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4.0 out of 5 stars "Punk, Quarterback punk...", October 17, 2006
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This review is from: Point Break (Pure Adrenaline Edition) (DVD)
Generally panned by critics upon its release, Point Break has gone on to enjoy something of a minor cult following among action film fans who enjoy its breathlessly choreographed action sequences involving daring bank heists, car chases, skydiving and, of course, surfing - one of the film's most important selling points. The film came along after Patrick Swayze's phenomenal success with Ghost and he went completely in the opposite direction with this film. Point Break also proved to be a warm-up for Keanu Reeves who would become a full-fledged action hero with Speed a few years later.

Point Break trots out and downright revels in stereotypes: Utah is the all-American good guy, Pappas is the burn out cop and they are constantly being chewed out by their jerk-off boss (McGinley) for their screwball antics. Surprisingly, it's Swayze's Zen master/surfer/bank robber that doesn't fall into an easy stereotype and comes across as the most interesting, charismatic character in the entire movie. And you have to give the credit to Swayze and his oddly fascinating performance. There is a nice scene where he tells Utah his philosophy of surfing, "It's a state of mind. It's that place where you lose yourself and find yourself." We find ourselves rooting not for Reeves' bland FBI agent but Swayze's thrillseeking surfer.

Point Break is the epitome of a guilty pleasure: to dumb to defend rationally but with action sequences too cool to dismiss totally. It's a big, loud comic book of a movie and it knows it and has the conviction to go for it. But is it worth purchasing on DVD if you already own a copy?

First up are eight deleted scenes that include more footage of Utah trying to surf. We also see him get more grief from his boss for his undercover work. There are other little bits of excised footage that doesn't really amount to all that much.

"It's Make or Break" is a retrospective featurette. Busey, Petty and Swayze all contribute new interviews for this DVD and talk about their experiences making the movie.

"Ride the Wave" examines the spirituality of surfing. The ocean is a double-edged sword - at once very beautiful but also very dangerous. This extra also takes a brief look at the surfer culture.

"Adrenaline Junkies" examines the exciting stunts staged in the movie. Like his character, Swayze was into skydiving but the studio did not want him to do it. However, if you look at the first skydiving sequence, he really jumped out of the plane!

"On Location: Malibu" is a more light-hearted extra as two of the Ex-Presidents (who were actual surfers) John Philbin and Bojesse Christopher take us on a mini-tour of key locations in Malibu used in the movie. They crack jokes and reminisce about key scenes.

Also included are three trailers and a behind-the-scenes stills gallery.
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Initial post: Nov 7, 2006 12:57:37 PM PST
Shargors says:
Very insightful review. The movie is old but is still so good.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2007 9:20:31 AM PDT
Cubist says:
Thanks. Yeah, it's a guilty pleasure to be sure. And the surfing scenes are so beautifully shot!

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 9:40:05 PM PDT
ari180 says:
Cubist, this is a great review. It's been a while since I saw this flick, but you have a really good take on it, and manage to convey a lot of what's special about it without giving away any spoilers. That's a tough combination, and you're to be respected for not just pulling it off, but for doing so very articulately.
As good as the review itself is, though, you've done a great public service by letting us know (as Amazon so often doesn't) eactly what all the extras amount to, so that other buyers can make a better decision about whether it's worth the price difference (at this moment, nearly double -- not that it's a huge amopunt at about $3.50 vs about $7, but still, that adds up over hundreds or thousands of DVD purchases) to go for the "special" edition, especially when it's not even a 2-disc vs 1-disc difference. (Clearly worth it in this case -- but I'd never have known that if it weren't for you.)
Reviewers like you are a big part of what makes the Amazon site work so well. Thanks for taking the time and putting out the energy out for everyone else's benefit, and props to Amazon for making such a great resource available.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2008 8:55:11 AM PDT
Cubist says:
ari180:

Thank you for nice compliments! Yeah, I am always frustrated by reviews for DVDs that don't talk about the extras and if they are any good or not. I guess you could go to a DVD reviewing website but sometimes I just can't be bothered while I'm surfing through Amazon.com. Anyways, thanks again!

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 4:55:04 PM PST
E. Detlefsen says:
Perhaps the Perfect Review!

Off topic..but when..Some "Stranger"..Writes down..what amounts to Ones Own Thoughts..its an odd sensation!

When I Watch "Point Break"..I'm..BLOWN AWAY..by Swayze.

This IS really..a Fine Performance.

The Man Did Not Receive The Credit He Deserved for A Number of Roles.

But..As "Bodi" Swayze..its..well.."Oddly Fascinating". Seriously..thats the Perfect Description because there really is something.."Odd"..about the Performance..and Fascinating.

Swayze HAS..a "Secret"..Just like the Character..or..he conveys that..and thus again..Pure Victory for an "Actor".

There's this scene when he's having a "Reality Moment" with Keanu's Character..and Swayze lights up and basically says 'Ain't This A Trip'..he's all Smile and Bewilderment..and its..AWESOME!

Point Break is a Classic.

Sadly..it was a "Sleeper" for the "Execs"..who..in Absolute Typical Fashion.."Didn't See It". The "Sad part" is..I would PAY (Hear that Boys?) to see the "Directors Cut". See..there are Entire "Scenes" that were hamfistedly cut and have never materialized again. These you can see in the "Trailer". There's a Scene in a Vehicle where 'Bodi' and 'Utah' are basically.."Talking It Out' and shooting Guns out the Window of the Car...and this scene is referred to..later..but makes less sense because...Gone!

Cryin Shame.

But..'Point Break'..is..one of those Unique Ones. A Great Movie. 100% Entertainment!

"100% Utah! 100%!"

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 3:23:08 PM PDT
Great review; you've captured the spirit of the movie. I've loved it for years, a true guilty pleasure and pure adreneline rush.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2011 9:27:01 PM PDT
Cubist says:
HankSter:

Well said! I couldn't agree more. The film has only improved with age.

Clinton Ervin:

Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2015 12:41:55 PM PST
Pursue Life says:
ari180 and Cubist:

Love the dialog between you. Consider starting a siskel and ebert gig? I'm a fan of both of you already just from reading your writings. Write on my fellow travelers!!

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 12:26:06 AM PST
Michael Azi says:
Great review! Unfortunately, you can't spell.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 8:21:57 PM PDT
As an action movie fanatic, i would like to know what are some good action films to watch i am kind of running out of movies to watch lol
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