There’s not an extreme sports stunt left unturned in Point Break (2015). The remake to Katherine Bigelow’s action-melodrama sees the original’s big wave surfing and raises with dirt-biking, paragliding, snow-boarding, wing-suit flying and free-style rock climbing. The bare bones plot of the original is here – by-the-book cop Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) goes undercover to figure out the identity of a group of athletes-turned-thieves, inevitably bringing him into the crosshair of the charismatic but dangerous Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). It’s not long before Utah’s questioning his allegiance to the ‘job’ versus the newfound camaraderie with his bro. The plot here is almost beside the point though – an excuse to showcase the film’s admittedly excellent practical stunt-work (in particular a free-style rock climbing/chase sequence up the world’s highest waterfall: Venezuela’s Angel Falls).
In the following interview with star Edgar Ramirez, he discusses how he would fare rock-climbing up Angel Falls, the perils of acting in midair off a cliff and how much he sides with Bodhi’s free-spirited philosophy. For the full interview, watch below.
- How would Ramirez fare rock-climbing Angel Falls?
- The actor discusses shooting whilst hanging off the side of a cliff
- On the moral philosophy of Bodhi
- Does Ramirez have a favorite remake?
Here’s the official synopsis for Point Break:
In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller “Point Break,” a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill seeking elite athletes, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a string of staggering crimes that kill innocent people and send the world’s economy into a tailspin.
Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the callous architects of these inconceivable crimes.
The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by extreme athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.