Screen Junkies » Point Break http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:59:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Gerard Butler To Channel Inner-Swayze For ‘Point Break’ Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gerard-butler-to-channel-inner-swayze-for-point-break-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gerard-butler-to-channel-inner-swayze-for-point-break-remake/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:25:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258648 Like it or not.

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Due to the recent law passed by Congress that every film both loved and reviled must be remade, Alcon Entertainment is moving forward with plans to remake Point Break with plans to have Gerard Butler try his best at filling Patrick Swayze’s role. Though you might object to this entire remake, please remain aware that this is now legislature and, unless you want to move to the sun-dappled vineyards of Europe like some anti-American pussy, you’ll accept Gerard Butler as Bodhi and Garrett Hedlund as Johnny Utah because you just know.

You’ll also be accepting of the eventual news that one of the guys from Linkin Park will play the role originated by Anthony Kiedis.

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Keanu Takes Hardline Stance Against Starring ‘Point Break’ Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/keanu-takes-hardline-stance-against-starring-point-break-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/keanu-takes-hardline-stance-against-starring-point-break-remake/#comments Tue, 24 Dec 2013 23:16:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258498 It's "Jonathan" Utah now.

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In case you were sitting around this Christmas Eve, asking yourself, “Hey, I wonder what Keanu Reeves’ opinion on joining a hypothetical Point Break remake!” you now have your answer.

He’s not a fan. He doesn’t want to do it. It’s not “his place.”

He did say that a remake sounded “exciting,” which we all know is a big lie, and that it’s not exciting. You know what’s exciting? Watching the original. That’s exciting. Remakes of Robocop and Total Recall, two popular action films from the Point Break era, have both fallen a little flat recently, in case you needed empirical evidence to support what we all know you’re thinking.

Sadly, it’s unknown whether any of these developments led Keanu to sit on a bench and eat a sandwich in solitude.

But we all hope they did, cause that’s funny.

 

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‘Point Break’ Is Getting Remade…Yada Yada, “Is Nothing Sacred?” Etc. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/point-break-is-getting-remade-yada-yada-is-nothing-sacred-etc/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/point-break-is-getting-remade-yada-yada-is-nothing-sacred-etc/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:38:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254360 They should do parkour instead of surfing.

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Point Break, the Kathryn Bigelow action film starring Keanu Reeves and the late, great Patrick Swayze, has been in the remake machine for a few years now, seemingly since Bigelow got back on the map in a huge way with The Hurt Locker.

It now seems that the remake machine has moved on to phase two of the process, having gotten a director for the remake/reboot/who gives a damn? in the form of Ericson Core, a man whose name would probably would have me making Norwegian sit-up jokes if the A.V. Club hadn’t beaten me to that shit.

Core’s only helming credit thus far is the Mark Wahlberg film Invincible, so…

Yeah. Point Break‘s being remade. And it’s gonna be…existing.

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The 7 Greatest Undercover Badasses in Movie History http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-undercover-badasses-in-movie-history/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-undercover-badasses-in-movie-history/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 02:04:32 +0000 Lee Keeler http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253225 In honor of the crime thriller Snitch...

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Back-stabbing revenge, gut-wrenching suspense and putting a bullet in a trusted confidant: all in a day’s work for an undercover badass. From Serpico to Donnie Brasco, the hallmarks of the covert hero require deep emotional commitment, a versatile wardrobe and the ability to blend in with questionable fortitude. That ability will come in handy for Dwayne Johnson’s character in the upcoming action-thriller Snitch. In the film, Johnson plays a father who is forced to infiltrate a drug cartel in order to clear the name of his wrongly convicted son. And as with the other undercover badasses on this list, one wrong move could cost him his life.

In celebration of the release of Summit Entertainment’s crime thriller Snitch, opening in theaters February 22nd, we’re proud to bring you seven of the greatest undercover badasses in movie history.

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Departed

By the time the American remake of Infernal Affairs rolled around, DiCaprio was already widely-celebrated for his skills; but it wasn’t until audiences saw him doing push-ups between prison bunks that he carved out his first proper badass. Given the circumstances, it could have been easy for any actor to overplay the role of William Costigan, but DiCaprio brings a level of grace and sadness to level off the character’s grit and ferocity. Even more badass: DiCaprio actively declined campaigning for any awards for Best Supporting Actor that year as to avoid stepping on the toes of his co-stars.

Johnny Depp, Donnie Brasco

Getting in “too deep” is a common theme in many undercover films. After all, putting yourself at risk is what going undercover is all about. But what happens when you form a legitimate friendship with the men you’re supposed to be infiltrating. Things quickly get complicated for Donnie Brasco when he realizes that doing his job will most likely result in his friend’s death.

Toshiro Mifune, The Bad Sleep Well

Mifune’s performance as Koichi Nishi is a rarity in that it doesn’t employ the slam-bang tactics of many of his cohorts seen on this list. His stoic nerd slowly unveils the vengeance of a son scorned by one of the most powerful corporations in Japan through tactics of seduction, espionage and psychological torture. Mifune played numerous lively punkers in his lifetime, particularly in the realm of samurai lore, but this character seethes in his rage, striking only after his prey is at the brink of madness. Case in point: Nishi corners one of his targets on the window ledge from which his father died, calming the man down by offering whiskey that he later reveals is “poisoned”. The mark collapses, driven insane by the ordeal. Nasty!

