‘Point Break’ Director Takes Classic Movie to New Level of Extremity

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Ericson Core, cinematographer of The Fast and The Furious turned director of the new Point Break remake, takes the old, classic action movie, Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in 1991, to a new level of extremity. He has done so with an extremely athletic cast for a new movie of the same name, which will come out on December 25. When asked about the cast, the director of the Point Break remake said, “They are all incredibly athletic, so they pushed themselves to the boundary. We had to go to the best athletes in the world, they are the only people capable of doing the things we were able to film.” Taking this classic movie to a new level of extremity took Core a lot of searching, it seems.

The plot in the new movie has very little in common with the classic one. Luke Bracey plays the FBI agent, “Utah” (Keanu Reeves in the classic movie), who was planted into a suspected group of criminal extremists, led by Edgar Ramirez as Budhi (played by Patrick Swayze in the classic one), in order to interfere with their criminal plans and bring them to justice. Other than this main theme, there seems to be nothing in common with the original, as the new hit seems to aim at taking both the dramatic and sports aspects of the classic Point Break to a new level of extremity. According to Core, “That was always our goal, to combine the dramatic aspects of the story with extreme sports.” “The interesting thing is,” he adds, “with all these athletes on all their very extreme level, there are some sensibilities which move beyond individual sport, and that is the connection with the earth, sense of fearlessness, sense of pushing yourself to ultimate boundaries.”

Skydiving in wing suits, surfing high waves, jumping off mountain cliffs, snowboarding, and speedy trail biking are all featured in Point Break as part of a message the director was interested in delivering to the audience, through these extreme sports chosen specifically by Core.”These sports are not team sports,” says Core. He continues, “these are not things that people do in a stadium, they don’t do it under contract, they do it for their own sensibility, sensuality, and for pushing what they feel are their limits.” The idea that makes the movie different from the classic one is that the criminals’ behavior in this movie is bound to their characters; whereby, they try to offer miserable people happiness through their extreme acts. “And that type of theme represents this story,” adds Core, who took the classic movie to another level of extremity.

“The guys who were in the first film – bank robbers who basically rob banks to surf an endless summer, have gone a little bit farther. These guys are doing a bit more as ego warriors. So they become a bit of Robin Hoods in that way toward it, which is sort of a broader scale of what we had before, and that ties in the extreme sports and extreme locations, and the environmental ethos of it with our story,” the director finished. The Point Break remake comes out on December 25, and fans of the old are hoping that it will at least have some of its old originality and gusto.

By Ahmed Hafez

Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen

Sources:

ScreenSlam Point Break: Ericson Core Exclusive CinemaCon Interview (2015)

The Washington Post ‘Point Break’: The enduring appeal of Zen garbage

The Sydney Morning Herald Point Break trailer released, but is it a remake in name only?

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