Two years ago, I went to an advanced screening of Step Up 3, and I absolutely loved it. It was my favorite Step Up movie, and it still is. I remember in the post movie Q&A section, some said, “I loved most of the movie.” When asked what part she didn’t like, she said “Any part with talking.” I think this comment was one movie off. In Step Up Revolution, the lack of depth and compassion in the story, combined with the sub par acting, is made up for only slightly by the awesome dancing. Revolution is a good, but unnecessary addition to the Step Up franchise.
The movie opens up with the mob taking over Ocean Drive, dancing on top of Cadillacs, and shutting down the famous Miami beach. From there, we find out that the mob is a group of dancers who are staging performances around Miami in an attempt to win a Youtube contest. The first user to get 10 million views wins $100,000, which would be enough for them to get out of Miami and into the spotlight.
The leaders of the crew are Sean (Ryan Guzman) and Eddy (Misha Gabriel Hamilton), who work as waiters at a restaurant owned by Mr. Anderson (Peter Gallagher). While Sean and Eddy are out at a day club, they meet Emily (Kathryn McCormick), who instantly catches Sean’s eye. They hit it off, and Sean finds out that Emily is in Miami to try to get into a prestigious dance academy, which is run by a familiar face to So You Think You Dance fans.
Sean helps Emily out with her piece while planning various performances for the mob. They have one in an art museum, where they have some amazing moves that use camouflage and cool lighting. Eventually, they find out that Mr. Anderson, who has since fired Eddy for being late to a meeting, is planning on building a giant hotel and resort that will wipe out their homes, restaurants, and practice garage. It is also around this time that we see the inevitable twist with the new person in the crews in these movies, and that is that Emily is Mr. Anderson’s daughter. Sean knows this early on, but he keeps it a secret from Eddy, who is skeptical of her from the beginning.
Eventually, Emily helps plan the biggest performance so far, where they crash the city council meeting wearing suits and carrying briefcases. This was my favorite number in the movie, as it really felt like a flash mob, with the dancers starting it off by freezing in place while walking with other patrons of the building. Cash rained down as they danced and they built a 10 ft tall street art piece, proclaiming that they aren’t for sale. This is where their performance art turned in to protest art, as the trailers kept reiterating.
Eddy then slips a camera into Sean and Emily’s rehersal, and finds out Emily’s big secret. Rather then confronting them about it, he performs his own Mob piece that take’s place at a big gala for Mr. Anderson. Eddy creates a video, outlining Emily’s betrayal of her father, and at the end, the cops detain Eddy and Sean. This disqualifies them from the competition, and now they’ll whole plan is ruined.
Of course, when they are down and out, they do what they do in all Step Up movies: put the beef behind them, and DANCE. They decide to stage one more big mob performance, and they do this at the public ground breaking of the big project. The final number goes about 10-15 minutes, and is very well put together. They had some great parts that involved trampolines, bungee cords, and some familiar faces from previous movies. Mr. Anderson, seeing his daughter’s face when watching the mob, is suddenly transformed, and vows to work with them on the project, without destroying their homes and work. And they get an offer for Nike, so all their problems are solved! Everything’s wrapped up in a nice little bow.
Overall, the story is very lackluster, but as we’ve come to expect, the dancing makes up for it. Also, this was the first time that the crew was dancing solo, rather the battling with another crew. I missed that element at times, but their pieces were also very well thought out, and it was cool that they were able to use a whole room, rather then just a dance floor. You know what you are getting when you go see Step Up, and Revolution gives you exactly what you were looking for. Groundbreaking? No. Entertaining? Yes.
Plus, this is one of the few instances where seeing it 3D actually enhances the movie. Much like Step Up 3, the dances all incorporate elements to take advantage of the technology. The sand kicked up by the dancers feet, the powder they put on their hands and throw at opponents, it all comes out in eye-popping detail. The camoflauged dancers in the fine art exhibit where particularly memorable, as they appeared to really dance out of the artwork.
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