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In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same criminal impersonates the cop.
In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves the ex-presidents. commit their crimes while wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend. Written by
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This is the first of two movies in which Keanu Reeves played a former Ohio State quarterback. Nine years later, in The Replacements (2000), he again appeared portraying a one-time OSU quarterback. See more »
Though Johnny Utah suffered a severe knee injury playing football in college that prevented him from playing football again, he was able to pass the stringent FBI physical tests, surf and endure the landings from skydiving, yet jumping a short distance from a wall completely incapacitated him. See more »
[Agent Utah finishes his gun range test]
100%, Utah. Good job!
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I must have seen this film a dozen times now, and I'm not going to stop watching it until I'm well and truly sick of it - it's just superb.
Certain sequences are stunning - the camera work during the chase and free fall scenes leave you breathless, and the surfing footage is excellent. The acting is generally good, particularly Busey as a veteran FBI agent, but Keanu's usual expressionless vocals and face disappoint. The script is sharp and witty. And the stunts really shine, particularly the Bond-style psycho skydiving near the end.
This is, in my opinion, a very underrated film which deserved better from the critics.
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