The brand new trailer for the “Point Break” remake has just hit the internet, and it has definitely hit it hard. While the opinions are diverse to say the least, the 2015 rendition still has some convincing to do until its Christmas release date.
Despite the fact that this new version is bigger, a lot bigger than the one from 1991, most people who have seen the trailer could not help but feel a lack of substance in this new version of the main characters.
Furthermore, the story of the new film is similar only in its outline to the one from 1991, because writer Kurt Wimmer and director Ericson Core took the original story to an entirely new level and they changed the games drastically.
In the original film the fact that the bank robbers led by Bodhi were fighting the system with the aim of achieving an adrenaline filled freedom was the subtlety that stood at the core of the entire story. The scene where Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi explains his motives to Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Utah on a rainy day at the beach became an iconic moment in cinema history.
However, in this new version of “Point Break”, not only is this in the trailer, but it generates an entire cascade of stunts that defy the laws of nature and leave the audience in awe of the edge of a knife situations that the characters put themselves in.
This new premise has proven promising in similar recent films, such as “The East”, that has pretty much the same story frame. A police representative must undergo drastic changes so as to infiltrate in a group of criminals, that he is initially intent on catching, but ultimately ends up utterly enchanted by their ways and changes his views accordingly. In “The East” the made the policeman who goes undercover a police woman.
What always proves to be disappointing about these films is the fact that the characters that the audience gets to discover alongside the main character, are beyond salvation. They are doomed from the beginning of the story and the film somehow ends up leaving audiences disenchanted.
In the 2015 version of “Point Break” though, the general feeling that most viewers were left with was that Johnny Utah is somehow stronger and more charming than Bodhi. Australian actor Luke Bracey plays this new and improved Johnny Utah, and he has a more assertive approach on the character than Keanu Reeves did.
Unfortunately, Edgar Ramirez’s rendition of Bodhi falls short to Patrick Swayze’s, as he does not convey the effortless charm that was characteristic for Bodhi, not his serene understanding of life’s ways.
This new version brings this character disappointingly down to earth, despite his plans for fighting the system that are continuously keeping him in the air, whether they involve falling from the sky with a parachute or a fly suit, or outrunning a rocky avalanche on a motorbike.
There is a discrepancy in the characters’ authority and their role in the entire story, that end up making the new “Point Break” an entirely different film. There is even a slight metaphor that suggests this shift in authority. In the original film, Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Utah had beautiful black hair and Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi had wild bleached hair.
But in the remake, it is exactly the other way around, as Edgar Ramirez plays a Hispanic version of Bodhi and therefore has pitch black hair, while Luke Bracey brings his already famous golden hair to his Johnny Utah.
Katherine Bigelow’s film will remain filled with that irreplaceable 90’s charm and with the delight of subtlety, while this new rendition will rely much more on breathtaking action sequences rather than character depth to capture the audience’s attention. Unfortunately, this is a path that characterizes most of the film made nowadays, especially remakes.
It remains to be seen if Luke Bracey will manage to raise to the standards set by Keanu Reeves, because he actually does show true potential, with his masculine-core rendition of Johnny Utah. Edgar Ramirez however, has got a long way to go to even come close to Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi, which ultimately is the single most disappointing fact about this new version of the film.
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