a film by Kathryn
Bigelow released through 20th Century-Fox in 1991
Faintly ludicrous, but
full of life, Point Break manages to combine high-octane
action with, at its core, solid characterization, as born-to-surf
Johnny Utah bounces back and forth between beach and Bureau,
struggling to do the right thing for his partner, Angelo; his lover,
Tyler; and his friend and quarry, Bodhi.
The pairing of Keanu Reeves with Patrick Swayze is unparalleled,
with Reeves just launching his career, and Swayze, at the peak of
his, challenging convention by embracing a more dangerous bad
boy/anti-hero role than he'd attempted in The Outsiders or
Dirty Dancing. Their work here is outstanding.
Occasional lapses in credibility are not fatal, and the film is
always moving forward. But none of the philosophizing deepens our
understanding of the human condition; surfing is but a stoner
religion, practiced beneath cathedral skies.