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Point Break just might be the most pointless remake yet (Total Recall is a close second) with uninspiring performances, save maybe for Ray Winstone’s limited role, including Luke Bracey as such a bland main character, even the more reliable Edgar Ramirez did little for me as the charismatic villain.

 

 

Point Break
(2015)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Action, Crime, Adventure
Warner Bros. | PG13 – 114 min. – $27.99 | March 29, 2016

Date Published: 04/05/2016 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Ericson Core
Writer(s): W. Peter Iliff (screenplay, Motion Picture Point Break), Rick King & W. Peter Iliff (story, Motion Picture Point Break); Rick King & W. Peter Iliff and Kurt Wimmer (story), Kurt Wommer (screenplay)
Cast: Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo, Ray Winstone, Matias Varela, Clemens Schick, Tobias Santelman, Max Thieriot
DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurettes, Deleted Scenes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 3
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 7.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 39.1 GB (3D BD), 35.1 GB (2D BD)
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


THE MOVIE – 2.0/5

Sadly, remakes are just about the norm in Hollywood these days and more often than not, they, well, suck. But the worse ones are those that remake good movies, such is the case with this lifeless 2015 version of Point Break, a movie with plenty of spectacular stunt work but little else of worth.

Johnny Utah (LUKE BRACEY) was a famous extreme sports athlete who, following the death of his best friend during a stunt gone wrong, joins the FBI hoping to become an agent. When a string of robberies around the world catches the attention of the Feds, Utah sees a pattern from the perpetrators: they are attempting to complete the Ozaki 8, a list of 8 accomplishments, of the extreme measure of course, to honor Mother Nature. Utah knows where they’ll be next, in the middle of the ocean off the coast of France, to ride a rare wave from the wake of a major storm. He’s sent there to meet an agent in the UK office, Pappas (RAY WINSTONE).

At the site of the wave, where the rich and glamorous gather for one hell of a party, Utah encounters Bodhi (EDGAR RAMIREZ), an extreme athlete in his own right though he’s not doing it for money or fame but getting in tune with nature… or something along those lines. Anyway, Bodhi rides a gnarly wave at the same point Utah does but when he gets rolled underwater, Bodhi dives in and saves his life. Bodhi shows Utah around and we are introduced to his crew: Grommet (MATIAS VARELA), Roach (CLEMENDS SCHTICK) and Chowder (TOBIAS SANTELMAN). Utah also meets the beautiful Samsara (TERESA PALMER) whom we later learn is friends with Bodhi and his gang.

Unable to provide his superior (DELROY LINDO) with evidence Bodhi is behind the crimes, Utah takes it upon himself to infiltrate the group and while at first the others don’t exactly warm up to him, he participates in the next series of the Ozaki 8 while he also learns a few lessons from Bodhi.

As I stated earlier, remakes are now a common thing but there are many instances where one is absolutely unnecessary and this one of those movies. But beyond that, there’s not much here to latch on to. Luke Bracey hardly has any charisma compared with Keanu Reeves (take that for what you will) but he can’t really act. Edgar Ramirez might be a solid enough actor otherwise yet here he’s doesn’t quite have the charm where one would follow his every word. The only positive thing I can say about the cast is Ray Winstone however, he’s only in it for maybe 10 minutes.

On the plus side, Point Break does feature some impressive stunts with plenty of practical effects that look amazing. The wingsuit sequence is actually beautiful and the sky dive scene is stunning, it’s just a shame we don’t get a better screenplay, oddly written by Kurt Wimmer, and actors who could make you give a damn about any of them. I’d suggest instead of spending your money on the remake, check out the 1987 original or the first remake, 2000’s The Fast and the Furious, either one would be a better option.

In the end, this just was not necessary. Is it technically speaking terrible? No and I’ve seen far worse and would probably choose this over some of the crap I’ve had to sit through, but even so, outside of the stunts, the acting isn’t any good and it’s an all around forgettable flick.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5

This release comes with a lenticular slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

There are several short mini-featurettes that briefly breakdown some of the stunt sequences: Rock Climbing (1:52; HD), Wingsuit Flying (2:16; HD), Snowboarding (1:58; HD), and Motocross (1:55; HD)

Deleted Scenes (8:17; HD) – All told we get four scenes, none of which were necessary nor make the movie any better, though we do get the intro to Winstone.

Last up is Domestic Trailer #1 (2:35; HD) and Domestic Trailer #2 (2:34; HD).

 


2D VIDEO – 4.25/5 | 3D VIDEO – 4.0/5

Warner Home Video releases Point Break onto Blu-ray shown in its original 2.40 theatrical presentation with a 1080p high-definition transfer. One would think this would be reference quality work and although it does look nice, with some bright colors and fine detail, it’s not quite as sharp compared with other new releases and there were some minor banding in places. All in all, it’s a good transfer but nothing more.

The 3D version also has much to be desired. Depth is OK in many spots and I do appreciate the filmmakers didn’t employ the usual tricks for the format, it’s nothing I’d call impressive. The stunt scenes, such as out of a plane or the wing suit sequence, is the most remarkable aspect whiles the general scenes (sit and talk) is pretty flat and indiscernible from the regular film.

 

AUDIO – 4.25/5

The movie comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track which is robust especially with the extreme sports action sequences while also providing for clean dialogue levels for the few quieter, more introspective moments. The only drawback I found was that the LFE channel, while present, didn’t have much vigor to it so it’s not what I’d call the complete package with this lossless track.

 



OVERALL – 2.5/5

Overall, Point Break just might be the most pointless remake yet (Total Recall is a close second) with uninspiring performances, save maybe for Ray Winstone’s limited role, including Luke Bracey as such a bland main character, even the more reliable Edgar Ramirez did little for me as the charismatic villain. This is the type of movie that will eventually be on TV and disappoint many after realizing it’s the remake and not the original. The Blu-ray released by Warner offers some thin bonus material while the video and audio transfers are generally well done.

 

 

 

 

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  1. For me movie was so good because like some extreme sports. This movie show some excellent looking stunts, i was just a little disappointed about video but more about sound, why they dont give us to Blu-ray Dolby Atmos or DTS:X? It will be great…

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