The ‘90s kids are going to have to wait just a little longer. The Point Break reboot has been delayed from July until December 2015, swapping release dates with Mission: Impossible 5.
Andrew Kosove, co-chairman of Point Break developers Alcorn Entertainment, said “With Christmas on a Friday this year, the reality is that there’s room for multiple movies…our film is a really fun mainstream movie.”
True, but as the reboot is set in the world of extreme sports, I would have thought a summer release was the best bet. Christmas is best left for the franchise blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Whenever it arrives on our screens, I am really excited about Point Break. The original cast – led by a youthful Keanu Reeves and the wonderful Patrick Swayze, was the perfect set of actors to turn a sometimes silly plot into a really fun, moving, rip-roaring film.
The new film has Edgar Ramirez taking Swayze’s role as Bodhi, the enigmatic leader of a group of bank-robbing surfers; and Luke Bracey as Reeves’ FBI agent Johnny Utah, who loses his law keeping ideology as he chases Bodhi and catches waves.
Ramirez and Bracey will have to go a long way to capture the chemistry between Reeves and Swayze. I hope that director Ericson Core will keep to the attitude of the 1991 original, if not the exact storylines.
There were so many fantastic moments in Point Break that made the film eminently watchable: a too-cute Lori Petty teaching Utah how to surf; the beach bonfire football game; the time Utah first meets his FBI mentor (played perfectly by Gary Busey); Utah letting Bodhi surf a suicidal wave in Australia; and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers popping up as the leader of a drug gang.
My favourite scene from Point Break, and just about any film I’ve seen, was Utah leaping out of a plane without a parachute and latching on to Bodhi to fall to earth. Just incredible.
Teresa Palmer is also attached to the reboot, playing Petty’s character Tyler, as is Ray Winston, whom I really hope will play Busey’s Pappas.
There are some pretty awesome films coming out this year, but for me this is the one I’m waiting for.
Now, how many months away is Christmas?