Remakes are a common thing these days and every so often one comes along that delivers, but most of the time they completely miss the mark. There are few remakes that are even necessary, but there are some that just make no sense. When they decided to remake 1991s Point Break that starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves it left fans baffled. Despite a reason for this films existence it is here nonetheless with a new cast at the helm including Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, and Delroy Lindo, but does it have the extreme nature to stand out from the original action classic or will it lack the adrenaline needed to pull it off?
Point Break follows a young FBI agent who infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Deep undercover, and with his life in danger, he strives to prove these athletes are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes that are devastating the world’s financial markets. The original film is clearly not one of the greatest action films of all time, but it holds up well to this day with some great memorable visuals thanks to the president robberies and great chemistry with Swayze and Reeves. This latest take on the film does little to try and make it something different outside of trying to take it on an international level. They have taken almost the exact same story and retold it trying to inject some unneeded depth to it that just doesn’t do anything in the bigger picture. The whole reasoning around the robberies in the original was simple and made sense, here they try to explain it away with enlightenment and standing up against the man which could work had it had any heart to go along with it. For a film focused on going to the extreme to find the higher plane it feels overall flat. The cast just do not have the chemistry or presence to pull these characters off believably.
There are some direct rehashed scenes from the original film here, but in context do not make as much sense here as to why they do them. The story overall just felt forced and lifeless despite trying to take you through these extreme stunts that are meant to make you feel alive. Visually the film is beautiful, especially when they are showcasing the wide variety of stunts. These high octane action sequences should have been the highlight of the film and while they are great to watch they often felt out of place. It almost felt like this entire film was made just to figure out how to showcase as many stunts as possible without a whole lot of purpose.
In the end Point Break is one of those films that might not be a major hit, but still had something special that stood out. This remake offers up nothing to the legacy of the film other than a forgettable return to familiar ground. Had they taken this film into a more of a sequel direction complete with Reeves returning to take on a new group of criminals like this it would have worked so much better, but instead it manages to just be another forgettable action film with nothing to help it stand out except for some cool stunts. In addition to the film this release includes deleted scenes, trailers and numerous featurettes that take you behind the making of the stunts of the film.
The extreme heist begins when Point Break hits Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on March 29th and available now on Digital HD from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.