While the upcoming film slate has far more than its fair share of remakes and reboots of existing properties, few may garner as much backlash from existing fans as this year's Point Break remake. The original 1991 film -- directed by future The Hurt Locker Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow -- is heralded by many as one of the best action movies ever made, thanks in large part to the excellent casting of Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze in the lead roles.
In the new version, actors Luke Bracey (The November Man) and Édgar Ramírez (Deliver Us From Evil) step into the respective roles of FBI agent Johnny Utah and mysterious outlaw Bodhi. Director Ericson Core, who fittingly served as director of photography on the first The Fast and the Furious in 2001 (considered by many to be an unofficial Point Break remake), has placed an emphasis on capturing the film's elaborate stuntwork.
Now Warner Bros. has released a second trailer for the new Point Break that focuses even more on the extreme sports that Bodhi's team of criminals employs in their various heists than its predecessor. In addition, the new footage further explains what Bodhi is up to - as set up by the screenplay from Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Total Recall (2012)) - and reveals a better look at the insane surfing and motorcycle scenes featured in the film's action set pieces and sequences.
Moviegoers who still hold a special place in their heart for Bigelow's Point Break may bristle at the very thought of this remake, but younger viewers and those with little to no reverence for the Reeves-Swayze bromance in the original may find lots to enjoy in the new version. Some of the action scenes are visually impressive, which may be enough to differentiate the new Point Break from more CGI-heavy offerings arriving in late 2015.
After all, the storyline of Johnny Utah's infiltration of Bodhi's gang is a fairly basic setup, one which was (as mentioned) echoed in the original Fast and Furious installment. What may ultimately make or break the film is the chemistry between Bracey and Ramirez, as there has already been a bit of controversy surrounding Point Break's casting. Fans will find out soon enough if the new Point Break can escape the shadow of the first one.
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Point Break hits theaters on December 25th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures