Point Break is an awesome movie. In fact, it is in my opinion, Keanu Reeves' best work. Reeves is given the opportunity to shine in his portrayal of Ex-College Football star turned FBI agent, Johnny Utah. Reeves is sometimes criticized for his wooden performances, thankfully his role as Utah not only benefits from it but also requires it. But it doesn't end there...
The film features a fantastic performance by Gary Busey, made only more bizarre when you consider that he is technically the "straight cop" in the movie. Sure FBI Agent Angelo Pappas has his quirks, but in the grand scheme of things, he is the only agent in the FBI capable of linking the Ex-Presidents to a group of surfers.
Reeves and Busey are joined by Patrick Swayze, as Bodhi. Swayze's career has been bogged with hits and misses, thankfully his hits are always some of the most memorable characters ever committed to celluloid. Films like Red Dawn, Roadhouse, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar and Donnie Darko could easily solidify Swayze's place in any "Top 10 Leading Men" list but the addition of Point Break guarantees it.
The film's suit-up scene is straight and to the point. We immediately find out all we need to know about the Ex-Presidents during its 13 second duration. The group is in this for the thrill, or as Bodhi would say "100% pure adrenaline". We are treated to some common, yet well done, shots. Shotguns and handguns being loaded, clothing being prepared and masks pulled over the faces of our lovable-villains. All together, a well done scene.
I've heard many rumors that director Kathryn Bigelow only married ex-hubby James Cameron to learn his suit-up filming techniques. Cameron is arguably one of the best suit-up scene directors of our time, so it's no wonder she would be interested in his insight. Thankfully for the audience, her sacrifice paid off.
As a side note, there is a participatory play based on the film. Sadly I have not been able to see it, but if you ever have the chance, I suggest you do and report back. More info and video can be found here.