Point Break (1991) – Encore Review


“If you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It’s not tragic to die doing what you love.” – Bodhi

Number of Times Seen – Who knows? (Theater in ’91, cable, video, DVD and 4 Sep 2015 and 6 Aug 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An FBI agent is sent undercover to try and find a group of bank robbers who dress up as former Presidents.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when it first came out and although the enjoyment of this film has never been matched by the big screen experience it still works extremely well on any other medium.

The movie is able to deliver wall to wall action that is quite intense and doesn’t stop moving right from the start all the way until the credits.

The action crime thriller that this film claims to be is something that it really is able to live up to and it does it so spectacularly.

The cast is great and Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves both are superb in these roles.

The cat and mouse chase between them throughout the film works quite well and keeps things close to the realm of believability.

This is a movie all about reaching the extreme and they find a way to really deliver with each and every action scene.

The twists and turns in the story help keep things nice and thrilling even if one has already seen the film since it is meant for multiple watches so you can catch all of the small things along the way.

The weakest part of this film is the love story aspect which feels a bit too tacked on, but they still find a way to have it help raise the stakes of the story as thing speed along towards the ultimate extreme.

Bottom Line – Great film that lives up to the wall to wall action thriller it claims to be. Swayze and Reeves are both superb here and the cat and mouse aspect of the film is heightened due to their involvement. The film is all about going to the extreme and they truly deliver from start until finish. The film is filled with some nice twists and turns that work even when you already know the plot. The love story aspect feels a bot tacked on, yet still manages to help raise the stakes as the story moves along. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene in which Utah jumps after Bodhi without a parachute was tested by MythBusters (2003). It was determined that Utah and Bodhi would not have been able to free-fall for ninety seconds (as in the film), nor would they have been able to hold a conversation in mid-air. However, it was determined that, by streamlining his body, Utah could have conceivably caught up with Bodhi after jumping from the plane. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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