Plot – An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers – Point Break
Director – Kathryn Bigelow
Released – 1991
The 90s were a great time for action films, with many becoming cult classics over years since. This was the decade when directors perfected the art of big-budget action sequences, filled with explosive practical special effects and some high-octane stunt work, all of which are thoroughly demonstrated in Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break.
Delivering an enormous amount of thrills and excitement, Point Break also benefits from a certain level of originality that separates it from the many Die Hard knock-offs that came out around the same time. Boasting a complex screenplay and irresistibly action-packed stunt work, you can’t help but get swept up in the amazing action sequences, while the thrilling cat-and-mouse between Jonny (Reeves) and Bodhi (Swayze), grabs your attention and refuses to let go. Reeves is truly fantastic as undercover FBI agent Jonny Utah, taking the leap into a more adult role with relative ease and forming undeniable chemistry with the much more experienced and equally impressive Patrick Swayze.
Certainty one of Kathryn Bigelow’s best movies, Point Break is the perfect example of a 90s action done right, an adrenaline-fuelled plot filled with over-the-top action sequences and charming performances all round. But most importantly, without this movie, Keanu Reeves may never have become the action star we know and love today.