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Édgar Ramírez and Luke Bracey in Point Break

POINT BREAK Di­rected by Eric­son Core. Star­ring Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Del­roy Lindo, Ray Win­stone. 113mins, gen re­lease, Cert 12A Even back in the day, Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 ac­tioner Point Break – in which Keanu Reeves’s quar­ter­back turned FBI agent turned ex­pert long­boarder in­ves­ti­gated Pa­trick Swayze’s cham­pion surfer turned zen mas­ter turned bank rob­ber – was plenty pre­pos­ter­ous. But dumb can be fun, right?

Sadly, this re­make or re­boot or what­ever they’re call­ing it, is rather short on fun. Tak­ing cues from Swayze’s for­tune-cookie ban­ter, Eric­son Core’s Point Break spins an elab­o­rate mythol­ogy from our planet’s most dar­ing and dan­ger­ous ex­treme sports. Our mis­take. X-Treme sports.

Thus, poly­ath­lete turned FBI op Johnny Utah ( Home and Away’s Luke Bracey) is bon­ing up on a gang of Robin Hood­styled en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists when he re­alises that th­ese dare­dev­ils are at­tempt­ing the “Osaki 8”, a se­ries of lu­di­crously dan­ger­ous out­door pur­suits that are spo­ken about in hushed tones vo­ra­cious Lily has gone miss­ing be­fore. In­deed, the fam­ily have moved to this far-flung Aus­tralian ham­let in the wake of the girl’s pre­vi­ous sex­ual mis­ad­ven­tures.

It does not take long for lo­cal De­tec­tive David Rae (Hugo Weav­ing) to dis­cover why the fam­ily left Can­berra, or for the Park­ers’ al­ready strained mar­riage to im­plode into a se­ries of wild re­crim­i­na­tions: Was the teen mo­lested by her father? Has she in­her­ited her be­hav­iour from her mother? “Well, she didn’t get it from

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