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Slant Magazine | 'Point Break' Review

Slant Magazine

The idea of achieving enlightenment, if not just a breed of physical perfection, is embedded in the more grueling fitness regimes of the day. Ultimate fighters, extreme sports nuts, and CrossFitters alike seem to unite in habits that split the difference between the militaristic and religious: They engage in ascetic, anachronistic diets and unholy, life-denying training regimens, exhibiting elevated senses of self-worth. Ericson Core's remake of Point Break takes the modern athlete's Zen-like aspirations to one logical extreme. In its philosophical and criminal investigations (largely imported from Kathryn Bigelow's original), the film moves in dozens of illogical directions, but not without achieving a patina of earnest credibility.

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