Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. Japan/USA, 1991. Largo Entertainment, JVC Entertainment Networks. Story by Rick King, W. Peter Iliff, Screenplay by W. Peter Iliff. Cinematography by Donald Peterman. Produced by Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Peter Jamison. Costume Design by Colby P. Bart, Louis Infante. Film Editing by Howard E. Smith.
After a series of robberies have been committed in banks by men wearing presidential masks, suspicion arises that their identities might actually be those of a group of California surfers. Keanu Reeves plays a cop who is assigned the task of going undercover among them and getting close to their leader (Patrick Swayze) in order to learn more information before the police can make any arrests. Along the way he improves his surf skills, befriends the group’s token female (Lori Petty) and gets to know Swayze well enough to risk being friends with him. Director Kathryn Bigelow does a great job of emphasizing gorgeous photography of crashing waves and sunny beaches, but it’s still a movie that wants us to believe in Keanu Reeves as a cop. Enjoyable to the point of stupidity, fluffy yet fun.