Some remakes are great. John Carpenter’s The Thing is my personal favourite. Some remakes don’t live up to the original, but are still fun. 2014’s Robocop was a lot better than it had any right to be. There are some remakes though, that are both so unnecessary and so unrelated to the original property, that you have to wonder how they ever got made. Point Break is that film. It’s also complete garbage.
Johnny ‘Utah’ (Luke Bracey) (not his real name in this film) is just your regular extreme sporting YouTube celebrity / FBI trainee agent, who starts to see a pattern in a number of major crimes being committed around the world, because they all involve extreme sports. Of course his superiors don’t believe him, apart from his angry chief, who believes in his raw talent. This leads him to go undercover, and infiltrate the unnamed extreme sports gang, lead by the impossibly cool Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). Yes, this film exists, but no, I don’t know how it happened.
This film is so bad it made me angry. I couldn’t believe some of the stupid things that happened in this film. I’m not talking about the bad acting, the complete lack of character development, the way that scenes that should have excited were shot and edited so badly that they were incredibly boring, the stupid dialogue that no real person would ever say, or even the way parts of this film completely contradict each other.
Well, I am talking about that, but there’s more. The fact that four men who all smoke would choose to light a fire by rubbing two sticks together instead of using a lighter. The fact that in the scene at an abandoned train station, there are constantly train sound effects. The cheap Halloween cut make-up that the characters somehow get from being punched in the face, despite the fact that they weren’t cut in those places in the fight.
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