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Plot: In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves the ex-presidents. commit their crimes while wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend. Runtime: 120 mins Release Date: 11 Feb 1991
Movies are like Bands. People come together--maybe they're not even the greatest musicians individually--but together, something meshes and they make great music. It takes more than great musicians to make a great band. Just so, some movies, no matter how much money, talent, and horsepower is brought to bear, just don't coalesce. Others, like Point Break, come together with an ineffable "rightness" that defies any of the parts, logic, or analysis. This is one of my favorite movies. Period. Everything "works." This movie ROCKS.
How can you not like this film... (by gbenson20)
OK, sure it is just a big action film with a flimsy script and crazy stunts but.... it is filmed so great. It feels so summer in Cali. It makes you want to forget your blah zaa blah job, move to the beach and surf your azz off and have summer bonfires all night and party the night away. I have been reading others comments on why they can't understand the guilty pleasure about this movie.... Duh that's the whole idea. Yes you can like movies that have you thinking about this and that at the end. You can have movies that astound you. And of course you can have movies that can make you <more>
feel like you had a great F'N experience. This is what this movie is. Eat your popcorn. Dive into it AND have a great time. Who cares about the social impact. Enjoy it and think about this. Sex Wax! If it's in the movie, it's a FUN movie! Holla
One of the Best Action movies ever made! (by Bizkit32)
I first saw this movie when I was 10, when it debuted on HBO. I know I shouldn't have been watching it, but I loved it. The acting was superb and so was the action. I really enjoyed the part when Keanu Reeves chases Patrick Swazye through L.A. and the sky-diving was so amazing it made me want to try it. This movie would have receiived a lot more attention than what it got! I know one reason you would know this movie would be good, James Cameron produced it and everything he does gets rave reviews.No other action movie has ever really matched up to Point Break, because the movie was <more>
realistic. Somebody could go undercover and make friends with the enemy. **** out of ****
Katheryn Bigelow's 1991 action thriller "Point Break" is still a ground-breaking film of the early nineties. It tells the story of the cop John Utah Keanu Reaves hunting a bunch of bank robbers camouflaged with masks of the former U.S. presidents. His investigations leads to a group of surfers and extreme sports worshippers, and the cop becomes fascinated by the free-style philosophies and adrenaline rushes of the gang around the charismatic leader Bodhi Patrick Swayze . Their close friendship changes to a hard-fought rivalry at the end when cop and gangsters face point <more>
blank.Bigelow uses typically American surf beach settings for this unusual and very stylish action thriller with great stunts like parachuting scenes, bank robberies, a car chase, police raids, martial arts, breath-taking chases and brilliantly photographed surf sequences. Watch out for the Red Hot Chillie Peppers as a gang of brutal surf nazis beating up Keanu Reeves and being captured by him during a hard-fought police raid.But "Point Break" is even more than that - it also shows the lifestyle of the nineties in many ways. Bodie and his gang are a group of New Age-like grunge guys reaching out for the most extreme adrenaline experiences. They stand for the new style of extreme/fun sport worshippers, ravers and new spiritualists of the post-yuppie era in the nineties who don't care about wealth and status symbols but for fun, action, breaking the limits and finding the sum of all senses. "Point Break" is not only a well-done example of modern action entertainment without computer-generated special effects but also a very philosophical and spiritual study of society in the nineties.
Die Hard might be the greatest action movie of all time, but "Point Break" is not too far behind. Keanu Reeves plays federal agent Johnny Utah a role he was born to play who is teamed up with a veteran federal agent Angelo played by Gary Busey to crack the case of the ex president bank robbers. Angelo has a theory that the bank robbers are surfers, and Johnny goes undercover as a surfer to bust the bank robbers. Along the way he meets adrenaline junkie Bohdi played by Patrick Swayze. Well I am not going to give anymore away. This movie has some of the most amazing action scenes <more>
ever! It is highly entertaining and very quotable. Reeves is playing a role he was born to play next to Ted in Bill and Ted and Swayze has a lot of fun in his role. The movie is also very quotable and has a great soundtrack. So if you are in the video store looking for a good action film rent "Point Break". "Vayo Con Dios"
I must have seen this film a dozen times now, and I'm not going to stop watching it until I'm well and truly sick of it - it's just superb.Certain sequences are stunning - the camera work during the chase and free fall scenes leave you breathless, and the surfing footage is excellent. The acting is generally good, particularly Busey as a veteran FBI agent, but Keanu's usual expressionless vocals and face disappoint. The script is sharp and witty. And the stunts really shine, particularly the Bond-style psycho skydiving near the end.This is, in my opinion, a very underrated <more>
The film for an adrenaline generation (by rhino-25)
Thirteen years on it sounds a little trite - an FBI agent examines his inner self whilst trying to bring down a gang of surfer bank robbers by infiltrating their scene. But dude, how Point Break pulled this off!In what can now safely be regarded as one of the more generation-defining cinematic moments of the nineties, Point Break serves as not just a credible well-paced action thriller spectacle, but also as a voice for advocates of the adrenalin rush. The movie's sleeper popularity at the time would no doubt have helped issue in a new generation of 'X' sports for a new <more>
generation, as hungry sponsors leapt at a new market.Kathryn Bigelow takes some key pointers from then hubby James Cameron and paces the movie brilliantly. There are many key moments of unique action - that chute-less jump from 4,000 feet being the highlight - that filled the trailer, but it is the cumulative effect of bringing these moments together that adds to the picture. For so many films the denouement is a gross failure but Bigelow controls the films peaks and troughs expertly and the ending is genuinely well handled, something that appears to be a real struggle for Hollywood today.In what will go down as Patrick Swayze's finest moment on film, he plays the adrenalin guru Bodhi with glaze-eyed and silver tongued expertise, and manages to pull off the very difficult assignment of being both sane and insane simultaneously with accomplishment.You can almost feel pulled by Bodhi's enthusiasm for a sensation 'as close as you get to God', and as a result can excuse the decade for being labeled that of the 'slacker' generation. The nineties weren't about slacking, just looking for a different kind of high.
