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5.0 out of 5 stars One of those movies you watch again and again., May 3, 2004
This review is from: Point Break (DVD)
I first came accross this movie a few years ago on T.V. and even the bastardizing T.V. will usually do to a movie, I still enjoyed the bit of it I saw. This is also true for the movie "Lock Up." Anyways, I decieded to rent the movie, and was suprised by how good it was. Most movie "critics" shun Keanu Reeves's acting, and in a way, I kind of see why they see it that way, but at the same time I think they need not compare it to shakespere either. Most "critics" have it in for Keanu I think because of Bill and Ted. Which if you get past the obvious flaws, and enjoy the movie for what it is, you don't notice any of the so-called bad acting. Obviously, they are the only one's that think so, because the only votes that matter are the votes in the form of ticket sales, and quite frankly Keanu is on the upper escelon of this right along with Schwarzenegger,Stallone,Willis, and Travolta. And like Bill and Ted, if you just take the movie for what it is,it is a great movie. You really don't even have to try hard as Reeves once again makes a memorable character, and with Patrick Swayze in one of his best roles non-"chick-flick" that I have seen him in. Swayze is a very "real" and textured character as Bodhi. Basically the story is about Keanu Reaves's character Johnny Utah, who is a FBI agent getting his first assignment to track down the notorious Bank robbers, "The Ex-Presidents" who rob banks every summer-time and have never been caught. Along with Utah Gary Busey is Angelo,Utah's veteren FBI partner who is very big on doing things the "Old School" way. Together Angelo and Utah discover that the Ex-Presidents are probably surfers and figure out what "break" they surf by getting samples and doing anylasis.
Utah poses as a fellow surfer and meets what will be his love interest in the movie. Lori Petty plays Utah's love interest Tyler and initially teaches him how to surf, and also gives info on the othe surfers in which his attention is directed for the first time to Bodhi. Once Utah kind of gets the hang of surfing He and Angelo try to seek out who they think are the Ex-Presidents. They come accross this gang of Surfers led by Red Hot Chili Pepper,Anthony Kiedus, who have criminal records and when confronted by these surfers, Bodhi steps in and Helps Utah. Bodi then realizes that he is Johhny Utah QB from Ohio State. He then asks Utah to play some football with he and his fellow surfers. Once Bodhi sees Utah's exreme side while playing football, he kind of lets Utah into his gang. Bodhi tells Utah about the spiritual side to surfing and Utah gets taken in by this and later this would affect his ability to catch Bodhi chasing him after a bank robbery. Once Bodhi realizes that Utah is an FBI agent, he intends to get even by forcing him to be apart of a bank heist. However the heist goes horribly wrong when Bodhi breaks his own rule and stays in the bank too long causing his little brother's death. Eventually Angelo and Utah track down Bodhi on an Airstrip trying to flee the country and this is when Angelo gets shot and killed. Bodhi gets away but not for long as Utah remembers that Bodhi would be going to Australia to catch some in human Monster wave. As Utah apprehends Bodhi, Bodhi asks Utah for only one thing, to let him ride one last time. Utah agrees and Bodhi rides and fades into the wave dying in the process. By the end you learn some things and these messages really make you think. Who is really right, Did Bodhi have a point? I thought about the meaning long after the movie was over and soon bought the DVD and watched it many times since. If you have ever surfed, skidived or just think that your 9-5 job sucks and would like a movie either to relate to or give you soming to think about, this movie does that. Really give it a chance and think about what the meanings are and I'll bet you will like this movie as much as I have.
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