I grew vaguely excited about the forthcoming Point Break remake when footage was released a few days ago of Bruce Irons and Dylan Longbottom, two of the stuntmen used for the movie, sharing a tube at Teahupoo. Now I’ve seen the trailer. If the first Point Break was a good bad film — to borrow G.K. Chesterton’s classification, popularised by Orwell, of certain novels as “good bad books” — then the second one looks more like a bad bad film. Or maybe a not bad terrible film? Or an excellent fucking awful film? We shall have to wait until December — Christmas Day, in fact — to find out.
It doesn’t seem there’ll be much surfing getting in the way of the no doubt watertight plot, but on the other hand there is Ray Winstone, who clearly cannot be trusted with any accent other than a Ray Winstone accent, and for this reason ought to be cast wherever possible in roles requiring non-Ray Winstone accents. I should like to see him play Eugène Terre’Blanche, for instance, in a biopic of the racist South African politician, or maybe an IRA member in a film about the Northern Ireland “Troubles”. Winstone’s American accent here falls squarely into the good bad American accent category, and I predict it will save the film from disaster.
Here’s the trailer for the original, for comparison’s sake: