Soundtrack Review: Point Break

Soundtrack Review: Point Break

Point Break Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Point Break by Mark Isham.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 93.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 44.8
Album Excellence: 68.9%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves and Gary busey. After a string of bizarre bank robberies in Southern California, with the crooks donning masks of various former presidents, a federal agent, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), infiltrates the suspected gang. But this is no ordinary group of robbers. They’re surfers – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) – who are addicted to the rush of thievery. But when Utah falls in love with a female surfer, Tyler (Lori Petty), who is close to the gang, it complicates his sense of duty. The score is composed by Mark Isham.

Ah, the classic Point Break. It’s a guy film, it really is. It’s about the bro code and the dilemmas that ensues. What would you do? It’s kind of heartbreaking, the whole thing because everything is a gray area. The music has become legendary as well, well maybe not legendary but it’s a sought after album. La-La Land Records released the score in 2008 and it’s sadly out of print. There’s a remake of Point Break coming out soon so I thought I’d review the old one, where it all began. The score opens with ‘Opening’, a bit dreamy and calm, like the waves in slow motion. The surfers and their lifestyles. It’s not until the trumpet hits around 40 seconds in that I remember the music. It’s exciting and quite pompous as well, sounding like the perfect moment on the waves, point break, is about to happen. Love this opening cue. ‘Pappas’ Theory’ is where the youthful action montage briefly breaks in between the otherwise dreamy music.

It’s interesting as I have listened to 500+ 2015 scores this year and a lot of them are of the minimalistic kind, and as I’m listening to this score with cues like ‘Both Parents Diseased’, I realise that this cue could have been on any of these 2015 scores. Isham was ahead of his time. I love the ethereal quality of the score. I can’t imagine what it must have been like listening to the actual score recording in 1991. IT must have been surreal surrounded by Robin Hood, Hook, Addams Family and Terminator 2. The action material in this score is not why you listen to it. ‘Fight With Razorheads’ for example is rudimentary and not that great. Instead listen to ‘Night Surfing’ which has action elements, but also everything that makes this score great. This is probably not a classic, but it’s great for the fans of the movie and even if you’re not, it has a nice eclectic style not so common in 1991, well worth a listen or two.

1. Opening
2. Pappas’ Theory
3. Both Parents Deceased
4. The Tackle
6. Bodhi And Utah
7. Night Surfing
8. Love On The Beach *
10. Utah, Tyler / Four Horsemen
11. Outside Pappas
13. Tyler Misunderstands *
14. Campfire
16. Skydive
20. No Parachute
21. Love In The Desert *
22. Freedom

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Point Break, 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating


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