Point Break (#34)
Oh the guy emotions. Oh the many climaxes. Oh the adrenaline. Oh the barely concealed soapiness. I’m a little torn because on the one hand, there are really brilliant and iconic moments here; mostly anything involving the Presidents (which is really inspired) and the moments of insane adrenaline. Kathryn Bigelow does a good job pulling solid performances from really bad actors (Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey are both shit but this is the best you’ll ever see them) and surprisingly introspective performances from middling actors (holla to Patrick Swayze). Ultimately, though, the film runs too long on too little, spending too many moments in wondering will-they-or-won’t-they between Bodhi and Johnny to the point where it’s just tiresome. This lengthiness is a point I’ve noticed in most of Bigelow’s films and is what I would target as her major weakness that ultimately lessens an otherwise exciting film.