Title: Point Break
Notes: When compiling one of those 'year in film' Friday posts, I realized there's a lot of 1991 I haven't seen, so this was at the top of my list after seeing at featured number one on a fellow bloggers. While I may not love Point Break, there are definitely some good stuff here, while there is also some facepalm-worthy dialogue that at this point in time just sounds like cliche after cliche. And Keanu Reeves has given me his most obnoxious, deadpan performance I've seen him in yet. But whereas Reeves seems to be sleepwalking or at least drugged, I was immensely surprised by Patrick Swayze who owned the screen as Bodhi. Stellar performance. Now if only the rest of the actors made themselves likable or less annoying (there's only so much 'surfer dude' speech I can handle). Cinematography is especially gorgeous, with some marvelous aerial shots in a skydiving sequence, frightening and beautiful pans over a threatening sea, great hand-held work during a on-foot chase sequence, and the bank robberies are especially well shot and edited together. Overall, a compelling movie with a unfortunate reliance on cliches, but has one hell of a great last hour that makes up for the rather rubbish first.
Discuss: The dynamic between Reeves and Swayze. How little Keanu has apparently evolved as a actor the last decade and change. Bank robbery comparisons: Point Break vs. The Town.