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Poster for Point Break remake…Wait, this is actually happening?

26 May

“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.”  – Bodhi (Point Break 1991)

The people behind the remake of Point Break did not hesitate; that is clear. If they had, fear would have forced them to reconsider their hair-brained plan to make another Point Break. But before we get into the diatribe, here is the eye candy:

Point Break Poster

So, clearly there will be skydiving in the remake. I guess that is neat, except that Fast and Furious 7 had cars dropping out of planes. Come on Point Break–step up your game!

The 1991 film was not good, but it has attained a certain level of cult-film status (Important Note: gaining the status as a cult-film does not make a movie retroactively good. More often than not, the film becomes popular because it is awesomely bad. There might be an idea for a post in here). As bad as the 1991 version was, it seems like the 2015 iteration is setting up to be worse.

In 1991, the movie managed to attract one major movie star, a well-known secondary character, and an up-and-coming youngster. Patrick Swayze was coming off of Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and Road House. An odd combination I know, but his work had broad appeal–he was a star that could be sold to both men and women. Gary Busey…what can be said about Busey? He is great and supplied a level of fun and crazy that cannot possibly be replicated…ever. And then Keanu Reeves rounds out the headlining trio. Reeves was still relatively new on the scene, the Bill and Ted movie was really his only major success, but he was born for this role. Reeves was born to play a naive, surfer dude-turned-criminal. Again, this a role that cannot be replicated.

Reeves and Swayze

It appears that the leaders of the remake did not even try to recreate the (limited) charm of the original. Instead, they cast a series of bit players who have ZERO name recognition.

Wow! I’ll leave you with this from 1991 Bodhi: “What’s the matter with you guys? This was never about the money, this was about us against the system. That system that kills the human spirit.” It looks like the studio’s desire for money won this time.

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Keanu Reeves to reprise role as John Wick

4 May

Given the commercial and critical success of 2014’s John Wick, it comes as little surprise that a sequel is already in the works.

Lionsgate officially confirmed their plans for John Wick 2. Keanu Reeves is set to reprise his titular role. The directing and writing are set to return for the sequel as well.

If you missed Wick, it is definitely worth a look. Reeves plays a retired hitman who is pulled back into his violent past. Previews for the movie didn’t point to a particularly compelling story and it definitely appeared headed toward ‘Will Suck’ territory. But the biggest surprise in the movie didn’t come from the story, but the shocking revelation that Reeves can still carry a film. Wick was a brooding character with a dark past and Reeves managed to channel the subtle performance. This is quite the accomplishment for a man known for:

And these:

Consider this, in 2013 Reeves was the leading man in three movies (47 Ronin, Generation Um…, and Man of Tai Chi) that had an average Metacritic score of 35. Then Wick comes out of nowhere (Metacritic score: 68) and it appears that Reeves’ career maybe on the upswing.

John Wick 2 may seem like an unnecessary sequel at first glance, but I for one am happy to see the beleaguered star getting a chance to revisit the role. So, here’s to Wick teaching some bad guys a lesson.

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