The Ryan Report -- Episode 407 "Cops and Robbers"
So, there are a lot of reasons I’m glad things didn’t go worse at the bank: Castle and his mom are okay, no innocent lives were lost, a bad man is under arrest, all that. But there is also a more trivial reason I’m not too proud to admit – Point Break wasn’t ruined for me.
See, if something truly awful had gone down in there, I could no longer look on Bodhi and his band of surfing, skydiving bank robbers the same way. Now, I know I should have lost any admiration for their alternative lifestyle the moment I picked up the badge, but we all know Swayze, may he rest in peace, could be very persuasive. He waxed on about dead souls inching down the freeway in their metal coffins and about how the human spirit was still alive and I was hooked.
There is just something about bank robbers, at least in the movies anyway, that speaks to me, and I think to a lot of other people too. You steal the purse off an old lady, or candy from a baby, you’re going to rank pretty low on my low life scale – you take from a fully insured multi-national corporation, it’s not so black and white. I have to admit if four dudes dressed as ex-presidents stormed into one of those big ole Wall Street, bail out banks and stole their golden parachutes, I wouldn’t put quite as much hustle into solving that case. You know, if I worked robberies. And, well, let’s be honest, I would hustle, I’m a goody two-shoes and everyone knows it, but I would at least think about not working as hard.
But I digress, what’s really important here, is how great Point Break is. I mean come on – spoiler alert - he jumps out of a plane without a parachute on, what’s not to love!? I ate up that thrill-seeking, adrenaline junkie, looking for adventure wherever you can get it attitude, when I was a kid. After that movie came out me and my buddies would go down to the shore every weekend over the summer to surf. Well, you couldn’t really call what we were doing surfing, more like floating, not a lot of waves up here, but we loved it. Probably not the kind of adrenaline you get from the fifty-year storm, but it was more than we were used to.
Come to think of it, I think that rush might have something to do with why I ended up being a cop. You rush into a room, you don’t know what’s going to be on the other side of that door. Could be a gang of trigger-happy tweakers, could be a poor old lady with a nasty former son-in-law. Either way it gets your blood pumping, it sharpens your senses, you see things clearer and you notice things more intensely - there is nothing quite like it.
Difference is, I get that rush upholding the system that Bodhi and his friends were actively fighting against. Point Break was all about freedom at any cost, but they had it wrong – probably why they all – urgh, dangit, spoiler alert – ended up dead at the end. The system isn’t about cutting off people’s freedom like they thought. No, the system I work for is about helping people be free. Helping those who can’t help themselves live lives without fear. Finding justice for those without a voice. Fighting the good fight. Because as it turns out in the real world, bank robbers aren’t the high-minded, fun-loving hooligans of the movies - they are ruthless criminals.
Still though, Point Break is awesome. I mean, he jumps out of a plane without a parachute – urgh, shoot, sorry, spoiler alert!