Point Break (12A)

two stars

Dir: Ericson Core

With: Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey

WATCHING this reboot of the 1991 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze surfer thriller, one is left asking, “What is the point of Point Break take two?” That depends on what you are after.

If you are looking for a story firing on all synapses, as in Kathyrn Bigelow’s original actioner, then Keanu and Patrick are your men. But if you prize spectacle above all, then cinematographer turned director Ericson Core has something to float your surfboard.

Luke Bracey takes the Keanu role of Utah, sportsman turned rookie FBI agent, who goes undercover to investigate a series of bank robberies. Chief among the suspects is charismatic extreme sportsman Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez).

There are endless amounts of pseudo mystical guff spoken about man versus nature. If that fails to raise a smile, there’s Ray Winstone, playing an FBI agent, doing an American accent straight outta EastEnders. Still, Core and his cast execute the action sequences in an exciting enough fashion.

Rams (15)

three stars

Dir: Grímur Hákonarson

With: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson

Runtime: 91 minutes

WINNER of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, and Iceland’s Oscar entry, this tale of two brothers fighting to save their heritage is a bleak but stunningly crafted, and often very beautiful, affair. Amid the grand themes about love of the land and kin are some wonderfully bizarre comic moments. One to savour.

GFT, Filmhouse Edinburgh, DCA, Dundee, and on demand