Point Break (1991)

"Amazing! Fucking Amazing!"

“Amazing! Fucking Amazing!”

It was only a matter of time before Point Break made it onto Schlock Wave. There was a period in my life where I’d watch this every single weekend. Though I don’t watch it nearly as much as I used to, the charm hasn’t worn off after countless views.

Keanu Reeves stars as Johnny Utah, a new hire with the FBI in Los Angeles, working in bank robbery. He’s teamed up with Angelo Pappas (Gary Busey) who’s none-too-happy to have to deal with a “blue-flame special quarter-back punk” like Utah. The two, however, end up getting along famously, and Pappas finally tells Utah his theory on the Ex-

Tyler & Johnny 4-Eva

Tyler & Johnny 4-Eva

Presidents, a gang of bank robbers who’ve hit 30+ banks in the last few years. The theory? The Ex-Presidents are surfers. The rest of the division thinks Pappas is a nutjob, but Utah is “young, dumb and full of come” enough to go along with Pappas’ hare-brained idea.

In a town full of surfers, how will they find the right group of bank robbers? Well, obviously, the answer is to put Utah undercover and send him out to the beach. His in? Tyler Endicott (Lori Petty), a cheeky surfer

Of course Anthony Kiedis is in this movie.

Of course Anthony Kiedis is in this movie.

chick who’s in with just the right crowd. She teaches him to surf, falls in love with him, and introduces him to the end-all, be-all surfer type: Bodhi (you know, after the Bodhisattva), brilliantly played by Patrick Swayze (R.I.P.). It’s not long before Utah is swallowed up into the mad world of midnight surfing adrenaline junkies.

Point Break is a great action flick. Every time I watch it, certain moments

Serious Bodhi.

Serious Bodhi.

still keep me on the edge of my seat, even though I know what’s going to happen. But it’s more than that, too, despite Keanu Reeves’ terrible acting (which is highlighted by how damn good Swayze is here). It’s a movie about gray areas. Unlike every Chuck Norris movie you’ve never seen, it doesn’t pit saintly good guy against evil bad guy, because that’s not the way the world works. Instead, Point Break shows us how complicated the world is; that people are much more complex than the sum of their actions. It shows us that the law is not the determining factor of someone’s worth. And it shows us that the world is best understood through the eyes of the surfing mystic. It doesn’t get much better than this.


3 Responses to “Point Break (1991)”

  1. 1 ladyfaceladyface
    March 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    And it shows us that Tyler is a girl’s name.

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