Film Reviews, Short Review

Point Break (1991)

3.5/4

Dated and riddled with clichés, Point Break somehow still holds up excellently after over two decades. There is something strangely beguiling about it, and it centres on the figure of Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), the blonde hippie surfer dude/brutal bank robber who provides the film’s primary villain. Somehow, the blank emptiness of Keanu Reeves, in standard “wooaah” mode as FBI cop Johnny Utah, sparks off a peculiar chemistry between the two actors onscreen, as if Bodhi were imprinting himself onto Utah as we went along. Kathryn Bigelow, who would go on to become the first woman to direct a best picture Oscar winner with the self-serious, dull The Hurt Locker, made a brilliant action film here, one built out of surfaces and idiosyncratic moments, not to mention some absolutely excellent actions scenes. A deserved cult classic.

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