Outside of Nick Frost’s character in Hot Fuzz, you won’t find a bigger fan of Point Break than me. Before she won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker and raised controversy with her excellent Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow directed one of the most over-the-top, adrenaline-fueled action films ever made. Keanu Reeves stars as Johnny Utah, a hotshot FBI agent who goes undercover to bust a gang of extreme sports-loving thieves led by Patrick Swayze. Sound familiar? That’s because if you trade the extreme sports for illegal street racing, it’s pretty much the same exact plot as the original The Fast and The Furious. (More on this in a second.)
Now, Deadline has announced that a director named Ericson Core has been hired by Alcon Entertainment to helm a remake of Point Break. So who is Ericson Core, you ask? He’s only directed one feature so far: the Mark Wahlberg underdog sports film Invincible. But there’s something a bit more interesting on his resume that better relates to this Point Break remake…Core was also the director of photography for the first The Fast and The Furious. (Insert Inception BRAHM noise here.)
Invincible was actually pretty solid (check it out if you’ve never seen it), and Core clearly has experience shooting a film that’s remarkably similar to the original Point Break, so if anybody is going to be directing a remake, he’s probably one of the most qualified people to handle it. But should it even happen at all? Point Break was released in 1991, and it had a sort of 90s goofiness and sincerity to it that can’t be recaptured today. Keanu Reeves’ performance is terrible, but it’s actually become iconic because of how awful he is in this film, so asking anyone to replicate that seems unfair. The late Patrick Swayze (RIP) was one-dimensional as the surfing guru Bodhi, but he also had a calm, zen-like nature about him that made this character unique. How are you going to find two actors who share that same cinematic bromance? And seriously, do you think a scene like this could be made today with the same sense of awe and wonder that it was back then?
Movies like the Wesley Snipes vehicle Drop Zone (1994) and the Tom Berenger film Cutaway (2000) tried to copy the Point Break template and weren’t nearly as successful. Can a straight-up remake work in 2014 when the original was so much a product of its time? Especially in the wake of The Fast and The Furious, I feel like audiences won’t embrace this movie because they’ll feel as if they’ve seen it all before. Today’s culture thrives on irony and sarcasm, and I’m not sure if anyone can recreate the way that Point Break was utterly ridiculous but felt totally genuine at the same time. I guess we can be thankful they aren’t making that awful-sounding sequel that was rumored a few years ago, but what do you think? Is a remake of Point Break a good idea? Sound off below.
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