New “Point Break” Movie Remake is an Outrage
For my money, “Point Break” is one of the greatest movies of all time. Patrick Swayze’s depiction of Bhodi, the surfer turned bank robber, is nothing less than a tour de force. Combined with the unintentionally hilarious performance of Keanu Reeves as FBI Special Agent Johnny Utah and Gary Busey’s charismatic portrayal of his veteran partner Pappas, it ranks among the most endearing cult classics of its era.
Which is why I was disheartened to read that Gerard Butler recently signed on to reprise the role of Swayze’s Bhodi character in an upcoming “Point Break” remake. Comparing Gerard Butler to a legend like Patrick Swayze is an outrage. Butler could surf the biggest waves in the ocean and skydive out of a hundred planes and he still wouldn’t be fit to carry Swayze’s parachute. Quite frankly, I don’t think Butler is qualified to play one of the Dead Presidents, let alone Bhodi.
Producers have yet to announce who will play Johnny Utah and Pappas, but it doesn’t really matter. The remake is already ruined. Not only have I made the personal pledge to never watch the new “Point Break”, but I will do everything in my power to make sure my friends boycott this crime against cinema. If only someone could explain the situation to Gary Busey (very slowly) and send him to meet with the studio executives behind this project. Maybe he could convince them to put Gerard Butler on a surfboard and let him “paddle to New Zealand”.