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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Point Break is a remake of the 1991 movie of the same name -- and, like most remakes, it's not worth much. Some teens, especially extreme sports nuts, may be interested (especially given that this version is rated PG-13, as opposed to the original's R), but its shelf life is guaranteed to be fairly short. Expect tons of dangerous stunts (none of which should be attempted by non-professionals), with characters getting injured -- bloody faces are shown -- and dying. There's also fighting, shooting, car chases/crashes, and explosions. Characters kiss and have a brief sex scene; they're clearly topless, but nothing sensitive is shown. Many bikini-clad women are shown dancing at parties. Joints are briefly shown, several characters hold drinks at parties (though they're not shown drinking), and several characters smoke regular cigarettes. Language includes "s--t," "bulls---t," and "a--hole."
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What's the story?
Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is an extreme sports enthusiast -- until his best friend (Max Thieriot) dies during a stunt. Years later, Utah joins the FBI and learns about a group of extreme sports enthusiasts who use their skills to rob banks and then give the money away. Utah is sent to investigate, and he joins up with Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez), a man who's dedicated himself to completing the "Osaki 8": eight nearly impossible ordeals designed to honor the forces of nature. As Utah learns more about the spiritual aspect of Bodhi's quest -- and gets involved with the pretty Samsara (Teresa Palmer) -- it becomes increasingly difficult to complete his mission. Not to mention that he could lose his life.
Is it any good?
Like many remakes, this adventure yarn seems designed more like a soulless factory product, a calculated grab at some overseas profits, than anything anyone actually wanted to be involved with. Based on Kathryn Bigelow's terrific 1991 movie, the updated POINT BREAK copies the basic idea but strips away most of the original's nuance and feeling; this one is unbendingly simple, with few tough decisions or emotional struggles.
Even with all the stunts -- photographed with an annoyingly busy, roving camera -- it feels like very little is actually at stake here. (It's pretty easy to predict when any of the characters is going to die.) There's no suspense; plus, the dialogue is heavy on plot exposition and blatantly obvious statements, and pop music is awkwardly relied upon. Ramirez can't match Patrick Swayze in the original; Bracey doesn't even come close to Keanu Reeves, and Palmer looks like she's turned off her brain, emphasizing her cleavage over her talent. "Point"-less, indeed.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Point Break's violence. What's the appeal of extreme sports? Does this movie make them look appealing or cool? How does this kind of violence compare to other types of media action violence? Which has the most impact, and why?
How is Bodhi trying to protect the Earth? Is his plan viable? What else can be done?
How does this remake compare to the original? Why do you think Hollywood continues to put out remakes?
How does the movie handle its sex scene? What effect does it have? Do you think it's necessary to the story?
- In theaters: December 25, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: March 29, 2016
- Cast: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer
- Director: Ericson Core
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Run time: 113 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material
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