By: The Dweeb
Dude, its hard to believe it was this long ago already, but 1991 was when Point Break rode onto the movie screens and established a new action star. Fox has released this film yet again to DVD in the ‘Pure Adrenaline’ version. Seriously guys, keep the names simple okay? Anyways, watching this film again after such a long time made it evident to me, Keanu still cannot act to save his life. Okay never mind that, Point Break is still a fun flick to watch, very dated yes, but still a good time. It brought back memories of my misspent youth robbing banks in Halloween masks to pay for the munchies and surf trips. Wait a sec, that wasn’t me bro!
Its a crazy story yet somehow it comes together really well. Add in a main bad guy/guru to make statements about societies ills and conformity as the excuse to knock down banks in their free time and it makes for some interesting stuff. But mainly its about catching the ultimate wave, and that’s all these guys care about. The action in the film gets the full adrenaline treatment, especially the skydiving and surfing stuff. By the end it just becomes a long chase sequence intertwined with the classic line, “I AM AN FBI agent!”. Sure ya are there Utah (Keanu Reeves), sure. That has to be the worst acting moment ever for him.
Speaking of acting, Swayze plays a durn good surfer jock, but Gary Busey is the one to watch. He steals almost every scene he bring in so much energy as Agent Angelo Pappas , Johnny Utah’s partner. He’s got some good lines and provides a lot of the humor to cut through the tension. This film was Keanu’s first starring role as an action hero, and it lead a bunch of other mediocre projects in the near term. So this was his trial by fire of sorts to see how he does as a lead. Meh, he’s okay. The scary part is that he has not improved his acting chops by much after all this time. Whoa dude, he’s a mimbo. He comes across as a bit thick in the head know what I mean? Well, if you can tolerate him than you’ll like the movie. I think I rolled my eyes a few times.
The DVD for this film is well made, but the transfer could stand a little cleanup. On my television you can see the film grain in certain darker scenes but otherwise it was well done. Colors are bright and crisp, and the sound isn’t bad either remastered in 5.1. There are several lengthy featurettes with interviews cobbled together both past and present. That Gary Busey is one whacked out nut job as you will see. Overall though its a decent DVD, almost good enough to own. Almost.