Point Break (1991) from Tuna and Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Point Break (1991) is an action/adventure film from director Kathryn Bigelow. It looks at people whose life centers around finding the ultimate adrenalin rush. Keanu Reeves, hick from Ohio and former star quarterback in a Rose Bowl, had to give up football due to a knee injury. He joins the FBI, and is assigned straight out of Quantico to work in a bank robbery division in LA. He is partnered with Gary Busey, a 22 year veteran who is out of favor with the bureau. They are assigned to a gang calling themselves the "ex-presidents" (they wear masks of Nixon, Carter, etc. when they rob banks) who has staged dozens of bank hold-ups without making a single mistake.|
|Busey has a theory that they are surfers, as they only work in the prime surfing months and one of them showed a tan line while mooning the security cameras. To try the theory, Reeves buys a board and learns to surf. He manages to convince Lori Petty to teach him, and befriends a group of surfers including Patrick Swayze, surfer supreme and obvious leader. A hair sample left in the last robbery shows a collection of pollutants that is traced to a particular beach. The FBI raids a house based on the information, and manages to hose what had been an ongoing DEA undercover job.||
|The film is high energy
start to finish, and includes a foot chase through Santa Monica, CA,
surfing, and sky diving, as well as several fights. There are a lot of
bloopers. For instance, the FBI report IDs Petty as blonde with green
eyes, while she is actually dark haired with blue eyes. Also, the
scene as originally seen does not show a tan line, but when reviewed
at the FBI headquarters, about half of a back is exposed to show the
tan line. Does this make for a bad film? Not really. They are minor
points, and the point of the film is to show the mentality of people
who are addicted to the adrenaline rush.
The critics, IMDb and I agree that the film is watchable, with the disagreement being over how much depth the film has.
Scoop's comments in yellow:
1. Kathryn Bigelow also directed 1995's Strange Days, which is an excellent film. She has not been prolific since then.
2. This film is more or less the exact same film as The Fast and the Furious, except the context is surfing instead of driving. The plot is virtually identical and the characters are essentially the same.
3. The premise and the plot of Point Break are completely preposterous, and it is filled with factual errors, unrealistic behavior, unbelievable plotting, and obvious continuity errors. If you're anal-retentive and those kinds of things bother you, you must skip it, because it will irritate the hell out of you. Some of it was so dumb that I went back to listen to it a second time because I didn't believe they said that stuff.
On the other hand, like Like The Fast and The Furious, it's really dumb, and really super-charged fun!
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