Just a few point… breaks

One thing to take away from this trailer:

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I was rewatching the Point Break trailer. As I said before, ever since Mad Max: Fury Road, I feel like I can’t just write off franchise movies. I’m not the biggest fan of reboots set in the modern day and this kind of reminds me of TRON: Legacy. TRON: Legacy, if you remember, was like TRON except whereas in TRON Flynn uses his mastery of video games to survive The Games, in TRON: Legacy Sam Flynn uses his mastery of EXTREME sports to survive the games.

In Point Break Johnny Utah was a former footballer who had become an FBI Agent that was sent in to investigate a gang of bank robbers who his partner suspected were surfers. Then we delved into the seedy underworld of surfers, and Johnny meets Bodhi who is the charismatic leader of the bank robbers. Obviously they come into conflict eventually, Johnny’s girlfriend gets kidnapped, and a climactic fight in mid-air occurs, and then the movie ends in Australia with Johnny letting Bodhi be killed by super surfing.

In Point Break Part 1 Again we have Johnny Utah who lives on Planet Green:

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Seriously, how green is his world? I know movies have only two colors these days, but this feels silly.

And the Dead Presidents (the bank robbers from Point Break) are now super extreme sports guys who seem to have some kind of anarchist agenda and rockstar lifestyles. Obviously Johnny Utah, played by Luke Bracey, has to infiltrate the seedy underworld of extreme sports. Bodhi is back too played by an actor I don’t know, Édgar Ramírez, so I can’t really dismiss him out of hand. 

The director hasn’t directed much (his IMDB page says 4 movies). So that’s not exactly inspiring, since nothing he’s done sounds really great.

Oh man, check out the description of the movie from it’s imdb page:

A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. “Point Break” is inspired by the classic 1991 hit.

It’s “inspired” by the classic 1991 hit?

Like… what? Is that what we’re calling remakes now? Was Robocop “inspired” by Robocop? I mean, don’t you have to at least change the name to call it inspired?

It kind of continues this tread of EXTREME-izing stuff, the inherent flaw in that ties into the very paradox of what is cool: if you try to be cool, you are not cool.

I’m skeptical about all this, and I can’t imagine it’s going to blow up the box office, but I’m down for seeing it this Christmas if anyone’s interested.


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