Point Break Review
25 Dec 2015
25 Dec 2015
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Angel Falls Sequence
The Angel Falls sequence is an expensive one, with a structure that cost upwards of $500K to build. It consisted of a platform that was approximately the size of a football field just beneath the summit of the falls where the crew set up camp so as not to disrupt the environment by making camp on the ground. Kosove likened the shoot at Angel Falls to a “full-scale military operation”.
Ramirez on original source material
Despite being a self-proclaimed huge fan of the original film, Ramirez did not go back to the source material to prepare because he felt that what Swayze did with Bodhi was “beautiful and unique”, and that attempting to redo it shouldn’t be the goal. He described his performance and the film in general as a reimagining and as such, something unique and new.
The greatest wing suit athlete in the world
Some of the world’s best athletes worked on this film, including Jeb Corliss, whom Kosove cited as being “the greatest wing suit athlete in the world”. Legendary surfers Laird John Hamilton and Sebastian Zietz, and pro skateboarder Bob Burnquist were also involved & also Chris Sharman
Behind the scenes..
The film takes place over the period of about a month, and took close to a year to shoot. It was shot in over 10 countries and 4 continents. Point Break (2015) uses physical locations as much as possible, and the producers tried to be judicious when implementing green screens or VFX.
With Higher Stakes
In terms of tone and the overall approach to Point Break, Kosove wanted to go back to what he feels action films used to be, with higher stakes, “real action, real consequences and people getting hurt”.
Audition for the main actor
Luke Bracey won the role of Johnny Utah after an extensive audition process, and he got the part due to the fact that he seemed “real” and unaffected, according to Kosove. An added bonus was the fact that Bracey has been surfing and playing rugby since childhood.
Cameras used in the film.
The production relied on a variety of different digital cameras in order to depict extreme sports in new and innovative ways, including Go-Pros, the RED camera and an Opticom, which Kosove described as a RED camera fastened to a remote controlled helicopter.
Edgar Ramirez, who plays Bodhi, likened his character’s “wolf pack” of friends and criminals as something akin to “a ring of monks” due to their strict code of ethics and commitment to their cause.
Teresa Palmer, who plays Samsara in the film, describes her character as a kind of oracle, a woman who is “very deeply rooted in her spirituality and has been on this incredibly complex journey from when she was born… and these men look to her for answers.”
Themes of the movie with respect to villains
The villains in the film are simultaneously terrorists and extreme protectors of the environment. Kosove stated that everything they do is to be “one with nature”. As such, the film explores themes of eco-terrorism and radical environmentalism as the driving force underlying the villains’ actions.
Underground fight club in France
Bracey came in to be interviewed with a face made up to look beaten. He explained with a grin that his character had been in a highly choreographed fight with Bodhi, which takes place in an underground fight club in France.
Only one female lead cast
Palmer is the only female in the lead cast and mentioned that what drew her to Samsara was the strength and empowered wisdom of the character
The Ozaki 8 as seen on the chalkboard in the FBI headquarters are as follows:
-1. Emerging Force – Base jump from a high top (Everest, Tibet).
-2 – Birth of Sky – Skydive after to jump from an airplane (San Luis Potosi, Mexico).
-3. Awakening Earth – Penetrate in the Cave of Swallows after skydive (San Luis Potosi, Mexico).
-4. Life of Water – Surf giant ocean waves about 20-30 meters high (Biarritz, France).
-5. Life of Wind – Fly with a wingsuit after jump from a top of a mountain (Churfirsten Mountain Range, Switzerland).
-6. Life of Ice – Make snowboard from the top of an ice mountain to the mountainside (Aosta Valley, Italy).
-7. Master of Six Lives – Climb by a stone wall of a grand waterfall not using security measures (Angel Falls, Venezuela).
-8. Act of Ultimate Trust – Jump to the waterfall after to climb it (Angel Falls, Venezuela).
Filming in Europe
Weather conditions in Europe were disastrous during filming, with torrential rain making it extremely challenging and dangerous to shoot second unit stunts.
RT/Meta Critic Review
but not without achieving a patina of earnest credibility.(Meta Critic)