Point Break (2019)
Who’s In It: Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Marcia Gay Harden, Teyonah Parris, Christian Cooke, Markice Moore
Who Directed It: Joe Lynch
To save his pregnant wife, an emergency room nurse teams up with an injured murder suspect in a race against time, rival criminals and renegade cops.
Running Time: 86 Minutes
IMDB Score: 5.7
Why I Watched It: Really liked the trailer and as I’ve written a 100 times before I’m a big Frank Grillo fan and was really looking forward to watching it.
How I Watched It: Netflix Canada
Random Thoughts: That poster sucks, it looks like they’re at a table waiting for their lunch and if you add that title, which means nothing, you’re thinking what is this film?
This is a remake of a French film from 2010 that I didn’t see, I recall the trailer but never got around to seeing it, I have to assume it’s better than this one, I’ll get to that in a bit.
What I Liked: I really disliked this movie and to be fair it was so dumb and boring I almost turned it off, so with that being said let’s find something positive.
Frank Grillo is fine here but he’s just playing his type he brings nothing new to the role, it’s very stock tough guy which he does well but he’s a better actor than this. Go watch Wheelman, which he also co-produced and was straight to Netflix, a much better film and he had more range and more layers and he pretty much spent the whole movie in a car and on the phone. Here he’s playing a type. Marica Gay Harden gives the best performance, I which it was in a better movie cause she nails this character, she’s a bad guy/bad women and she gives no F’s. I also liked Markice Moore who comes in at the end and it’s a very cliched gangster role but he brings life to the film he has energy.
What I Didn’t Like: This is a very dumb film and also so cliched to the point of being maddening, the Anthony Mackie character and his wife are so under written that their only character traits is that she’s pregnant and he has a wife that’s pregnant, honestly you want to get drunk do a drinking game with this movie every time either one says the word pregnant take a drink you’ll be passed out before the movie is over and that’s not a bad thing. Honestly every line Teyonah Parris says includes that word. You hungry “I’m Pregnant” how was your day “I’m Pregnant” and Mackie isn’t much better, and let’s say just say Mackie is phoning this one in cause he brings nothing to the film. We don’t care about these people cause they’re not people they’re badly written cliches.
The other sad part is the action stinks in this movie, one fist fight, and some gun play, sure car chases, we all know are wonderful they can be. There’s no tension, nothing is built up, there’s no pay off to anything cause they didn’t build anything to pay off. The story is so confusing at the beginning that I was lost what the intentions of characters were. A hi-light (sarcasm) the bad cops hold the pregnant wife in a police station and she’s ready to give birth, she gets away to run into the evidence room and have her water break, yup that happens.
The director Joe Lynch seemed to be going for style over substance but the sad part is he didn’t make a compelling bad ass movie so the style didn’t work one bit. Grillo can carry this kind of film in his sleep but he needed more to work with if you cut Mackie and his wife out and had Grillo go heads up with Harden the film might have worked.
Final Thoughts: A huge disappointment and even at 86 minutes this film over stayed it’s welcome.