For a film that starts off with edgy extreme motocross
racing over the thinnest strips of jagged mountain with a sheer drop to death
on either side, there’s little adrenaline in the writing.
Johnny Utah has survived the death-staring feat after
watching his friend drop off the cliff. He’ss now a rookie with the FBI.
The story’s as thin as the strip of precipitous
terrain where Johnny cocked a snook at death. A bunch of new age Robin Hoods
have baffled the FBI. Their heists are acts of veritable daredevilry but when
they sprinkle their loot of uncut diamonds and American currency notes over
poor slums of Mumbai and Mexico, the FBI can’t fathom their minds.
But Johnny figures it out. They’re extreme athletes
like he was and they’re trying to perform
what’s known as Osaki’s Eight, eight extreme adventure ordeals no one
has so far attempted and survived. The only way to get the criminals out is for
Johnny to get into their gang.
The ease with which he walks in is part of the
unbelievable naïvete in the writing. Of course Bodhi the main criminal later
tells Johnny he always knew that he was a cop.
The nearly two-hour visual adventure is one
death-defying leap after the other. Osaki’s eight extreme adventure steps are
supposed to lead to the ultimate understanding of the beauty of nature. How
criminality and the killing of security guards, cops and drivers can lead to
appreciating nature’s bounty, doesn’t get a satisfactory answer as director
Ericson Core simply jumps to another physically extreme ordeal. With Ericson doubling up as cinematographer
too, the visuals are stunning.
But the repetitive adventures of the gang and Johnny
flying around in bat-suits or skiing off cliffs don’t bring on an adrenaline
It’s also a grim sort of film where Johnny, Bodhi and
gang don’t really seem to be ecstatic with the thrills. Or in blissful nirvana
It’s no help that Luke Bracey also doesn’t add any
charisma to Johnny Utah.
For a film where your interest drops off the edge
instead of keeping you on the edge in nervous excitement, Point Break gets a 2.5* rating.
Reviewed byJournalist & Author
Bharathi S Pradhan