Most millennials would’ve probably heard of “Point Break” from the references to it from Edgar Wright’s 2007 collaboration with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg “Hot Fuzz”. That is if they weren’t too busy shoving their faces into their mobile devices.
Remakes aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Sure update a movie if its themes need an update or if there’s truly something new that can be brought to the table. Even if ultimately the grand experiment fails (none grander in ambition than Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “Psycho”) it succeeds it creating awareness for the original.
Watching this first trailer for 2015 remake of “Point Break” makes me long to re-watch the 1991 original.
Other than the Edgar Wright “shout out” the original remains memorable for several reasons. Not only did it allow 80’s heartthrob Patrick Swayze a chance to stretch his acting range by playing the anti-hero of the piece but also helped Keanu Reeves shed his surfer dude image. Well somewhat.
What is probably the most remarkable part is this testosterone filled saga of double crosses and extreme thrills was made by a female director! How many action flicks since then can you say were helmed by the fairer sex? Before she received critical acclaim for her hunt for Bin Laden flick “Zero Dark Thirty” Kathryn Bigelow was a struggling filmmaker looking for her big break. “Point Break” was that break.
There’s sadly nothing remarkable about the 2015 reincarnation. What puzzles me is the original, besides being highly regarded by fans and critics, isn’t really a marque title which lends itself to immediate recognition and buzz. Maybe it’s a rights issue and they had to greenlight a remake or just maybe the script was just too compelling to pass on. Lets hope Christmas 2015 we find out it’s the latter.
Point Break will be released in the U.S. on Christmas day 2015. A release date for Singapore and Malaysia is unavailable at the time of publishing.