FBI agent Johnny Utah, a former college football star, is transferred to the Los Angeles department. A group of bank robbers known as the "Ex Presidents" because they wear rubber masks resembling former presidents, have been hitting banks all over Los Angeles, leaving the FBI stumped. This forces Johny Utah undercover as he attempts to infiltrate a group of Southern California surfers whom are expected to be the men responsible for the series of bank heists. Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break is a film soaked in early 90s/late 80s sentiment, touching on the rising counter culture of the time period through this beach bum type culture. Bodhi, the head of the ex-presidents, is really what makes Point Break such a fun genre piece. He isn't a "bad guy" per se, ultimately representing the anti-establishment culture in that he merely wants to live life free of life's everyday struggles which he sees as weights holding him down. Point Blank is certainly a product of the times, features lots of stereotypical beach bum characters, and a somewhat cheesy soundtrack that certainly makes the film feel dated. Bigelow direction is surely the other highlight of the film, injecting Point Break with enough imagery and tension which combined with the counterculture thematic undercurrent makes Point Break the equivalent of Idiot Savant filmmaking. I hadn't seen Point Break in years and while it certainly feels a bit dated, there is no denying how unique the film was for the time.
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