Step Up Revolution
Director: Scott Speer
Writer: Amanda Brody
Sequel to: Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D
Cast: Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Cleopatra Coleman, Misha Gabriel Hamilton, Stephen Boss, Mia Michaels, Christopher Scott, Adam G. Sevani, Chadd Smith, Mari Koda, Peter Gallagher
Sean (Ryan Guzman) is part of The Mob, a dance crew that specializes in flashmob appearances with the videos of which they are trying to win an online contest and make some money. Meanwhile he is still working as a waiter in a hotel belonging to Mr Anderson (Peter Gallagher). When he meets Emily (Kathryn McCormick), the boss’s daughter who dreams of a career as a dancer herself, the two of them hit if off. And when Anderson’s real estate development plans threaten Sean’s neighborhood, he, Emily and The Mob start a series of dance-y protests.
For a dance movie, Step Up is actually quite fine. It does suffer from the usual dance movie clichés (though it manages to skirt some of them by having a slightly different plot than usual), but the choreographies are pretty damn good and it does entertain.
The entire plot makes about as much sense as you’d expect. Which is to say, not a whole damn lot. And all the problems are so easily resolved that they might as well not exist at all.
But tight plotting is not what you go to see a dance movie for anyway. (You also don’t go there for the brilliant acting [probably none of thes actors will ever win an award. At least not for the abilities they’ve shown here] or the writing in general.) Surprisingly, you do it for the dancing.
And the dancing scenes did mostly deliver (apart from some rather ham-fisted contemporary “just dance your pain” scenes). In fact, the scene in the art museum is one of the most breath-taking dance scenes in these films I’ve ever seen.
For all its shortcomings (and there are plenty of them – with our usual dance movie cliché drinking game we went through our bottle extremely quickly and could have probably done with a second one) it is very entertaining.
Summarising: If you like dance movies – it’s one of the better ones.