A lot of people will tell you that they love Point Break in an ironic way because the film is “so bad, it’s good.” I’m not one of those people. I legitimately love that film: everything from the premise, to Swayze’s zen performance, to supporting characters like Gary Busey and John C. McGinley, to Kathryn Bigelow’s awesome action scenes, and – yes – even Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah. I’ve even been to Point Break Live in Los Angeles, an interactive stage version of the movie at which that night’s Johnny Utah is pulled from the crowd and reads cue cards for the whole show. It’s just as awesome as it sounds.
I’ve written a lot about the upcoming remake of Point Break, but if you haven’t read any of those pieces, I’ll summarize my thoughts on it again here: I’m not opposed to all remakes, but I think The Fast and the Furious is a good enough retold version of this story, so I’m not quite sure why this remake needs to exist.
All that being said, I’m glad that Gerard Butler had to back out of his role as Bodhi, because I truly don’t think there’s anyone who can give a performance on the level of what Swayze did in the original. But that doesn’t mean someone isn’t going to give it a shot. According to a press release, actor Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty, The Bourne Ultimatum) has been officially confirmed as taking over that role, and he’ll join up-and-comer Luke Bracey (who will play Johnny Utah). Ramirez is a talented guy, and he doesn’t have nearly the same level of fame (at least here in the U.S.) that Butler does, so I feel like that gives him a better chance of at least trying to carve out his own take on Bodhi and make it memorable for audiences.
It also appears as if this project as a whole is going to try to carve out its own path separate from Bigelow’s (excellent) original film, because they’re utilizing real life extreme sports athletes as stuntmen to pull off some of the movie’s more insane action sequences. Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
The film marks an extraordinarily ambitious shoot involving some of the most daring stunts ever committed to film. Extreme sports featured include surfing 70-foot waves, snowboarding, wingsuit flying, free rock climbing, and high speed motorcycle stunts.
Locations set for filming include Germany, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Venezuela, French Polynesia, and India.
Renowned extreme athletes performing stunts in the film include surfers Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Brian Keaulana and Ahanu Tson-dru; snowboarders Lucas De Bari, Ralph Backstrom, Mitch Toelderer, Mike Basich and Xavier De La Rue; motorcyclists Riley Harper and Oakley Lehman; wingsuit stunt pilots Jeb Corliss, Jon Devore, Julian Boulle, Noah Bahson and Michael Swanson, and free climber Chris Sharma, among others.
Well, if nothing else, this should at least be really cool on a visual level. With athletes like that attached, it’s probably safe to say we’ll see things in this film that we’ve never seen in an action movie before. So even though I’m not what you’d call “excited” about this remake, I’m at least intrigued by it. What do you think? Do you love the original, or think it’s so bad, it’s good? What are your thoughts on the sequel? Think Ramirez will make a good Bodhi? Let us know below.
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