I remember discussing with various friends, colleagues and a vague industry type about the question why would you remake “Point Break”. The original had a young Keanu Reeves playing new cop Johnny Utah, Patrick Swayze playing criminal mastermind surfer and a pre insanity Gary Busey rocking a Hawaiian Shirt to high standard.
It is very hard to get that chemistry right and not have the plot (which is a blahhhhh) come off looking silly. However the original is superb action filmmaking and boasts one of the most enjoyable chase scenes committed to film. A scene which relies on proper old school editing, and actors running hard, and taking bumps. (Referenced not subtly in “Hot Fuzz”).
Also remember the original had NO CGI……….was directed by Kathryn Bigelow who went on to produce the epic (well I thought so) Strange Days.
It was a testament to the acting of the often underrated Swayze that he made the character who does some pretty (to coin a Surfer phrase) hanus things in the film, actually quite likable.
So are we happy they have done this?
I am not, even though I have a soft spot for the actor Édgar Ramírez who has gravitas beyond his years, I’m not sure I want a remake.
So we had this …….and you must watch the whole trailer.
And now we have this…………
As always Love and Peace