RELEASED 2001 RUNTIME 106 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION ROB COHEN SCREENPLAY GARY SCOTT THOMPSON, ERIK BERGQUIST, DAVID AYER STARRING VIN DIESEL, PAUL WALKER, MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, JORDANA BREWSTER, MATT SCHULZE, RICK YUNE, CHAD LINDBERG, JOHNNY STRONG, TED LEVINE MUSIC BT
Ok, before anybody gives me hate for this high score, let me say that this is one of my absolute guilty movie pleasures. Hell, who am I kidding?! This movie is awesome! I won’t apologise!
POINT BREAK VS. THE FAST & THE FURIOUS
Ok, yes, it’s basically Point Break with cars, so what?! Point Break is one of the coolest movies ever made, and this one is almost as cool overall. Also, I am one of the people complaining about remakes and reboots, BUT as long as the remake is equally as good and distinguishable different than the original, I am all in. And this one is the best example of a remake done right.
Ok, let’s go over the checklist:
Find an equivalent to Patrick Swayze equally as cool: Vin Diesel – CHECK!
Find somebody equally as bad of an actor as Keanu Reaves, but equally as charismatic: Paul Walker – CHECK!
Find as cool of a sport like surfing which the story centers upon: Street Racing – CHECK!
Have action sequences equally as good as the bank robbery, surfing, foot chase through the yards and jumping out the airplane without a parachute: Hijacking a truck (x2), street races (x3), escaping the cops, chasing Johnny Tran’s gang through LA – CHECK!
Have cool music: CHECK!
bonus points: This movie spawned an awesome franchise that arguably gets better and better with each instalment – CHECK (ok, 2 and 3 were shit, but everything after that is awesome!)
Only one thing about this movie stinks and that’s why it gets not a 9/10 like Point Break: All the jersey shore people around the first drag race, which also is a little out of control over-stylized + unrealistically long (for a 1/4 mile).
So here you go! There is an argument to be made that surfers are cooler overall than street racers, but I don’t do either, so I can’t judge. European ravers are still the best though! 😛