‘Point Break’ Trailer: This Remake Swaps Surfers for Extreme Sports Enthusiasts
Today’s word is Extreme. That’s the big word in the first trailer for the Point Break remake, based on Kathryn Bigelow’s action thriller classic starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Luke Bracey takes on the Reeves role with Edgar Ramirez in place of Swayze in the new film, which transforms the adrenaline junkie surfer bank robbers into extreme sports enthusiasts with extremist ideals.
Ericson Core (Invincible) directed the remake, which centers on FBI agent Johnny Utah (Bracey), an extreme (extreme!) sportsman sent to infiltrate a group of fellow extreme sports enthusiasts/criminal masterminds led by Bodhi (Ramirez). Bracey looks more like the Bodhi type, while Ramirez looks more like the Johnny Utah type, which is an interesting choice, and probably intentional.
Also interesting about the Point Break remake, aside from the choice to expand the scope from mere surfing to all extreme sports, is the decision to make the film darker and a bit grittier than the original. Going off the trailer, it looks like these criminals aren’t about greed, but instead have some misguided ideals about robbing from the rich and giving to the poor — that skydiving scene with the huge blocks of cash is an eye-catcher, though.
Some of the world’s best athletes participate in the film, performing stunts revolving around “big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.” Fun!
In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller “Point Break,” a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes.
Point Break also stars Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer and Delroy Lindo, and hits theaters on Christmas Day.