Starring: Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John McGinley, Anthony Keidis, Tom Sizemore
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Tagline: 100% Pure Adrenaline
Running time: 120 Minutes
DVR (from some channel called “Current?”)
Quick summary (from IMDB): An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who may be surfers.
I’ve seen Point Break countless times, but never the whole way through at one time. I’ve also lost count of the number of times I’ve held the $5 DVD in my hand or in my cart at Wal-Mart only to ultimately talk myself out of buying it because “I don’t really need it.” Back in July of last year, I lucked out and saw that it was going to be on TV one day, so I set my DVR to record it so I could watch it whenever I wanted. It sat at the bottom of the DVR queue for nearly a year before I finally decided that I wanted to watch it. I kind of wish I had just bought the DVD…
I had never heard of “Current” as a TV channel, and since this was during a period of “free HBO/Showtime/Starz/Cinemax/Whatever Else” that DirecTV does, I kind of assumed this was some sort of premium channel. As it turns out, it’s not. It’s just a cable channel that comes with whatever TV package I have. So my Point Break experience was semi ruined by commercial breaks that I had to fast-forward through and dialog and scenes that were edited or cut out completely. Normally I am ok with watching edited movies on TV, but this time I was really looking forward to the full Point Break experience. I would have at least settled for replacement words dubbed over the curse words.
Even though it was edited for TV, it didn’t stop it from being a totally awesome movie. It’s still Keanu Reeves being himself, Patrick Swayze being as awesome as he ever was and Gary Busey prior to his insanity. That’s an epic early 90’s cast. There’s also an un-credited appearance by pre-crazy Tom Sizemore and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s front man Anthony Keidis as a kind of bumbling surf thug. Everything about the cast is awesome. Even Lori Petty, who I don’t normally like, was kind of awesomely early 90’s.
The premise is admittedly ridiculous: a rookie FBI agent is sent undercover to infiltrate a gang of bank robbing, adrenaline junky surfers and bring them down. Some of the aspects of the movie are actually pretty cool: the gang wears rubber masks of former Presidents and calls themselves The Ex-Presidents, and the skydiving “chase” sequence (even if it’s not possible – link to Mythbusters).
I don’t care that it’s probably a “bad” movie, I still love it. I also love the fact that it was directed by an Academy Award winner in Kathryn Bigelow, and produced by her then-husband, Mr. Avatar James Cameron. This is Swayze in his prime; he couldn’t lose from the mid-80s to the mid-90s.
I hope the rumored remake doesn’t happen. Had it happened a few years ago, before Swayze’s death, and he had a cameo, it would have been borderline acceptable to me. But without him, it won’t be authentic, and it’s not necessary.
5 out of 5 stars