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Issue: Summer 2015-6

Point Break (2015) movie review

Extreme Crimes

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Movie poster, Point Break
The only law that matters is gravity

An extreme athlete joins the FBI and identifies a group of criminals who are trying to complete a set of eight extreme tests while committing crimes.

Point Break is reminiscent of an Alby Mangels film. It's high adventure in beautiful places. "Man against the elements". And by "man" I am specifying gender, because the Point Break films (1991 and 2015) are about expressing manhood with adrenalin and testosterone-fueled exploits.

The eight extreme tests, whose designer died without completing them are wrapped in a combination of mysticism and ego-warriorhood.

In a series of exploits the crew jump from planes, rush down snow-clad mountains, free-climb, ride motorcycles and more.

At the same time there is a bit of sex, a bit of exposition, and some male bonding over alcohol.

This idea that being a man is about risk and muscles is a limited one, and trying to validate it with a bit of eco-terrorism and a touch of invented mysticism seems a bit contrived. But maybe it's a boy thing.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 30 January 2016
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Just the facts:

Title: Point Break (2015)
Written by: Kurt Wimmer (screenplay)
Directed by: Ericson Core
Running time: 114 mins

The Players: Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone,

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