HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review POINT BREAK, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the PG-13 rated drama playing on HBO. The movie premiered on Saturday, 08.20 at 8:00pm and is still airing across the channels as well as on HBOGo/HBONow.
Though POINT BREAK might be appearing on the network for the first time on the network it is actually a remake of an older movie. In 1991 the R- rated version launched under the direction of Kathryn Bigelow. It starred Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey. The 2015 version is made with a different director and cast. More about them in a bit, but note the story and characters stay the same. The plot is simple – it is a heist movie, but the unique methods utilized to pull off the capers is what sells it. A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Deep undercover, and with his life in danger, he strives to prove these athletes are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes that are devastating the world’s financial markets.
The infiltrator, Johnny Utah is played by Luke Bracey (the Reeves role). Teamed with a field agent Pappas played by Ray Winstone (the Busey role) he discovers the elite team behind the worldwide capers in places like India, Mexico and France. The head of the crooks is Bodhi played by Edgar Ramirez, embodied by the late Swayze in the original. The adrenaline rush that ensues is under the direction of Ericson Cole and plays out over 113 minutes from Alcon Productions for Warner Bros. According to the official site the movie used a large contingent to perform all the extreme sports stunts and boasts that the movie utilizes the most “daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture”. It features the “world’s best in class in big wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing and high speed motocross racing.
Here is a glimpse of it all in the trailer:
Hey, if nothing else check it out for the action! Here is what Rotten Tomatoes says:
Hey, doesn’t Hollywood make far too many unnecessary remakes; I’m thinking Ghostbusters! and Ben-Hur)! Regardless, if you like movies on HBO check out our new Movie Schedule page and let us know what you think of Point Break below.
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