Step Up Revolution (3D) – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on August 3, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Jon M. Chu
DIRECTOR – Scott Speer
WRITER – Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Erik Feig, Patrick Wachsberger, Jenny Mayer (Screenplay)
CAST – Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Adam Sevani, Misha Gabriel, Peter Gallagher
MUSIC – Aaron Zigman
Street dancing is a cultural phenomenon in the West and so are flash mobs. The fourth film in the Step Up series, “Step Up Revolution” uses both and creates a youthful and energetic dance film meant for Gen Y (or is it ‘Z’ yet?) but this time it has a social conscience too.
The Step Up series are all about dance with a tiny plot fitted in somewhere to provide motivation for the hip and stunning dance moves they unleash. The fourth film is little different in that sense. Emily (Kathryn McCormick) comes to Miami with starry dreams of becoming a professional dancer and joins Sean (Ryan Guzman), leader of a dance group called ‘MOB’. Sparks fly between the two as they prepare for a contest but the budding romance soon lands in troubled waters when Sean learns that Emily’s father is planning to destroy MOB’s neighbourhood to build a large hotel. Community and social conscience calls and Sean decides to protest. Emily finds herself confronting choices that threaten her love, dreams and relationship with her father. The story from then evolves into protest art, with the MOB using their dance as a form of dissent. Suddenly, there is more than just a competition at stake.
Full of pep, the film has innovative dance set-ups as its flash mobs form in the middle of traffic jams, use coffee cup props and general freestyle dancing choreographed with a passion. There is as much scope for individual strokes as there are group formations and the razzmatazz that goes with it keeps one foot-tapping. The music, largely riveting has a lot to do with the upbeat aura the film wears.
Unfortunately, this joi-de-vivre doesn’t spread through the entire film. The main leads, winners of the sixth season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ prove they have the chops when it comes to snazzy moves but the non-dance performances lack depth and connect. There is chemistry between Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman but it stays limited to dancing compatibility and refuses to sizzle beyond it. The sketchy plot and tired screenplay don’t help the film either. The 3D, much like ‘Street Dance-2’, is tacky and unable to bring the performances up, close or personal.
For dance fans, the film whets appetites but anything more and Step Up Revolution becomes the wrong place to look for it.