In Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. The group is led by Bodhi, a deeply spiritual thrill seeker who seduces agent Utah into joining him in his pursuit of “the ultimate rush.”
On the surface of Point Break floats a standard action narrative that follows undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah into the radical world of surfing, skydiving, and bank robbing. Beneath tha standard action narrative lies the machismo: a hyper-masculine, chest-puffing orgy of bros being bros. But it’s below the machismo that the true corpus of Point Break lies—the heat needed for that critical balance to create fire. The relationship between Johnny Utah and Bodhi is full of complexity and passion and they are presented as physical equals. They are spiritual counterparts standing on opposite sides of the law. They excite each other, they infuriate each other, and they respect each other. But most of all… they love each other.
Point Break (1991) is part of the Zomeravond theme Homoerotic Hollywood Heroes. Every Wednesday evening during the summer, Kriterion organises a theme night with two films and a side program. The other film within this theme is Platoon (1986), click here for tickets to that film.