Loosely based on the 1991 movie with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, Point Break, which opens on Christmas Day, is a high-adrenaline thriller spotlighting extreme sports.
Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey, November Man, GI Joe: Retaliation) is a young FBI agent who infiltrates a team of thrill-seeking elite athletes, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez, Zero Dark Thirty, The Bourne Ultimatium), who are the architects of a string of inconceivable crimes.
The movie contains scenes of the most daring athleticism seen on the screen, performed by elite athletes in big wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing and high-speed motocross riding.
Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez spoke with journalists at the press day for Point Break which opening in the US and Canada December 25th 2015.
The 1991 Point Break hovers over this film, how much did Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves affect what you wanted to do?
Luke Bracey: Along with Edgar, I am a huge fan of the original. Growing up on Sydney’s golden beaches surfing [my] whole life in the nineties, for me, it was a movie me and my friends watched almost on a weekly basis. The original movie had such an ethos, I think it’s an inspiration, I think it’s something that really colors this film.
Talking of what Keanu and Patrick did for me, we’re making a different film, but [with the same vibe], with that ethos, with that heart, with that drive, with that ideal that life’s about living and you should go out and [live] it.
So rather than hanging over us, I thought it helped us and inspired us, it gave us the direction we needed to go in. Then we could make our Utah and our Bohdi unique, but still have that backbone that the original did, but go on from there and make something new and something for 2015 rather than 1991.
Edgar Ramirez: Unlike Luke, I didn’t grow up surfing or by the ocean, so for me it was a totally new and exciting experience to get a taste of what surfing is. One of the things that I learned is that there’s no wave identical to the next, that happens only once and if you catch that wave and you ride that wave, it’s a moment that will happen only once in your life, and you hold on to that memory and there’s no way to repeat it or recreate it.
I think the same thing happens with characters, and what Keanu and Patrick did was unique, it was beautiful and it was not susceptible to be recreated. We could speak hours about the differences between the world 25 years ago and the world right now. Our movie pretty much recreates the broken dream and the broken promise of Capitalism.
I think the main theme in this movie that Keanu and Patrick really portrayed amazingly is whatever you do in life, do it with passion and do it to the fullest.
Can you talk a little bit about your fight scene or where you actually got to do a little bit of the physical stunts yourself?
Luke: The physical aspect of this movie is something that really drew me to it. I grew up surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding, so it’s something that’s very close to me. I really wanted to do everything I could until the pros took over, until the real guys got to do what they do best.
The fight scene we had was very fun. We wanted that to be as unpolished as possible. You see some fight scenes in movies and they’re pretty choreographed, and you can see the choreography, and we wanted to be pretty dirty, there’s a few head butts, and knees below the belt, and it’s not so clean. We rehearsed for three weeks so we could get it as intense as possible, but also have that rawness to it.
Edgar: The rest of the sports we were allowed to practice (except for wingsuit flying), because definitely there was no way to get a taste of proximity flying unless you’re willing to die, and that’s not the case.
The one thing all these athletes have in common is that they couldn’t care less about being number one. It’s about the search, and what lies beyond the challenge, what you can gain as a human being if you push yourself beyond what you consider is your limit.