Point Break (1991)

Movie Title: Point Break

Year Released: 1991

Rated: R

Runtime: 2h 3min

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writer: W. Peter Iliff, James Cameron

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Review: After a string of bizarre bank robberies in Southern California, with the crooks donning masks of various former presidents, a federal agent, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), infiltrates the suspected gang. But this is no ordinary group of robbers. They're surfers -- led by the charismatic Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) -- who are addicted to the rush of thievery. But when Utah falls in love with a female surfer, Tyler (Lori Petty), who is close to the gang, it complicates his sense of duty. How will Johnny Utah balance his love for Tyler, his friendship with Bodhi, and his relentless pursuit of the Ex-Presidents? Point Break proves to be a fun 90's action movie. Reeves is mostly in his wheelhouse here as an undercover surfer bro. Swayze's Bodhi proves to be an antagonist that you can't help but develop a soft spot for, as he and Johnny Utah's relationship evolves into a frenemy dynamic that is a lot of fun to watch. The movie is unrealistic and cheesy at times, and some of the secondary cast leaves much to be desired in terms of being taken seriously. However, Point Break excels as a thrill-seeking, adrenaline-filled action flick that is sure to keep you entertained. ¬°Vaya con Dios!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Patrick Swayze, who participated in skydiving as a hobby, was told to stop for insurance purposes, once production began. Producers coaxed him into the agreement with the promise of letting the star do one actual skydive on-screen. The uncut shot of Bodhi yelling "Adios amigo!" and falling from the plane, features Swayze actually making a jump.


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