Point Break (2015)
Point Break is a 2015 action thriller film directed by Ericson Core and written by Kurt Wimmer which he co-produced with John Baldecchi, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Christopher Taylor, and David Valdes. An American-German-Chinese co-production, this film is a remake of the 1991 film Point Break. The film stars Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo and Ray Winstone.
Thrill-seeking criminals perform a series of daredevil stunts to steal money and gems, only to give them away to the poor and less fortunate. Training for a job with the FBI, young recruit Johnny Utah suspects that only extreme athletes could pull off these heists. Utilizing his own special skills, Utah infiltrates the gang of thieves after befriending their charismatic leader, Bodhi. As Johnny experiences the rush of their lifestyle, his superiors fear that his loyalties are being tested.
- The story is pretty much the same, except it's set in the present-day world.
- The performances are off-balance.
- The plot goes nowhere.
- While the original 1991 version of this film was rated R, this version was chopped down to a PG-13 rating.
- This film doesn't have the same charm the original had.
- The actors who play the roles of the originals (eg. Luke Bracey's performance as Johnny Utah, originally played by Keanu Reeves) weren't that entertaining.
- The Luke Bracey version of Johnny Utah is already an expert at stunts while Keanu Reeves' version was not so experienced.
- Bad direction by Ericson Core.
- The action is decent and fun to watch.
- Some of the stunts are pretty good, but will never match up the 1991 version.
- The soundtrack is good.
- The cinematography is decent to look at.
The film was released theatrically in China on December 4, 2015 by the China Film Group. In the U.S., it was released on December 25, 2015 in 3D and RealD 3D and unlike the original, which was released by Fox, this version was released by Warner Bros. The film received negative reviews from critics and audiences. The film currently holds an 11% "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 3.6 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Loaded with dazzling action but bereft of purpose, the Point Break remake will be remembered as the first film to make audiences pine for the simultaneous presences of Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 34 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.
The film opened at #8 on its opening weekend grossing $9,800,252 at the U.S. box office. The weeks following, it grossed $28,782,481 domestically. In foreign territories, it made $104,936,230, and overall the film made $133,718,711 worldwide against its $105 million budget making it a box office disappointment.