It’s hard to believe that Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) had her first big movie with 1991’s Point Break. It’s the movie that immortalized Keanu Reeves as the dumb surfer dude, a tag that’s stuck with him throughout his career. It featured Patrick Swayze with some absolutely breathtaking hair, and Lori Petty! Whatever happened to her? It’s still a pretty entertaining action flick, a bizarre tale of surfing, bank robbery and skydiving. It’s silly, but it’s got its heart in the right place. And it’s got some solid bank robbery scenes.
Of course, it’s getting remade. It’s been on the reborquel block for some time now, and it appears that the new version is finally gaining some momentum. I’m frankly kind of baffled by this, and I’m guessing that there will be little about the remake that resembles the original. Alcon Entertainment, who bought the rights to the film (they’re also the ones behind the prequel/sequel to (gulp) Blade Runner), is likely just capitalizing on the original’s name. They’ve grabbed a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer, who’s also responsible for the script for the currently filming Total Recall remake. To be fair, he’s got some decent scripts under his belt, including Equilibrium and the remake of The Thomas Crowne Affair. Of course, he also wrote crapfests like Sphere and Ultraviolet.
There’s a slim synopsis available via Alcon:
The new version is set in the world of international extreme sports,and like the original involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring, but plot points beyond that have not been revealed by the filmmakers.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that basically the plot of xXx?