapon.
Lori Petty: Tyler is the lady who helps Johnny get close to the rest of the surfers but while doing that he ends up becoming closer to her. Lori gives us a good performance even if she ends up falling to the back ground as the film unfolds.
Support Cast: Point Break has a supporting cast that includes the generic hot headed head of the authority, and the typical members of the crime ring, they all work for what the film is doing.
Director Review: Kathryn Bigelow – Kathryn gives us a fun action film that still has it nearly 25 years on.
Action: Point Break has basic action with the chase after the robbery being the highlight.
Crime: Point Break brings us into a crime world without having it be all mob boss just a clever group of robbers.
Thriller: Point Break does keep you wondering how things will end up and the parachuting scenes bring you right to the edge of your seat.
Settings: Point Break creates basic settings where you would find the type of characters required in the film.
Suggestion: Point Break is one I think everyone should watch just for the fun factor involved in the film. (Watch)
Best Part: Robbery chase.
Worst Part: Everything wouldn’t happen with the technology we have now.
Action Scene Of The Film: Robbery chase both car and foot.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $43 Million
Budget: $24 Million
Runtime: 2 Hour 2 Minutes
Tagline: 100% Pure Adrenaline.
Overall: Adrenaline ride that never stop
‘King awesome cult classic. The ultimate guy flick. A guilty pleasure worth repeat viewing. There’s one kick ass scene after another here. The leads were cast perfectly, Swayze as the philosopher robber, and Reeves as an F…B…I. Agent. On paper, you’d think the roles would be reversed.
yes, i will be rewatching after this was my first viewing
Wow! I wish I could go back and watch that for the first time (as -not- a kid). I hope Point Break continues to be good 😉 It hasn’t aged the best, so I bet you’ll notice more of the 90s cheese the second go-’round.
i love the 90s cheese it makes all action more fun
Really is a highlight from the 90’s. 🙂
Best chase scene I’ve ever seen in my life!