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Point Break (2015)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Sport | 25 December 2015 (USA)
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A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists.

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Ericson Core

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Kurt Wimmer (screenplay), Rick King (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edgar Ramírez ... Bodhi (as Édgar Ramírez)
Luke Bracey ... Utah
Ray Winstone ... Pappas
Teresa Palmer ... Samsara
Matias Varela ... Grommet
Clemens Schick ... Roach
Tobias Santelmann ... Chowder
Max Thieriot ... Jeff
Delroy Lindo ... Instructor Hall
Nikolai Kinski ... Pascal Al Fariq
Glynis Barber ... FBI - Head of Investigations
Steve Toussaint ... FBI Dept. Director #1
James Le Gros ... FBI Dept. Director #2 (as James LeGros)
Bojesse Christopher ... FBI Dept. Director #3
Ronak Patani Ronak Patani ... FBI Technician
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A young FBI agent 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.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Angel Falls sequence is an expensive one, with a structure that cost upwards of $500K to build. It consisted of a platform that was approximately the size of a football field just beneath the summit of the falls where the crew set up camp so as not to disrupt the environment by making camp on the ground. Kosove likened the shoot at Angel Falls to a "full-scale military operation". See more »

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First time you see Pappas and Utah in the VW there are mismatching license plates attached to the car: a German license plate with WI for Wiesbaden at the front and a French plate (as in the rest of the movie) at the rear. See more »

Quotes

Pappas: Have you ever surfed
Johnny Utah: Yeah
Pappas: [points to the squall] But have you ever surfed anything like 'that'
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Yeah Yeah Yeah
Written by Timucin Aluo and James Norton
Performed by Jax Jones
Courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd./Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Pointless Retreads
18 December 2015 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

The original Point Break was mostly known for its memorable bromance between Utah and Bodhi and some of its greatest action scenes ever put to film. Either way, this remake doesn't bring enough justice to the cult classic. Its new approach, instead of a simple undercover cop thriller, is now a globe-trotting adventure featuring daredevils who are pulling off a grand stunt show. Though the stunts are impressive at times, it still pales in comparison with the original. The characters are bland, the plot makes no sense and every moment it tries to replicate with the original is just painfully forced for the sake of what they believe it's called "fan service." Therefore, there isn't much reason for Point Break (2015) to exist.

So Point Break is now about the stunts, but just like most action movies today, it also had to strip away personality. So whenever we see the cops, and even the daredevils, interact, it's just not so entertaining. One of the charms of the original, while it had some great action sequences, even the characters are interesting to watch. Even if it's trifle, it's still worth spending your time. Now, it somehow becomes uninteresting filler, especially the love interest. Remember when Utah had to lie about his backstory to earn her trust? Well, now they just easily hook up and nothing else, until some twist happens or something like that. Utah and Bodhi aren't as engaging, either. They're mostly spewing exposition, while Bodhi is basically acting like a parody of someone from a New Age religion. Their intention of becoming Robin Hoods is kind of vague as well, but I guess no one thinks it actually matters.

What's really worth groaning is when it's really trying to replicate the original; not by heart or personality, but by scene. They did the Ex- Presidents, even though one of them is wearing an Obama mask despite of taking place in 2015, but they only did it once, probably because there isn't much room for this fan service. Also the iconic scene involving Utah shooting up the air, which apparently Hot Fuzz did it better. And the epilogue is horrendously shoehorned, like it's nothing more than a tip off the hat, because... it's not Point Break without it, I guess?

However, there are some things to at least like in this film. The action is kind of stunning; the fact that they're visually more realistic to look at than most CG-fest that blockbusters tend to feed us (except for the epilogue which is too obvious.) Maybe the best among them is the rock climbing sequence where it goes from wide shots to dirty hand shots of seeing how much they'd grip. Luke Bracey isn't quite bad as an action hero, but he seriously needs a better material than this. Edgar Ramirez is probably just stuck with a blandly written Bodhi and really stays stick-in-the-mud with whatever he says about nature. Ray Winstone, though a good actor, is just not the memorably delightful Papas that Gary Busey established. And the movie wouldn't be any different if Teresa Palmer's role was written off.

And Point Break (2015) is just another needless remake. There are ideas that could have been utilized more, but it's too burdened by both action movie clichés and the fact that it is being Point Break. It's not a good undercover cop thriller, nor a good bromantic film. And you better off watching an actual stunt show, which at least doesn't make you get through to its drab expositions and the fact that it's more real and not embellished by any special effects. Then again, the effects aren't bad, but that's not the point. You may give it credit for heightening something from the original, but it doesn't do that well either. The fact how unnatural the homages are made for this remake makes it even more frustrating to watch.


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$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,800,252, 27 December 2015

Gross USA:

$28,782,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,718,711
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