At the intersection of buddy cop movies, surfer movies, self-aware action movies, hardcore bromance, and sheer adrenaline-fueled insanity sits one film: Point Break. Released in 1991, the film has remained an unforgettable pop culture touchstone for over 25 years. What's the secret to it's success? Blowing minds while making almost no sense whatsoever.
That isn't a criticism. If anything, it's an accomplishment. This film has a lot going on: FBI office drama, bank robbing, presidential impersonation, romance, philosophy, meteorology, vague mysticism, friendship, skydiving, a Red Hot Chili Pepper, and the ultimate surfer quest for the perfect wave are just some of the things going down on screen. Point Break was an early film for Kathryn Bigelow, who went on to direct films like Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, which earned her the first Oscar given to a female director. But even back then, Bigelow knew how to juggle an intricate plot, stage high-impact action sequences, and let her stars shine.
And boy, do Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze shine! Theirs is a cat-and-mouse bromance that defies expectations at every turn. Reeves puts his air-headed Bill & Ted days behind him as the hotshot FBI recruit who is working undercover, while Swayze captivates as a surfer who will stop at nothing for the next big thrill. That we root for each of them to succeed, knowing that ultimately they both can't win, is a testament to the performances and their dynamic together.
But a complicated plot and serious star power is enough to mask some of the more wtf aspects of Point Break. Whatever you may think you remember about it, we guarantee you're still missing out on some of the weirdest things in Point Break - things you may never have noticed before, but will make you appreciate the film more than ever!
Despite Being Undercover, Johnny Utah Can't Resist A Stakeout
Ok, so Johnny Utah kept his real name when he went undercover to infiltrate the surfing community, fine, but that wasn't the only aspect of the operation that doesn't seem well thought out. He joins two stakeouts with his FBI colleagues, which makes sense because he's working on the investigation... except are kind of a conflict of duty considering his undercover status at the time! Seriously, what if somebody recognized him and got away, and then started telling the other surfers?
In fact, his cover DOES get blown - when he chases Bodhi on foot after a robbery, and Bodhi recognizes him. Isn't the first rule of undercoverness not to blow your cover until you're sure you've caught the bad guys? And ideally don't shoot your gun into the air and scream "Aaaargh!"12919Agree or disagree?
Johnny Utah Is The Worst FBI Agent Of All Time
After rescuing Tyler and letting Bodhi get away, the film jumps ahead a number of months. Johnny shows up in Australia, knowing that Bodhi wouldn't be able to resist the big waves of the fabled 50-Year Storm that he'd always talked about. And sure enough, Johnny is right. Bodhi is right there on the beach, ready to head out into the treacherous surf.
Johnny explains that he's been on Bodhi's trail the whole time, tracking him through Mexico to Fiji, Sumatra, and, finally, to Australia. Which is a cool story, except: Why would the FBI pay to send Johnny, a guy who implicated himself in the Ex-Presidents' crimes, got his partner killed, and didn't bring down Bodhi the first time, halfway around the world for the better part of a year just to redeem himself? Wouldn't they have fired Johnny after the mess he made of things in LA? And if the FBI wanted Bodhi that badly, wouldn't they send someone who hadn't already lost the dude once?
Also, why did Johnny bother tracking him? He could have saved the FBI a whole lot of money and just gone straight to Australia in time for the storm, since he always knew he'd find Bodhi there. The rest of the search was a waste of time. And in the end, Johnny STILL lets Bodhi get away, relying on the waves to kill him, and then throws his badge into the surf, effectively quitting his job.
After all that work, he doesn't even arrest Bodhi. So was his goal to save face at work or watch his bro-crush die? Johnny Utah really was the "blue flame special" after all. Even if we're still not sure what that means.14752Agree or disagree?
Johnny Doesn't Realize His Cover Is Blown, Jumps Out Of Airplane With Criminals
So Bodhi, in his Reagan disguise, outruns Johnny Utah thanks to the ol' knee injury acting up. But here's the clincher, he obviously recognized Johnny, who, unlike Bodhi, was not wearing a mask at the time. And naturally Bodhi goes and tells his crew and they all concoct a plan to deal with their former friend/current FBI agent. Step one: Take him skydiving.
Yup, they show up at Johnny's doorstep unannounced and insist that he go flying with them, then they jump out of a plane using parachutes that they packed. And here's the kicker: Johnny agrees to it! Is it because he somehow doesn't realize his cover is blown? Or is it that his bromance with Bodhi is so deep he's willing to risk it? All of it defies logic.12337Agree or disagree?
Despite Knowing Their Friend Is An FBI Agent, The Surfers Plan Another RobberyPhoto: Warner Bros.
So aside from Johnny being oblivious that his cover was obviously blown during that whole foot-chase-with-no-mask event, he still agrees to jump out of an airplane with his criminal buddies. But that's secondary to the WTF-ness of Bodhi asking a known FBI agent to both jump out of a plane AND planning a final robbery despite knowing the fuzz are on to him.
Bodhi and his crew decide to do one more job for the cash before they hit the road for good. And they find a way to rope Johnny into participating by kidnapping Tyler. But why not assume the authorities would be heavily monitoring the group at this point? And why take the time to go skydiving? A team building exercise?
Reason would suggest they should have escaped at the first whiff of the FBI tracking them. Considering they caught Johnny in bed, it's not like he was burning the midnight oil trying to find them. They could have probably gotten away without any problems. But no, a surfers gotta skydive.8718Agree or disagree?