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