KEANU REEVES IS EVERYWHERE
By Todd Camp, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
RISING STAR HAS CENTER STAGE IN TWO MOVIES -- AND ONE IS CLEARLY BETTER THAN THE OTHER.
Keanu Reeves fans may think they are seeing double, because this young actor is now starring in two hot summer movies.
Roles in such films as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), The River's Edge (1986) and Parenthood (1989) have made Reeves one of Hollywood's hottest properties.
It's a nice situation to be in, but back-to-back films don't always work in an actor's best interest. Take Point Break. I rate it four on a scale of 10. It stars Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey, and is rated R, for profanity, bloody shoot-'em-up violence, adult situations and subject matter.
Point Break is an action thriller and the perfect example of how too much, too fast can ruin a picture.
Reeves stars as an FBI agent who tries to track down a gang of bank robbers. He and his partner, played by Gary Busey, suspect the thugs to be surfers.
Reeves becomes an undercover surfer to find the band.
Patrick Swayze stars as the local Big Kahuna. He is happy to meditate on the merits of tube riding and to continue searching for the perfect wave.
Unfortunately, Swayze spouts out airheaded fluff (the script is probably to blame here) with glassy-eyed glee.
Reeves seems to slip in and out of character: One minute, he portrays a staunch FBI agent and the next minute, he slips into his Bill and Ted persona. Overall, Point Break is a lightweight film. It could almost be OK if its two stars actually did any acting.
On the other hand, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey is better. I rate it a seven on a scale of 10. It stars Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin. The film is rated PG for scattered mild profanity and some scary business.
Much more entertaining than Point Break, Bogus Journey has Reeves and Alex Winter reprising their roles as leading rock `n' roll wannabees.
This time, the pair tries to outwit the evil Bill and Ted robot sent from the future with a mission to wipe out their counterparts.
If that wasn't enough, our heroes die, go to heaven, challenge death, rescue the princess babes and save the world from a most heinous future.
Granted, Bill and Ted is not Oscar material, but the film is geared toward young audiences and it certainly gives them what they want.