Point Break
Filmfest 2004

"You trying to tell me the F.B.I.’s going to pay me to learn to surf?” In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves the ex-presidents. They commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend. “The bodhi tree, according to the Buddhists, is the tree beneath which one finds enlightenment. That is not exactly how it works with Bodhi, the surfing bank robber who is the existential hero of "Point Break“ but he is such a persuasive character that a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah, falls under his spell. Or maybe it is Southern California itself that attracts the agent - that land of surf and skydiving and strange karma, so seductive to a square football hero out of Ohio. Bodhi is part mystic, part criminal, and over-all surfer. From clues, it appears that he and his gang rob banks to support their surfing, and then move on when the seasons change. Johnny Utah does become friendly with them, and even falls in love with Bodhi's ex-girlfriend, while trying to fit together the case. And then the plot grows truly ingenious, all the way down to its Zen ending on a lonely, storm-swept beach in Australia.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, July 12, 1991

tags: Feature film

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley

Credits

Director: Kathryn Bigelow