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Both the 1991 film, Point Break, directed by Katheryn Bigelow, and the 2001 movie The Fast and the Furious, directed by Rob Cohen, have put new spins on catching law breakers in their own environment.

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Speed and Surf Audience's fascination with cop and robber type movies has been ever changing since the creation of films. From James Cagney flicks from the 20's and 30's, to the westerns of the 50's and 60's, there have been countless settings for this exciting genre of movie. In recent years, new ideas for the background stories behind these cinematic joyrides have occurred. Both the 1991 film, Point Break, directed by Katheryn Bigelow, and the 2001 movie The Fast and the Furious, directed by Rob Cohen, have put new spins on catching law breakers in their own environment. Although these works differ in settings by one set in the world of surfing and the other in street racing, the parallels between the two are plentiful. Point Break is a film starring Keanu Reeves as, Johnny Utah, an undercover FBI agent that infiltrates the elite world of surfers in order to bring a gang of bank robbers to justice. ...read more.

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The down side was Bodie and the only other remaining robber escaped. After weeks of tracking Bodie down, Utah finds him down in Australia. Instead of taking him into custody like he should, Utah lets him take his life doing the one thing he truly loved, surfing. The Fast and the Furious is not set on the sands of the beach, but the asphalt of various quarter mile strips. This picture stars Paul Walker as undercover policeman Brian O'Conner. His task is to penetrate a ring of street racers in order to uncover the culprits of the truck high-jackings happening on the California freeways. He blends in with one street team in particular. He flirts with the team leader's sister to do this. The leader is Dom, played by Vin Diesel. Diesel like Bodie is a free spirit who has one love in his life. ...read more.

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Unfortunately, you never know if Brian and Dom's sister ever get back together. Although both films end with a bang, this one leaves more questions than the other does. Both The Fast and The Furious and Point Break give the audience a fresh view of what types of people can pull off elaborate heists. It doesn't have to be a methodical criminal. It can be a band of relatively educated surfers or street racers. In doing this both Bigelow, and Cohen make the bad guys less of a threat. Although what the characters of Bodie and Dom are not to be condoned, it doesn't seem all that bad either. The themes of kinship and uncertainty are prevalent through both movies. Even though both movies are not Oscar caliber features, they keep the audience very entertained. Neither Bigelow, nor Cohen sacrifices the fun factor for the story. They didn't need to, because it doesn't matter what setting is in, audiences are fascinated with cop and robber movies. Hopefully, even more original ideas will present themselves in these films in times to come. ...read more.

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