Point Break Indo was due to shoot in Australia and Indonesia without the stars of the 1991 original, and Lori Petty, who appeared in the cult film, isn't surprised the film project has drowned without her, Patrick Swayze or Keanu Reeves.
She tells MovieHole.net, "How can do they do a sequel and not put me, Keanu or Patrick in it? I mean, even a cameo - like a Where's Waldo kind of thing.
"(We could be) in the background somewhere. It would've sold, like, $10 million more tickets!"
Point Break Indo was to have been directed by Jeff Wadlow, who replaced Jan de Bont. The stars, Damien Walshe-Howling and Rick Otto, have been released from the project and allowed to seek other acting work, according to MovieHole.net.
Can it be any more obvious that Never Back Down is just The Karate Kid for die-hard Ultimate Fighting Championship fans? Like Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) is the new kid in town. And an easy target for those looking to pick a fight. See Jake has a nasty habit of letting his temper get the best of him whenever he’s taunted about his dad’s drunk-driving death. So it’s not long before footage of the beating Jake gave a rival football player back in Iowa makes the rounds at his new high school in Orlando. Applying his belief that “to be the best you have to take out the best ” backyard brawler Ryan McCarthy (Cam Gigandet) baits Jake into exchanging blows. Guess who’s left bloodied and bruised? Out for revenge Jake takes mixed martial arts lessons from Jean Roquoa (Djimon Hounsou). But will Jake abide by Roquoa’s rule that he cannot fight outside of his gym? Please this isn’t Never Fight Back. As Jake prepares for a rematch with Ryan he finds himself falling for his opponent’s girlfriend Baja (Amber Heard). Hounsou recently earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Blood Diamond. So shouldn’t he doing something more worthy of his time and talents than channeling his inner Mr. Miyagi? Maybe the money was too good to ignore. Regardless Hounsou brings much class and conviction to an undemanding role that even Jean-Claude Van Damme could pull off in his sleep. He doesn’t resort to “wax on wax off” exercises as part of his training program but he does get to spout many Miyagi-isms in his quest to make his hotheaded apprentice a better person. What strikes you the most about Faris (TV’s Life As We Know It) is not his moves but how eerily he looks and carries himself like a young Tom Cruise. He’s got the smirk and cockiness down pat but he’s unable to fake us into thinking he possesses a fraction of Cruise’s Top Gun-era charisma and exuberance. The lean but ripped Gigandet (The O.C.) appears to be the end result of a cloning experiment that combined DNA from Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. But he isn’t very intimidating as Ryan and Never Back Down suffers for it. Heard (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) gives Baja enough smarts to ensure she stands out from the other bikinied blondes found poolside at Ryan’s McMansion. Never Back Down owes its very existence to The Karate Kid but director Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf) takes his visual cues from Friday Night Lights. The film even opens with the football game that establishes Jake’s reputation as a “natural-born brawler.” So it’s evident from the get-go that Wadlow plans to employ FNL’s agitated you-are-there style of storytelling to chronicle our hero’s fall and rise. It certainly lends a semblance of realism to what is an involving but by-the-numbers underdog-to-superman male fantasy. And it makes the countless fight scenes seem all the more bone-crushingly brutal. At 113 minutes Never Back Down wears out its welcome before Jack and Ryan go mano a mano one last time. Wadlow and screenwriter Chris Hauty do use the time wisely to thoroughly explore what’s going inside Jack’s battered head. They also develop Jake’s romance with Baja so that it is more than just an excuse to heighten the tension between Jake and Ryan. Sadly Jake’s relationship with Roquoa never really extends beyond the task at hand and Jake’s problems at home are never adequately resolved. But despite this and the obviousness of it all Never Back Down at least tries to deliver more than Jake’s beatdowns.
The ennui of high-schoolers is a universal problem--a rite of passage almost--but it's usually a harmless one. In the case of the high school students at Westlake Prep a posh private school it turns into a deadly game. Owen (Julian Morris) is a transfer student from England and has a history of acting out. Once ensconced on campus it doesn't take him long to find a clique and revert to his old ways. Owen and his friends play a game in which they spread an online rumor that a serial killer called "The Wolf" is responsible for a recent on-campus murder and is set to strike again. Many of the aforementioned twists are revealed via AOL "Instant Messenger " which is suppose to be topical. By describing the killer's next victims they try to see how many students they can scare. But when the victims actually start to (seemingly) turn up dead--by the group's predicted methods of murder no less--Owen fears the game has turned real and deadly. Now this little clique that once sauntered about aimlessly and innocently in their debonair little uniforms begin to question one another.
Cry Wolf employs a bunch of unknowns to play the Westlake students and they all more than hold their own against Jon Bon Jovi. Yes that Bon Jovi. He plays Rich Walker aka Mr. Walker the schoolteacher who threatens to expose Owen's plans although Owen thinks he's up to much more than that. The rocker's trademark pearly whites are hard to not notice but he does display a surprising acting ability. It isn't like this is his first time you know. He did play the hunky painter in Moonlight and Valentino so at least he knows his way around a camera. As far as the lead relative newcomer Morris is the real revelation in an otherwise standard horror flick. He has a face that's recognizable--even if you don't know who he is--and an ability to make the nonsense he utters seem somehow believable. As his cohort Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead) plays Owen's female equivalent Dodger who turns out to be his ultimate arch-nemesis. But she suffers from something that happens when 26-year-olds are cast as 18-year-olds--she's wise beyond her years. Of course it's not her fault and she plays her conniving character with surprising proficiency. It just doesn't fit in with the rest of the milieu.
Cry Wolf marks Jeff Wadlow's major motion picture debut as a writer and a director. So that's two strikes against him already. Wadlow pulls out as many twists and thriller clichés as possible and in the process sends everyone spinning in circles including the audience. Of course playing with the whole "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" theme is interesting but the film repeatedly comes up with one cop-out surprise after another. If Wadlow can't write a character out of a major jam or implausibility he just compounds the problem by further perpetuating the illogical spin or simply concocting a whole new one which makes audiences "ooh" and "ah" for all the wrong reasons. Plus his writing style while appropriate for maybe a grown-up whodunit makes the "teenagers" too highfalutin as if they're reciting Shakespeare instead of just talking like well teenagers. High-school students don't muse with such rumination and clarity not even British ones. Cry Wolf should have just gone straight to video. At least then it might have had a chance with a cult following.