Point Break

Screening on Film
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
With Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey.
US, 1991, 35mm, color, 120 min.
Print source: HFA

Among Bigelow’s most enduring and successful films, Point Break offers an unexpected amalgam of the policier and the surfing film, following an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a violent gang of surfers who brazenly rob banks to support their alternate life style. Although the plot winks at broad satire—with the surfers donning masks with the faces of ex-presidents—Bigelow focuses principally on the strange undertow pulling the agent towards the charismatic ringleader. Perhaps more than any of Bigelow’s other films, Point Break foregrounds the raw exhilaration of physical danger through intensely cinematic surfing and skydiving sequences.

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