Movie Review: POINT BREAK

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point break20th Century Fox
1991
R

“Do you think that taxpayers would like it, Utah, if they knew that they were paying a federal agent to surf and pick up girls?”
“Babes.”
“I beg your pardon?”
“The correct term is ‘babes’, sir.”

It was the summer of 1991. I was on the cusp of my Senior Year in high school, and that particular summer vacation was turning out to be the best ones of my teenage years. One of the factors were the movies from that summer, one of which happened to be the action classic Point Break.

Let me go ahead and get this out of the way: I haven’t seen the 2015 remake. Neither do I have any intention to do so, ever. An unneccisary abomination, it is.

Yeah, you can probably guess which way this review article is going to go. Ah, nostalgia glasses.

Hang ten and hang tough, Johhny. Rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah is learning to ride the waves. His mission: infiltrated a group of extreme surfers who may be the Ex-Presidents, bank robbers whose MO includes wearing masks of former White House denizens. Keanu Reeves portrays Johnny, Patrick Swaze is charismatic thrill seeker Bodhi and Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow delivers an adrenaline rush of gnarly rides, sky dives and danger in Point Break.

The original Point Break is a bodaciously awesome action flick from the early 1990s that will always be a constant presence in my movie collection. I can understand why some would consider this a “bad movie”. I’m not denying that it’s not. Then again, my tastes don’t exactly run with those Oscar-nominated type movies that everyone who wants to look like a cultured elitist always say they like. I don’t really get those type of people, and I have several in my circle of friends who are like that, so it’s not like I’m a snob about it or anything. Although my superior tastes are quite evident, I don’t have to point that out.

Anyway, Point Break ranks up there with the likes of Beverly Hills Cop and Lethal Weapon, with a veritable bromance between Patrick Swaze and Keanu Reeves, and a performance by Gary Busey that can only be considered “subdued” by Busey standards. There’s Souix City’s own Lori Petty as the persnickety surfer love interest, and we even get a bit appearance by a Red Hot Chili Pepper. Not Flea, though. That singer guy. Also, the movie ends on a Ratt song. That’s how awesome this movie is.

So, yeah. I love Point Break. I watch it all the time since that day back in the summer of 1991. I’m probably going to watch it tonight after posting this, as a matter of fact. You should watch it too. That’s all.

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Movie Review: SAMURAI COP

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samurai copCinema Epoch
1991
NR

“Why did you go under?”
“Because I’m an undercover cop.”

In case you’re wondering, yes…it was the title of this movie alone that sunk its hooks into me and made me watch this exercise in bad cinema. Fortunately, the level of cheeseball this manages to attain is amazing.

The Katana Gang is out of control in Los Angeles. They’re involved in everything from gambling and extortion to drugs. They’ve bullied their way to the top of the underworld through their unmatched brutality. The police are stymied in their efforts to take the Japanese mob down. The Yakuza’s code of silence is unbreakable and the police can’t bring any charges against them. So they’ve brought in an expert. Joe Marshal, nicknamed “The Samurai”, is an expert in Japanese culture and martial arts and if it takes a blood drenched street brawl to bring the mobsters to their knees, then Samurai Joe is ready to RUMBLE!

Samurai Cop is, in a word, amazeballs. It tries to be a Lethal Weapon-style buddy cop movie with a martial arts angle — predating Rush Hour by seven years. But, by shear incompetence and unintentional hilarity levels alone, Samurai Cop manages to become that kind of action movie that’s entertaining for all the wrong reasons. From the bug-eyed overacting from the lead actor, to the groan-worthy dialogue, to the hilarious martial arts action scenes, and using a wig at one point due to miscommunication with the lead actor…Samurai Cop must be seen to be believed. This is truly a So Bad It’s Good gem, people.