Run-of-the-mill bank heists not doing it for you anymore? Stealing gold getting old? The new trailer for "Point Break" has you covered, combining daring robberies with eye-popping extreme-sports stunts like skydiving, off-road motorcycling and wingsuit flying.
Set for release Christmas Day from Warner Bros., "Point Break" is of course a remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action flick starring Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who infiltrates a ring of surfing criminals led by Zen-spouting alpha-dude Bodhi (Patrick Swayze).
Given the original's cult status — earned with plenty of SoCal vibes, bromantic bonding and over-the-top action — it's easy enough to forget that Bigelow's film isn't winking or ironic. Like Bodhi and his gang, it's deadly serious about its mission.
That straightforward approach appears to have carried over into director Ericson Core's remake, which stars Luke Bracey as Utah and Edgar Ramirez as Bodhi. Set against globe-hopping backgrounds, the trailer is all cool tones, ominous music and hardcore action.
Core, a veteran action cinematographer whose credits include "The Fast and the Furious" and "Daredevil," piles on the set pieces: Skydivers bust open pallets full of cash at 30,000 feet, motorcyclists dodge an avalanche, surfers carve massive waves.
In a quieter moment, a straight-faced Utah tells his FBI superiors, "These aren't normal people, sir. I believe that, like me, the people behind these robberies are extreme athletes, using their skills to disrupt the international financial markets — and they don't care who gets killed in the process."
For all the spectacle on display, "Point Break's" fate could ultimately hinge on how moviegoers respond to scenes like that one. Much of the fun of the original came from its just-right combination of purposefulness and absurdity, and duplicating that will be no easy stunt.
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