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Point Break

Five Stars: It's omni-awesome

    Art, genre, exploitation... thanks to one transformative journey into the greater plane of cinematic experience, these categories of film are all but archaic now. The film that elevated us, that enlightened us, that opened our eyes and lead us to a window into a visceral beauty that we can only hope to be reborn into after we perish from this one. The revolutionary style of filmmaking: high concept. The key to this Eden: a movie called Point Break.

     Directed by Academy Award-winning arteur Katherine Bigelow, produced by blockbuster God James Cameron, and staring the greatest man of all time, the late Patrick Swayze, as well as America's finest actor, Keanue Reeves. To say this film is a masterpiece is an understatement. The excellence of Point Break's essence moves beyond the mere status of brilliant artistic merit and conquers theorized levels of perception mankind once assumed were only explorable by the omnipresent.

    Keanue Reeves plays a character who, quantifiably, may be the most remarkable person in American history. He certainly has an impressive resume. He was the starting quarterback for Ohio State. He won the Orange Bowl. He then decided to join the FBI where he became the most promising recruit in the country. And that's just his backstory. Who is he? "The name's Johnny Utah," Keanue Reeves states like a blank canvas of emotion, subtly inviting the viewer to project their own self onto such a mythic profile. But Johnny Utah's development is not over. Now the FBI is paying him to go undercover, as himself, into the world of surfing in order to find the best bank robbers in the United States. 

What? You don't follow? Keep reading. 

    Enter Bohdi, a legendary underground Zen Budhist surfer. He is played by Patrick Swayze with his natural superiority in gentleness, strength, and wisdom. Bohdi meets Johnny Utah and, of coarse, the two become admirers of each other's awe-inspiring awesomeness. "You got the kamikaze in you boy, I can smell it," Bodhi tells him. From there, Bodhi becomes Johnny Utah's spiritual mentor and introduces him to the exalting grace and wonder of gambling with your life on the great tides of the sea. There's just one problem: Johnny Utah doesn't know Bodhi is also an anarcho-primitivist criminal visionary who is responsible for the bank robberies he's investigating.  At least, he doesn't know yet...

Brutal and poetic, Point Break is almost like a modern day Greek epic... that is, if the Greeks were more beautiful, had better stories, and were less gay.  The only downside to watching this film is that it is almost impossible for the viewer to happily adjust back to their old life afterwords. However, I urge you to remain steadfast in your baptism to the drug of pure awesomeness, because, as Bodhi teaches, "If you want the ultimate rush you have to be willing to pay the ultimate price." 

Review: Taylor