Traversing land, water and air, “Point Break” brings the action beyond limits following a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah played by Luke Bracey, a deep undercover who follows a group of elite athletes suspected of carrying out crimes in the most unusual ways, unconcerned of those who gets killed in the process.
The film brings in new and the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. Edgar Ramirez who also stars in the movie guarantees that they have protected the legacy of the 1991 movie that starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. “Always, I cannot believe that I’m making the movie. It’s almost magic, the whole thing. I remember I would always joke among my friends about a remake of Point Break. I would say, “You know what? Whenever there’s a remake of Point Break, I’m going to do it.” But since it’s such a California movie, and especially the role of Bodhi was such a California rooted character, I thought I would not be the first choice for it. Then the fact that the movie was offered to me, because it’s taking on a world scale, and it’s precisely Bodhi, the character that I always wanted to play. I remember when I first met Katherine Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty—actually we met for another movie and that never got made, and then she called me and invited me to Zero Dark Thirty. I remember when we first met the first thing I said was, “You have no idea the magnitude of the influence that Point Break has had on me and my friends and my generation,” and I went on about how much I love it, and what I know, and all that. Then suddenly making that movie now, it’s pure magic,” says Ramirez from his recent interviews.
He excitedly shares that, “I’m very, very happy. I’m very happy, because we’re not going to copy the movie, it’s a different story, but it keeps the subversive aspect—the subversion, the anti-system, the breaking out, the breaking free spirit of the first one; that’s what we’re going to try to definitely be faithful to that spirit—that you can take charge, that you can be in control, that you can think out of the box and you can reject the system and try to live on the grid, but on your own terms. So that’s pretty much the spirit, but it’s definitely not going to be—it is a remake in the terms that you have Utah and you have Bodhi and you have that spirit, but it goes beyond surfing and it’s a story that happens in today’s time. So I’m the first huge fan of Point Break and of course I will make sure that I protect it’s legacy.”
“Point Break” is directed by Ericson Core, who served as director of photography on such films as “Invincible,” “The Fast and the Furious” and “Payback,” was also the director of photography on “Point Break.” The creative filmmaking team includes production designer Udo Kramer (“North Face,” “The Physician”); editors Thom Noble (“Thelma & Louise,” Oscar winner for “Witness”), Gerald B. Greenberg (Oscar winner, “The French Connection”), and John Duffy (National Geographic’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”); Oscar-nominated costume designer Lisy Christl (“Anonymous,” “White House Down”); composer Tom Holkenberg (“Mad Max: Fury Road”); and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Nelson (“Gladiator”).
Opening in Philippine cinemas three (3) weeks ahead of its US release date, “Point Break” opens December 3 (Thursday) in theatres nationwide from Pioneer Films.