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Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “Point Break (Pure Adrenaline Edition)”

(20th-Century Fox, 1991/2006. 120 minutes. Rated R.) Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. With Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty.


Gimme 2…! One of my longtime guilty pleasures. Yes, it’s a cheesy 90’s action movie, the dialogue often silly, the plot stretches believability…but it’s great fun! An FBI agent (Reeves) goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who may be surfers. Houston’s own Patrick Swayze plays Bodhi, the leader of the gang; Petty is the surfer girl who was involved with Swayze and falls for Reeves. Busey’s in there as the veteran FBI agent partnered with quarterback punk Keanu. Director Bigelow (then married to the movie’s executive producer, James Cameron) knows how to construct set pieces while keeping the action moving pretty steadily. Worth a look to see Reeves and Swayze at their physical peak of beauty. At the time of this movie, Swayze had just had a tremendous hit with Ghost, Reeves goes on to shoot Bill & Ted, and Busey had just recovered from his near-fatal motorcycle accident. Interesting times for all. Extras include 8 deleted scenes (skippable), trailers, and 4 featurettes with new commentary from most of the cast and crew, except for Keanu who’s seen in vintage clips.