This movie has energy. The story is kinda goofy, but the direction from Kathryn Bigelow has the right amount of pacing and atmosphere. The chase scene midway through the film is a breath-taking example of what film-makers can do, if they have energy and vision. This movie is pure entertainment and a blast to watch.
You are now in the bank robbery capital of the world. (by Vishal_s_kumar)
This is a film I've seen many times and I don't remember ever seeing it quite like I did today. For the most part, my memory of the film, prior to today's screening, recalled the film's basic plot outline but failed to recall the nitty gritty details that make Point Break a superb action flick. I don't ask much more of my action movies other than they be thrilling, engaging, and entertaining, and Point Break offers all three of these attributes in heavy doses. Upon first glance and on the surface, this is a conventional action movie that manages to raise itself above the <more>
norm thanks to fantastic direction from Kathryn Bigelow, incredible stunts, solid performances from a set of A-list actors both then and now , and several plot twists, all of which add up to make Point Break one of the better action movies of the 1990s.Keanu Reeves portrays Johnny Utah, a rookie FBI agent fresh out of Quantico who is eager to please and get his feet wet. He is paired with a veteran agent with an attitude, Pappas Gary Busey , and is immediately put on the case of a string of high-profile bank robberies committed by a quartet of men dubbed "The Ex-Presidents," so named for the masks they wear as they commit their crimes we see Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon Johnson . Pappas suspects the criminals are surfers based not only on tan lines seen in surveillance camera footage but also on the fact that the robberies only occur in the summer months, leading him to believe that the robberies are connected to the procurement of monies to fund winter surfing expeditions elsewhere in the world. With only one month left before they suspect the string of robberies will conclude until the following summer, Utah goes undercover into the world of surfing and meets Tyler Lori Petty , a girl whom Utah convinces to help him learn to surf after she saves him from a near-death experience on the waves. Once deeper into this world, Utah, through Tyler, meets Bodhi, a world-class adrenaline junkie who accepts Utah into his gang. Utah's loyalties, ambitions, and emotions will be tested as he finds himself deeper and more involved in this seemingly innocent corner of the world where not everything, or everyone, is as it appears.There's quite a bit to like about Point Break for action/adrenaline film enthusiasts. Keanu Reeves, before he was Jack or Neo, was Johnny Utah in Point Break, a role which put him on the map of action stars and paved the way for him to star in the biggest hits of his career. For as much flack as he gets, he's simply perfect in this role; his persona and demeanor are without equal for the Utah character, and he brings to the role a fantastic screen presence and chemistry with his co-stars, notably Patrick Swayze, also in one of his better roles, but this is not necessarily one of his better performances. Both actors are a natural fit for the film; everything from their appearances to their mannerisms and to their grasp of the underlying tones and conflicts of the story, not to mention their fantastic ability to put on a great show during the various action sequences, help set Point Break apart from other, lesser, dime-a-dozen action vehicles. Also appearing are several actors of note, including John C. McGinley and Tom Sizemore in a cameo appearance.Of course, director Kathryn Bigelow's fantastic direction, eye for action, and keen sense of how to effectively weave a first-rate story is the foundation upon which Point Break is built. Bigelow does a fantastic job in creating a tense, exciting action movie. She knows how to handle the various surprises the movie throws at the audience with unflinching authority, conveying every emotion and twist with almost unparalleled ease and grace, all the while maintaining the tense, blood-and-guts, gritty feel of the movie. Point Break reveals its secrets far earlier than most action movies do, both to the audience and to the characters, and this is perhaps the best aspect of the film. It dares to be different in many regards, this being the most engaging example. It breaks formulas and conventions without isolating itself or pretending to be anything but a slick, well-paced, exciting action flick. All of this combined with its first-rate stunts and sequences including two fantastic skydiving sequences, the first of which is easily the best sequence in the film thanks not only to its fantastic visuals but also due to the perfect placement of the exciting yet laid back music that accompanies it , Point Break is an action movie lover's delight.