Catch That Perfect Wave: Point Break Reboot Trailer Released

Credit: Warner Bro
Credit: Warner Bro

Well we have been quietly concerned about the reboot of Point Break here at the 4YE office.  The original 1991 film was a stellar movie starring Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze. It told the tale of undercover FBI agent, Johnny Utah and his infiltration of a band of surfers, led by Swayze’s Bodhi, who financed their “endless summer” by staging bank heists.

The first trailer on the new movie has been released.

The first footage from the upcoming Point Break re-boot shows us some really incredible action sequences and stunts. It also has some of the worst dialogue: “I believe that these people, like me, are extreme athletes, using their skills to disrupt the international financial markets.”

I laughed, however, I am not sure that is the filmmakers intention.  As a stalwart fan of Reeves and the original movie, this is sending chills down my back – and not of the action-adventure induced kind.

The new version, which according to IMDb was “inspired” by the 1991 cult hit attempts to modernize both Utah and Bodhi on a more global scale, more adventure and more thrill-seeking stunts. Some things are better left alone.  In my opinion, for what it’s worth, use the idea and rename the characters rather than attempt to piggy back off one of the big hits of the past. Or pick up Utah’s story where we left off, with Bodhi heading out off Bells Beach in the fifty year storm.

Casting wise, this version has The Bourne Ultimatum‘s Édgar Ramírez as the crook Bodhi and GI Joe: Retaliation star Luke Bracey as  Johnny Utah.  The new version casts Delroy Lindo as Johnny’s supervisor, while Teresa Palmer and Ray Winstone also appear.

Gerard Butler was originally attached to play Bodhi in the remake, but was replaced by Ramírez due to scheduling conflicts before production began. This was probably a really good move on Butler’s part.
Point Break is in cinema’s December 25, 2015 in the US and January 8, 2016 in the UK.
Jacie Anderson
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