For many years, the American director Kathryn Bigelow was considered to be the only woman trusted to make action movies. She started her career in the 1980s and became a sensation with her second movie Near Dark. With Blue Steel, she sent Jamie Lee Curtis into a fight seldom seen on screen. The success of these two movies set the expectations sky high. But Kathryn Bigelow tested herself again in a new genre. After the success of a vampire movie and a police thriller, she tried her hand at a surfer movie.
Point Break brought the long awaited image change for the handsome TV star Patrick Swayze and marked the rise of the Matrix star Keanu Reeves. Just like with her previous movies, the director redefined this genre according to her attitude. Her approach was new and highly entertaining at the same time. The unusual cast attracted a lot of attention even before it was released. The director quickly fulfilled the high expectations. The focus of this story is a young FBI agent who sneaks into a group of surfers for an investigation.
A Wild Personal Life
The group want to live a wild life that mainly consists of skydiving, surfing, and bank robberies. The group attacked around 30 banks in just a few years. Although nobody was ever injured, but the FBI wanted to get hold of the gang after such a long time. The surfer crew call themselves The Ex-Presidents. The name was chosen because the masks they wear during the raids portray some former presidents of the. These attacks are lightning-fast, and the raid is over after 90 seconds at most.
The Agent Succumbs to Fascination
The authorities are at a loss, but some evidence points to the local surfing scene. There they smuggle in FBI agent Johan Utah, played by Keanu Reeves. As an undercover agent, he is supposed to find the bank robbers. Through his girlfriend, he meets the boss of the Bodhi gang, played by Patrick Swayze. In the course of his investigation, he slips deeper and deeper into the scene and takes pleasure in its lifestyle. Bodhi and his friends keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible and take on all the risks that arise. The adrenaline rush makes the group forget the constraints of life more and more often. Soon the FBI agent himself doubts whether he is ready to go back to the real world.
Bigelow Wins Academy Awards 18 Years Later
The intense action reel in the style of Sam Peckinpah convinced critics and fans alike. Some even described the movie as a thoroughly composed opera of emotion and violence. In 2015, Hollywood tried to take a shot at a remake. However, that could not hold up to the original. It would take another 18 years before the director’s work was officially recognized. In 2009, she was the first woman in cinema history to win an Oscar for Best Director and Producer as well as Best Picture of the year with her film The Hurt Locker.