When dealing with a remake, it’s easy to ask why filmmakers don’t aim to be better than the original, but it’s also easy to understand that “better” is both subjective and hard to pull off. Bigger, however, is not. And that’s what the Point Break remake will be… bigger in scope than the original, with more kick-ass stunts, a seemingly global story, and beautiful natural locales that beat the hell out of a beach in California. Bigger doesn’t always get the job done, though.
The original Point Break has persevered because of the characters (and the actors that played them). Will the new version, whose trailer debuted yesterday, match up? It’s hard to say, but as unfair as it is to judge a film by its trailer, that’s exactly what I did in an effort to compare the characters from Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 film to the versions of those characters that we’ll see when Point Break debuts this Christmas.