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Dizzying trailer for 'Point Break' remake surfs wave of extreme sports

A remake of the 1991 film includes all the original anti-capitalist, anarchist fervor and adds a blast of the extreme sports that have sprung up since then. Little hand says it's time to rock and roll!


You're about to jump out a perfectly good airplane, Johnny, how do you feel about that?

Here's the first trailer for the remake of "Point Break", which grafts all manner of wingsuits and other dizzying, extreme-sports stunts to anarchist heist action.

The original 1991 "Point Break" starred Keanu Reeves as quarterback-turned-FBI agent Johnny Utah, tracking down a gang of adrenaline-fuelled surfers moonlighting as notorious bank robbers, led by the late Patrick Swayze. In the new version, Australian actor Luke Bracey from "Home and Away" and "The November Man" is the cop and Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez, from "Carlos" and "The Bourne Ultimatum", is the extreme-sports bad guy.

Also appearing are Teresa Palmer from "Warm Bodies", B-movie perennial Delroy Lindo, and Ray Winstone's incredible indeterminate accent. Oh, and about 35 seconds in, look out for James LeGros, who along with Bojesse Christopher, is one of the original film's bank robbers appearing in the remake as an FBI boss.

The new version, directed by Ericson Core through a "Dark Knight"-style blue filter, takes the bad guys' anarchic, anti-capitalist streak to an international scale. It also ramps up the extreme-sports action from surfing and skydiving to add free climbing, BASE jumping, snowboarding and wingsuiting.

It's the Occupy movement with guns and GoPros.

Remaking a classic and much-beloved action movie is always a risk, but judging from the trailer you can't say the new version isn't putting its money where its mouth is in terms of spectacle. And the promised vertiginous cliff-dives mean that for once I'm actually curious to see the film in 3D. I'm less excited to see Bracey's disastrous hairdo in three dimensions, but if he and Ramírez can capture even a fraction of the chemistry of the original, this might not be the wipeout fans fear.

"Point Break" lands in US theatres on Christmas Day and in the UK on 8 January 2016, with no date yet announced for Australia.