The latest title in the Kermode Uncut Film Club is Kathryn Bigelow's brilliant surfing heist movie. Watch the intro and the movie and let me know what you think of my choice.

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  • Comment number 58. Posted by Andy McGurn

    on 8 Dec 2013 22:02

    Point Break is the movie I have seen more times than any other and 22 years since I saw it at the cinema, I still love it.

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  • Comment number 57. Posted by Sam Shaw

    on 7 Nov 2013 19:58

    I saw it once years ago. it was crap. hopefully i wont see it again

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  • Comment number 56. Posted by Jack Dempsey

    on 25 Sept 2013 13:20

    I really like this film for this simple fact that is doesn't overplay its hand. There are many action films that are smart and smart to the point that the term action film seems too limiting, parochial even. There are still more action films with delusions of grandeur, which stand as evidence of a director's fatuous self importance. Bigelow finds a great balance. It is a thriller in essential parts but it has its eye on counter-culture and big themes. There are fantastical moments but when I was watching it did not seem inflated. Beyond that the casting and photography is great.

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  • Comment number 55. Posted by Raffaella

    on 9 Sept 2013 00:46

    Okay, I’ve just seen the movie for the first time… I guess I would describe it as a typical example of a “so bad it’s good” film. Ultra cheesy dialogue, a Kianu Reeves at his most bland and a plot full of inconsistencies. I started laughing at the infamous “Bodhi, this is your fucking wake-up call man, I am an F. B. I. Agent!”. What an incredibly stupid line!
    And yet I loved Patrick Swayze’s performance and the action scenes were definitely tense. But really Mark, your introduction gave me a totally wrong impression of the film. It doesn’t “get right inside the surfing world”. I don’t claim to be an expert on the surfing community but I recently saw Storm Surfers by chance at the cinema and was really impressed with it. Point break is more of a parody of surfers (and cops).
    P.S. I also disagree with you on the Zero Dark Thirty torture issue. I won’t say it endorses torture but I definitely got the impression that it justifies it in that particular context. That is just wrong.

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  • Comment number 54. Posted by adampunter

    on 4 Sept 2013 15:26

    Point Break was one of those titles I knew was well regarded but somehow I had never seen, so I recorded the recent airing on BBC1. I feel privileged to be able to see the film from a first-timer’s perspective as I found it utterly gripping and a real thrill. The pace is relentless - you are riding a wave throughout. The performances in the main roles are thoroughly engaging and the action sequences are stunning. "100% pure adrenaline!"

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  • Comment number 53. Posted by 28daysearlier

    on 3 Sept 2013 14:39

    Saw it about a year ago at an open air screening on Godrevy Head with the sound of waves crashing in the background. There was a heavy shower which came in from the St Ives direction which coincided with the final scene in New Zealand which added a whole level of immersion I've never experienced before. Wonderful...

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  • Comment number 52. Posted by Captain Clark

    on 31 Aug 2013 11:16

    You know a film is perfect when, no matter how many times you have seen it, if you're channel hopping and see it's on the TV, you can happily sit and watch it again. For me Point Break is one of those films. The action sequences and stunts are in a class of their own, the dialogue endlessly quotable (to this day I can never ask for two of anything without saying "Utah! Get me two!"), all of the characters actually have character, and it has Tom Sizemore in it. In some ways I think of the film as a strange companion piece to Dead Poets Society, in as much that they're both films about not following the norms or rules of what's expected of you but to fully live for yourself, for the moment. I love this film, and can't ever imagine a time when I will stop watching it.

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  • Comment number 51. Posted by RobbieJJones

    on 30 Aug 2013 23:00

    Point Break easily cracks my top 5 action films of all time. I'd be lying if I said I've been a life long fan - Never even heard of it until Hot Fuzz. But it really is a fantastic film to watch, and once again proves that despite Keanu Reeve's acting ability being a bit on the abysmal side, he's certainly not an actor to drag a film down with him, as he proved again a few years later in Speed. If I had to choose between the 2, I think Point Break has the higher re-watch value, even if just for that ending, which is actually one of my favourites of all time

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  • Comment number 50. Posted by Usul

    on 30 Aug 2013 20:04

    I think it's great. I just wish it was possible to make films like this now with out having CG everything. That whole chase scene from bank to the river, you know if they did that today the entire city would have to end up exploding.
    It ended in a fist fight too, do you really think they could leave it like that now?

    Surfers in rubber president masks robbing banks? like, totally awesome dude!

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  • Comment number 49. Posted by TomD

    on 30 Aug 2013 19:01

    You've just got to love this film, anyone who doesn't needs to smoke a big one and stop taking life so seriously.

    This is one of the most quotable films of all time " we must have a had a real asshole shortage " etc....

    I also like to refer to it as the most 80's film that wasn't made in the 80's.

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