Starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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“I’m Fucking Surfing, Man!” Yes, folks this is a Keanu Reeves movie, Pre-Matrix days. Keanu Reeves stars as Johnny Utah, a former College Football star turned FBI agent. As a rookie, Utah is out to prove himself as he did in with College Football. To help him out is his partner, the crazy Gary Busey as Angelo Pappas, as they get sucked back in to an untraceable bank robbing group. A group of surfers are suspected of the crimes, led by Bodhi (Swayze) who are high on life, and are out to fill their lives with adrenaline, most of which from robbing banks. High energy, and exciting, Point Break was one of those movies that started the extreme action movie genre.
Johnny Utah is a cocky, jock type who has just been appointed to the bank robbery division of California’s FBI division, when is sucked into something he thought he never would attempt, Surfing. Utah’s partner Angelo was in charge of about 30 cases involving a group called “The Ex Presidents,” who robbed a slew of banks over a 3 year time frame and continue to do so. At a dead end, Angelo gets pushed back into by hotshot rookie Johnny Utah who is out to prove he can accomplish anything. Plus the guy’s got no experience in the field. Angelo’s theory on this group of Ex Presidents is that they are a surfing clan that just rob banks during the summer months and vanish until the year after. Other signs point to that theory and Utah gets thrown in the fold to learn how to surf and gain access to that lifestyle. There, Utah meets Tyler (Petty) a tom boyish Surfer chick who is pretty annoying. You know the typical Lori Petty role everyone has come to expect over the years. Anyway, Tyler helps out Utah with some lessons and in turn introduces him to Bodhi and his buds. From the start Utah gets a feeling about the guys, and sees they are adrenaline junkies who will do many crazy things. Still not sure, Utah gets wrapped up with the guys and how they live, sometimes forgetting the job he was sent to do. But as you know most movies like this, Utah finally draws the line and finds out the truth and is relentless on stopping them even if it means breaking a few laws/rules in the process.
Some great features on the new “Pure Adrenaline Edition” are deleted scenes, and plenty of featurettes. In It’s Make or Break, we get a look back from the actors, director, writers and producers and they discuss the film and characters involved. Most are update except for Keanu’s old interviews. Other than that, I’d say time has not been kind for a few of them. In the other featurettes, the cast and crew discuss the main themes behind the film: surfing, and adrenaline as well as their stay shooting in Malibu.
A little long for my tastes but the movie does keep up over time, and provides great entertainment just in some of Keanu’s lines alone. Not to mention we get to see some great footage of the actors and stunt people providing some excellent surfing and sky diving footage. It’s still unreal that some people actually get a rush on that and look for things crazier than what we see in the movie. Who thinks surfing a 50 foot wave would be safe? I can’t handle the sissy 6 footers down the Jersey shore.
-It’s Make or Break Featurette
-Ride the Wave Featurette
-Adrenaline Junkies Featurette
-On Location: Malibu Featurette
-3 Theatrical Trailers
-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 4.0
-SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
-FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
-Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Favorite Scenes: Im Fucking Surfing, man Skydiving, Car Chase after Ex Presidents, Australia
Running Time: 120 minutes