Greatest Criminals (fictional): Point Break’s Bodhi

The Greatest Fictional Criminals series is just something we’re going to do here for a bit of fun. Why be a servant to the law, when you can be it’s master?

Point Break hit theaters 20 years ago this week. So, why not take a moment to reflect on one of the Greatest Criminals that fiction has ever seen?

Were there dudes who stole more loot than Bodhi? Absolutely. Were there dudes that had more fun doing it? Doubtful. That’s why you won’t see Robert DeNiro’s character from The Score in this series, that guy was stealing so he could own a Jazz Club? Bodhi was robbing banks because it was wild.

Bodhi (Dalton) is also an old school bank robber. At one point in the movie, they boast that they’ve heisted 30 banks in 3 years. That’s a good amount of banks, considering they only heist summers part time and surf the rest. All Bodhi needs when he steps into the bank is his Ronald Reagan mask, and some old fashioned fear. At one point, Bodhi refers to his methods of bank robbery as “dog psychology.” Which makes you think, how would Bodhi exist in society as a bank robber 20 years later? With all sorts of heist movies based on new technology, could dog psychology still torment Southern California banks for 3 straight summers? Do people even surf still?

One of Bodhi’s best  moments comes at a point where the Ex-Presidents realize that Johnny Utah (Ted “Theodore” Logan) is an F….B….I…Agent! He responds, Yeah, I know man. Ain’t it wild? That’s what makes it so interesting. You can do what you want, and make up your own rules. Why be a servant to the law, when you can be it’s master?

Sidenote, did Johnny Utah ever trade memorabilia for tattoos when he played Quarterback at Ohio State?

Bodhi wanted to ride to glory, and in the end, Johnny Utah let him do just that. If you consider “death while surfing crazy huge waves” to be glory, at least.

Point Break, 20 years young this week.

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