For many Americans, Christmas is a day synonymous with Santa Claus, presents, and family time. For a lot of us, it also means a trip to the movies. And for those of us that are extreme sports enthusiasts, this year it presents a special opportunity for movie-going as the new Point Break comes out in theaters nationwide.
If you’re old enough, you’ll remember the original Point Break, a cult classic starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. It’s a film that is so revered that stage plays, spoofs, and now a re-make have been spawned from it. Which leaves us asking: Why a remake? And why now?
The original Point Break has some breathtaking scenes of skydiving and surfing fifty foot waves, among other extreme activities. But, in 2015, special effects and filmmaking techniques have become so advanced in comparison to what was used in 1991 that filmmakers felt it was time for a reboot. And if the trailers for the new movie are any indication, extreme sports enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to.
The official trailer starts off with the ancient proverb, “There are some who do not fear death, for they are more afraid of not really living.” This might as well be the credo and mantra of any extreme sports enthusiast as it sums up the desire to push one’s limits. In the trailer, we see characters in wingsuits jumping from a plane into a cave, deploying their parachutes at the last possible second. We see motorcycles getting big air, extreme snowboarding, mountain climbing with no gear or harnesses, and, of course, surfing huge waves. Pro skateboarder, Bob Burnquist, even created a skate ramp on a yacht for the film.
This is a film about extreme athletes and, from the looks of the trailer, it is not short on depictions of these athletes doing a multitude of extreme sports. As Johnny Utah says in the trailer, “I’m thinking these aren’t normal people.” And isn’t that the point? Who wants to be “normal” anyway? As the proverb indicates, extreme athletes don’t fear death – they fear not really living life to the fullest. If jumping out of planes, heli-skiing, or skateboarding off of a yacht isn’t for you, that’s okay. But you can at least appreciate and enjoy those that really go for it by celebrating extreme sports and the athletes who engage in them this Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas, and good luck finding your own Point Break!