While I won’t delve deeply into the plot, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) is a rookie FBI agent that has been tasked with apprehending a bank robbing gang led by a thrill-seeking and Zen enlightened Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). While Johnny Utah attempts to bring the gang to justice, he becomes friends with Bodhi and his bank robbing posse. In short, a full-on brodeo ensues – sand football, surfing and skydiving. On top of the non-stop action, Bodhi gives us a mantra to live by:
It’s not tragic to die doing what you love. If you want the ultimate, you got to be willing to pay the ultimate price.
Even though the movie was released in 1991, which might be older than many of my readers, I won’t ruin the ending nor the fine balance between cheesiness and awesomeness attained by the movie. Just go watch it.
And for those of you that have already seen it, rejoice. A Point Break sequel, Point Break Indo, has been announced.
A few things that you might not know about the movie Point Break
- While the story ends at Bells Beach, Australia, the location of the final surf scene is Waimea Bay, Hawaii.
- Famous big wave rider, Darrick Doerner,, performed the stunt work in the final scene of the film.
- Current UCLA Football head coach, Rick Neuheisel, acted as the Football Advisor on the movie.
- The majority of the surf scenes were filmed at Leo Carillo, Heavens and Staircase beach in Malibu, California.
- Jodie Cooper performed as Lori Petty’s surfing double.
- Matt Archbold performed as Patrick Swayze’s surfing double.
- Matt Archbold and Dino Andino are the ones responsible for all of the aerials, slashes and layback tubes throughout the movie.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman, Anthony Kiedis, has a significant role in the film. Considering that Kiedis was also in the skateboard classic, Thrashin’, this makes him the king of big screen action sports movies.
Point Break trailer