Movie Of the Week: Point Break (1991)

Kathryn Bigelow directs Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey in the action thriller where a rookie FBI agent learns to surf, hoping catch a gang of bank robbing hedonists.

Seminal genre cinema. The surfing, skydiving and barely concealed homoerotic subtext have an almost spiritual flow. When action happens it is fast and brutal. The pounding, weaving footchase is the highlight. And all the jeopardy is pretty immersive and rattling, the plot supplies a second half jam packed with stunts and barneys. Reeves turns a little corner here, moving away from himbo comedy projects and maturing towards the fine A-Lister we know and love. “100%, Utah. Good job!” Swayze is off on another plane, existential villain / guru. Busey and Lori Petty make stock roles likeable, memorable. Mark Isham’s crashing score keeps the pace. Fantastic Saturday night on the VHS rental – Michael Mann meets extreme sports fever dream. “Little hand says it’s time to Rock’N’Roll!”


Perfect Double Bill: Roadhouse (1989)

Check out my wife Natalie’s Point Horror blog

We also do a podcast together called The Worst Movies We Own. It is available on Spotify or here


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