Yesterday I was at Walmart and thought it couldn't hurt to check out the $7.88 blu-ray bin. In it I found the 1991 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze movie Point Break. Knowing that a remake was just released, I bought it. A friend and I watched it and then headed to the theater to see the new one.
The original was a good action movie, but the action mostly involved surfing (and one scene of parachuting). Well, if some action was good, more must be better, right? The new movie gave us not only surfing but dirt biking, freehand cliff climbing, flying squirrel suits, and parachuting. It gave us exotic locales, sweeping vistas, ADD-inducing action, and a less believable story. Still, I have to admit it was fun to watch.
The original certainly had a more believable story. Its biggest flaw, though, was the wooden acting of Keanu Reeves, who at the time had already done Bill and Ted but had not yet starred in Speed. Reeves' acting was almost Hayden Christensen-worthy, and I don't say that lightly.
I probably enjoyed each of these movies more than I enjoyed Star Wars VII.