I really doubted that there will ever be a modern movie that’s so bad that it’s good. However, this 2015 Point Brake remake proved me wrong. It’s pure gold for every bad movie lover, starting from the vibe surrounding the movie to the story and the general style. Directed by Ericson Core who did the cinematography for The Fast and the Furious franchise, Point Break has visually stunning. It makes the movie incredibly easy to watch, especially with great locations and exciting stunts coming at you every 15 minutes. However, everything else is just so lame and yet so honest that it sets the mood perfectly for one of the cheesiest unintentional comedies ever. The whole thing feels like it’s a production by Red Bull. Like they just wanted to make a longer, adrenaline-fueled clip on YouTube.
The characters and their motivations are incredibly stereotypical and simplistic. Everyone is here, from easy and yet passionate females who are all incredibly sexy to strong and brooding male leaders. Mix this with the hipster/hippie craze and you got yourself a nice collection of characters who never fail to disappoint with their “witty” and “clever” remarks. It was so satisfying to watch their attempts to create an enlightened socially conscious eco-friendly narrative turning into hilarious garbage. Every cliché is present and the dialogue is hilarious. Just gather your friends and get ready to die laughing.
I felt that the characters and the crew on set were so far away from the reality that they didn’t even notice that the story doesn’t make sense. And this is good, in fact, this is phenomenal! They really tried their best and actually did what was asked of them and this is why the movie works. It takes itself really seriously and the humor just flows from there. It’s like you’re watching Tropic Thunder but for real.
When your main problem are eco-terrorists, you’re in some serious trouble. It’s amazing how masculinity changed from the nineties to whatever the fuck years we’re in. Here you’ll be able to see some tatted-up criminals looking like they just came out of the thrift shop. This new age mantra that’s actually true in some aspects is taken to some new heights here. It all feels so pretentious and vain that there’s no other option but to laugh.
You can take any event from the movie and it will be consistently outrageous. How are you going to save the forest? By dumping a tone of paper on it and flying into a hole in the ground. How are you going to reach enlightenment? By doing the Osaki 8. Now, I know all this doesn’t make any sense now, but after you’ve seen Point Break it will make even less sense. You will laugh, you will cry, from laughing, but above all, you will be entertained. And remember, the only law that matters is gravity.
Director: Ericson Core
Writers: Rick King, W. Peter Iliff, Kurt Wimmer
Cast: Edgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Matias Varela, Clemens Schick, Tobias Santelmann
Fun Facts: Teresa Palmer did most of her own stunts, despite this being her first acting job after she gave birth to her son Bohdi.
IMDb Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2058673/