By Tim Stack
May 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
Richard Foreman

Summer is no fun without a truly insane, over-the-top action movie. Fast & Furious 6 seems to be the one to beat this year…. unless The Smurfs 2 has a really incredible Parkour chase. But even Vin Diesel vs. a tank cannot come close to the ludicrous brilliance of 1991’s Point Break. It’s got a pretty beach setting. An even prettier cast (Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze). A non-brain-taxing plot (Surfing bank robbers!). And Gary Busey! What more do you need? Okay, well here are a few more reasons why it’s the best summer movie of all time:

  • Because it’s about surfing bank robbers who dress up like former Presidents when they commit crimes.
  • Because Keanu Reeves character is a former college football star named Johnny Utah and no one ever giggles.
  • Because Patrick Swayze’s character is named Bodhi and no one ever giggles.
  • Because Kathryn Bigelow directs the hell outta this movie. Surfing and skydiving have never looked better on film.
  • Because Keanu says lines like, “You gotta go down!” and no one ever giggles.
  • Because Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis plays a character named Tone.
  • Because Swayze has got great hair in this movie (see above photo). Bangs!
  • Because Patrick says lines like “Back off Warchild, seriously.” and no one ever giggles.
  • Because Lori Petty starred in this and like four other movies before completely disappearing. Where are you, Lori?
  • Because there’s an entire action sequence that hinges on a lawnmower malfunctioning.
  • Because Gary Busey’s performance is the least insane part of the movie.
  • Because the foot chase between Johnny and Bodhi through alleyways is still one of the most viscerally thrilling action scenes ever.
  • Disagree PopWatchers? Then what do you think is the best summer movie?

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