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Point Break? Point S***?

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Kathryn Bigelow directed this 1991 action flick which has been described as a “great action film” about surfers, cops and robberies. It is not, it’s a film about two surfers that love each other. I mean like total love, dude. Now, don’t get me wrong, any loving between two people is awesome in this world as it brings happiness. But I am an all or nothing kind of guy. Prime example, Brokeback Mountain is a film about two gay shepherds that give in, fall in love and risk their respective marriages and “normal” lives. In Point Break, as in Top Gun, there is a huge undercurrent through the film that in my opinion should either have been explored or dropped totally. That’s my main beef with the film.

Bigelow directed Near Dark a great vampire film and the more recent Hurt Locker. Both great films, but this film just misses the mark. As is the case with Catherine Hardwicke at the helm of Red Riding Hood and The Twilight Saga, there is a severe case of style over substance. The script in Point Break is overloaded with surfer speak, which really grates after an hour. And if not for the action scenes, it would be a great exercise in watching men surf….in wetsuits.

Having said that, it is not a “great action film”, it is a film that has action scenes in between surfing, bank robberies, surfing, wetsuits, dodgy dialogue, surfing and….surfing. There’s a lot of surfing in this film. The action scenes in between all of the surfing are quite good. As stated in Mr. Walsh’s article, Bigelow was married to James Cameron at one stage. And Mr. Cameron was Exec Producer on this film. And he has a good grasp of an action scene. I’m just saying…..

Keanu Reeves gets a lot of stick for being a bad actor. But in fairness in this film… no he is just as stilted in this film and does his usual stare, wooden delivery and staring into nothing. Patrick Swayze seems happy to be there, but then again most actors are happy to be working.

Overall, as stated the homoerotic undercurrent should have been explored more in my opinion. Al those stares seemed a bit silly and pointless with nothing to show towards the end of the film. And it is definitely not one of the best action films of the nineties that title goes to either Die Hard 2 or T2: Judgement Day. It is a film about surfers that love each other…… dude!


Written by thepanch

April 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

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