Keanu Reeves, Point Break

This is simple story about a former Ohio State quarterback named Johnny Utah. For an F-!B-!I!-Agent!, Johnny maintains the most suspicious bromance with Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi this side of “Brokeback Mountain”. He allows his bleach-blonde nemesis to escape an aqueduct face-off, jump out of an airplane and eventually surf himself to death. At various points in the film, Bodhi’s potency in performing extreme sports counteracts the hobbling ethics of Reeves’ lawman. Johnny, like, totally buries his heart at wounded knee.

Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects

Have you ever seen Kevin Spacey try to act like a badass? It doesn’t work. But Spacey as a schlepp? That’s Oscar gold. The writing/directing on “Suspects” lay formidable groundwork for Spacey to perform as the keystone for an impeccably oddball cast. His bumbling Verbal Kint acts as a tender foil to a constant stream of roughneck freakouts. With little more than his wits, this badass knows that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing Chazz Palmenteri that he didn’t exist.

Chevy Chase, Fletch

Light years ahead of the Twitter-quip generation, Chase is at the peak of his powers, dishing out maximum smarm before turding up his career with JTT movies. What makes this role fairly badass is that it is one of the last of a dying breed: that of the snoopy, investigative newspaper reporter. What makes it particularly badass is that Chase has a ball conjuring up characters with names like Dr. Rosenpenis, Dr. Babar and Mr. Poon. The actor has gone on record as saying this was his favorite role, given that director Michael Ritchie often took multiple takes and allowed Chase to riff with whatever came off the top of his dome.

Nicolas Cage, Face/Off

“Castor Troy” is a pretty distinct – if not altogether awful – name. Despite this and other cringe-worthy moments that face-swipe to show affection, Nic Cage keeps John Woo’s ‘97 hit from teetering into cornball territory. Cage’s Castor Troy is the kind of guy who can talk an undercover agent into sucking his tongue. He poses as a priest so he can plant a dirty bomb and goose choir members. He switches sunglasses for no reason. And he delivers a more badass John Travolta impersonation than Dana Carvey.

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9 Reasons Why Remaking ‘Point Break’ Makes Baby Jesus Cry http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/8-reasons-why-remaking-point-break-makes-baby-jesus-cry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/8-reasons-why-remaking-point-break-makes-baby-jesus-cry/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:09:03 +0000 Nicholas Pell http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228290 Just don't do it.

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Hot on the heels of Straw Dogs Footloose and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hollywood is back to doing what it does best — taking good movies and ruining them with a remake. We don’t care much when it’s something that wasn’t very good to begin with (Arthur), or something so patently stupid that we don’t even have to take it seriously (Romancing the Stone), but when you start messing with our favorites like They Live and Planet of the Apes, we’ve got a broken bottle and a bad attitude. Now, proving that Hollywood is totally out of ideas and has no respect for the dead, some genius is talking about remaking

Can we just start by talking about Swayze? This cigarette-chomping centerpiece of Point Break is one of few actors to successfully unite the roles of heartthrob and legit bad ass. The Point Break remake was originally a sequel, something we can be cautiously optimistic about. Apparently Warner Bros. couldn’t wait until his corpse was cold to start violating it. It doesn’t matter who you get, WB — they won’t be Swayze.

It’s Already Licensed

They haven’t just made plans for a film. Warner Bros. has already licensed the film for television and games. Get ready for a sub-par USA Network weekly starring Matthew Lillard and Jamie Kennedy and an MMORPG where you can decide which ex-president you want to be.

Ex-Presidents

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the idea of bank robbers in Bill Clinton and George (H.)W. Bush masks is… well, stupid. Part of the charm of the original is the sheer Americana of the masks. Nixon, Reagan and Johnson are defining men of an era. While this is also true of Clinton and Bush the younger, it’s hard to see a man in a Bubba mask being anything other than comical, even when he’s holding a gun in your face.

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‘Point Break’ To Be Remade Because The Universe Hates Us http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/point-break-to-be-remade-because-the-universe-hates-us/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/point-break-to-be-remade-because-the-universe-hates-us/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:47:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228083 Let's go get drunk.

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20 years is the amount of time we were able to spend enjoying Point Break and it’s dumb-but-not-really action movie legacy. Alcon Entertainment will be updating the 1991 film, setting in the more general world of “extreme sports” rather than surfing.

Instead of making a joke here, I’m just going to go on record as saying this is a very bad idea.

The scribe behind Salt, Kurt Wimmer, will be putting together a film that incorporates a bunch of contemporary bullshit into a movie that was just fine to begin with. Whoever is behind this clearly holds nothing sacred and will put together a film that falls way short of the original, but I would like to chip in my two cents to make sure the remake is as ephemeral and awful as possible.

Cast:

Johnny UtahTobey Maguire

Bodhi – Dax Shepard

Tyler – Katy Perry

Pappas – Jon Cryer

featuring an original soundtrack by Bruno Mars.

In closing, I leave you with this quote from producer Michael DeLuca. Feel free to read it then go take a shower: “Point Break wasn’t just a film, it was a Zen meditation on testosterone fueled action and manhood in the late 20th century and we hope to create the same for the young 21st!”

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