Point Break 3D

Featured In Issue 206, April/May 2016

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WSR Score3.5
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Violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material.
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Point Break is a fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller in which FBI agent Johnny Utah (Bracey) infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes—led by the charismatic Bodhi (Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways. (Gary Reber)

Special features include four featurettes: Rock Climbing (HD 01:52), Wingsuit Flying (HD 02:16), Snowboarding (HD 01:58), and Motocross (HD 01:55); four deleted scenes (HD 08:17); trailers; upfront previews and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p MVC 3D picture is a conversion by Stereo D. The imagery is stylized throughout, which results in an overall unnatural picture. This is true for the numerous diverse and exotic locations where the stunt sequences were shot, as well as for the look of the characters. A yellowish tinge is predominantly cast over imagery. As a result, fleshtones are never natural, nor is the sky or the sea. There is just no escaping the color distortions, which may not be satisfying for viewers. As a post-produced 3D rendering, the imagery delivers on depth and perspective, and at times induces a sense of vertigo-inducing height, such as during stunts involving mountain peaks and terrain. The surfing scenes exhibit less 3D impact but still are more satisfying than the flat two-dimensional version. Overall, the stylization detracts from the spectacular stunts and situations, but otherwise the 3D is at times spectacular. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is loudly dynamic with predominant sound effects reflective of the daring stunts and the accompanying atmospherics such as wind, waves, airborne debris, and pounding action. The music score is loud and aggressive in soundstage dimension and extension to the four surround channels. Deep bass is often intense, extending to sub-25 Hz, with high energy. This is an action soundtrack, and at times dialogue is veiled under the loud sonic extremes. This is a high-impact soundtrack that is bombastic and loud, often fully engaging every channel with high SPL. Like the picture quality, the sonics are exaggerated and uneven. (Gary Reber)