Point Break was a Keanu Reeves classic. It inspired a live stage show, a remake and even talk of a sequel at one point. Fans of the movie may have always wondered about the ending of Point Break, which seems like a reshoot. Screenwriter W. Peter Iliff confirmed it was, and explained why the original ending changed.Iliff was a guest on the Script Apart podcast on Nov. 16, 2021. He explained his original ending to Point Break and why it required a reshoot with Reeves and Patrick Swayze.
‘Point Break’ always ended with the 50 Year Storm
The end of Point Break was always that Johnny Utah (Reeves) let Bodhi (Swayze) surf the 50 Year Storm. Iliff’s point was that Utah let Bodhi die by the samurai code, with honor. However, the first ending with just the wave wasn’t enough. We’re in the middle of a stretch of official Keanu Reeves holidays, with yesterday being Bill & Ted Day, and today being the 28th anniversary of the release of Speed. And we can assume you’ve done all of your shopping, and will now sit back and relax in your armchair with your family, smoking your pipe and telling your children the story of how Neo saved us all from The Matrix.
Meanwhile on Twitter, the 28th anniversary of Speed’s release (one of our Best Action Films of the ‘90s) has Generation X Twitter feeling its age. Which isn’t surprising. It’s hard for many of us to believe that it’s been almost three full decades since we split a full bottle of Beefeater gin in a junior high school playground with a friend, and went to see the movie, and then our friend threw up all over the couple next to him, and then we decided to stay and watch the rest of the movie while he took a two hour subway ride home.