Rebooting/remaking classic and popular movies is quite common nowadays. Some of these new takes on old titles have revitalized the franchise (e.g. Planet of the Apes), but many (most?) others are pretty forgettable. A remake of 1991’s Point Break – director Kathryn Bigelow’s action movie featuring actors Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze – in one of the next re-imaginings headed down the assembly line; it’s only a matter of time until we find out if it’s a thrill adventure or just another uninventive rehash.
Director Ericson Core (Invincible) is behind the remake – which, unlike the original (a film that revolved around surfing and bank robberies), will cover quite the variety of extreme sports. The Point Break remake’s first trailer teased everything from snowboarding to rock climbing to base-jumping to (of course) surfing; a newly-released featurette takes a closer look at the real athletes who performed those (very) dangerous acts for the movie.
You can watch that Point Break featurette, above.
It may be an official remake (and feature a similar premise), but it’s clear Core’s Point Break will be quite different than Bigelow’s. Instead of surfers sporting masks of ex-Presidents and doing quick bank robberies (although, one helmet in the trailer does appear to have a President’s face on the front), Core’s film is putting these criminals into far more dangerous and “extreme” heists — and now they’re “liberating” money and valuable resources.
Core acknowledge as much in the above featurette – saying that compared to the original film, his take on Point Break will be a “much larger scale project, both in terms of the sport and the scale of the movie.”
The desire on the Point Break (2015) filmmakers’ part to branch out and offer completely different forms of excitement is understandable – seeing as popular big budget action movies and franchises (like Fast & Furious) continue to raise the bar and make thrills more and more over-the-top. Surfing may still play a key role in the remake (as this new featurette makes clear), but it looks like it won’t be nearly as significant this time compared to the other extreme sports depicted.
Will the protagonist, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), fire his gun into the air while screaming after he refuses to shoot Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez)? Will surfing just be one of the many extreme sports the villains enjoy or will it be Bodhi’s favorite one? Only time shall tell how much Core’s remake pulls from the original Point Break. And, in turn, whether moviegoers take to this new rendition.
Point Break opens in U.S. theaters on December 25th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures