‘Point Break’ Is Getting the Remake Treatment: What’s Next, ‘Casablanca’?
A lot of people think of “Point Break” as a joke—nothing more than the ultimate B-movie. The film’s plot admittedly leans heavily on the ridiculous side, and it’s coupled with incredibly corny dialogue. “Point Break” basically begged to be ridiculed. However over the past 20 years the film has made the transition from being mocked to fiercely beloved. “Point Break” never aspired to take home Oscar gold—it was made to entertain, and in that regard it’s been one of the greatest action films of the past 20 years.
News surfaced yesterday that “Point Break” is going to join the never-ending list of films about to suffer through unnecessary remakes or baffling franchise reboots. According to Vulture, Alcon Entertainment is trying to fast track a Kurt Wimmer script into production. The plot is rumored to switch from surfing to a different extreme sport.
I’m honestly getting sick of writing about this, because the blatant laziness of nearly every Hollywood studio absolutely disgusts me. Over the course of the past two years since I came to Death and Taxes, I’ve read about “Top Gun,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Footloose,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Beetlejuice” and now “Point Break” remakes. Each time a new film is mentioned a little bit of my cinematic soul dies, and this bullshit seems to be happening every week.
Now, “Point Break” may not be a cinematic masterpiece, and god knows I could do without listening to or looking at Lori Petty for two hours. Nonetheless it was directed by Academy Award winner Katheryn Bigelow, and it did star two of the biggest movie stars of the past quarter century in Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. In fact, Swayze’s performance as Bodhi is strangely mesmerizing and arguably one of the greatest of his career. He takes the role of a bizarre free-spirit who enjoys surfing and masterminding bank-robberies and completely owns it. Bodhi’s character is compelling simply because of Swayze’s tour-de-force performance — in the hands of a lesser actor the role would be complete caricature.
The hell with Johnny Utah, this is Patrick Swayze’s movie, and to remake his finest performance insults his memory — it’s ten times more brazenly idiotic than jumping out of a plane without a parachute.