Some queer critics say the ultimate between-the-lines gay movie is Tony Scott’s 1986 classic, Top Gun, featuring a steaming sub-textual affair between Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. But, no – according to everyone at The Outmost, the ultimate gay boy’s subtext film is Kathryn Bigelow’s surf ‘n heist fest, Point Break, in which a smouldering Keanu Reeves and a cool-but-emotionally-tortured Patrick Swayze conduct a full-blown love affair right before our very eyes.
Keanu plays FBI agent Johnny Utah, who goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers, who are also surf dudes. Chief of the robbing surf-dudes is Bohdi (Swayze), and when the two meet they literally fall in love with each other before our very eyes.
Then they (a) chase each other up and down the beach during a midnight soccer game, (b) trade body-conscious stares after Patrick saves Keanu from being beaten up in the shower, (c) skydive entwined around each other, twice, (d) repeatedly refrain from exposing each other’s secret identities and (e) wind up fighting in the sea while handcuffed to each other.
Lori Petty’s also around as someone’s love interest, but she doesn’t do anything much.
The final scene in Point Break a moving elegy to the central romance. After a fight to prove their heterosexual manliness, Keanu uncuffs free-spirited bank robber Patrick and lets him kill himself by surfing in dangerous weather, rather than taking the glory of locking him up humiliatingly in prison.
It’s a true case of ‘If you love him, let him go’.
The remake will star Luke Bracey (GI Joe) as Johnny and Édgar Ramírez (Zero Dark Thirty) as Bhodi. We’re hoping for more homoerotic shenanigans (and less bad acting).
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