Point Break: Film Review – Old Wine in a New Bottle

Verdict: An out-and-out action entertainer. 

There’s no better way to start off a new year than with an action-packed entertainer. Fortunately, Ericson Core’s remake of Point Break is here to kickstart 2016.

The film follows FBI agent and former extreme sportsman Utah (Luke Bracey) as he goes undercover to investigate a group of ecoterrorists. He initially suspects that the group, led by Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez), intends to commit a series of heists. However, Utah soon finds out that they have other plans. What follows is a fast-paced, aesthetically pleasing journey of adventure, self-discovery and spirituality.

Though it is billed as a remake, Point  Break has few similarities to the original from 1991. The films share a basic premise, but that’s where the resemblance ends. Whether this is a good thing or not is for the viewer to decide.

However, if there’s one thing that both versions of the film have in common, it’s the quality of the actors’ performances. Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez are remarkable in their respective parts. Furthermore, they share a rapport that makes every scene a delight to watch. Though we wish that the story built up to their bromance a little more, it’s safe to say that their friendship is one of the film’s highlights. Teresa Palmer is also a delight onscreen, inspite of the fact that she is criminally underutilized.

The performances, as good as they are, cannot hold a candle to the film’s production value and stunts. Each frame in Point Break is straight out of a breathtaking painting. This makes it impossible to look away from the screen, even for a split second. Combine that with thrilling stunts, and you have every action buff’s dream come true!

Point Break, on certain occasions, tries to be much deeper than it actually is. Unfortunately, this slows down the film, making you wonder if it was better off just embracing that it is an out-and-out action entertainer. This is, however, easy to ignore in an otherwise interesting film.

If you like action films and want to enjoy an engaging thriller this weekend, Point Break is your best bet. Though the film might not live up to the classic it is based on, it is still worth a watch.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

An action-packed entertainer, Point Break features compelling characters, breathtaking landscapes and awe-inspiring stunts. If you’re a fan of the genre, don’t miss this one.

Release Date: Jan 1, 2016
Language: English
Director: Ericson Core
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Cast & Crew: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer
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