Thursday, November 7, 2013

Step Up Revolution (2012)

Cast: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman

Director: Scott Speer

Synopsis: Kathryn McCormick stars as Emily, who is a daughter of wealthy father, and she wants to become a professional dancer. She soon falls in love with Sean (Ryan Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mob, called “The Mob.” When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob’s historic neighborhood, The Mob turns their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.

Reviewer’s Rating: 3/5 Reels


Step Up Revolution is a fourth movie of the Step Up series. As already showed in previous movies, this movie captivates the audience through the brilliant dances and performances. In particular, Step Up Revolution makes the audience admire the movie because of more developed mob dance scene and well-organized performances. Moreover, the filming techniques and presentation of the film in 3D really adds to the movie. It improves the perception of spaces, objects, and curves. Drops of perspiration and water and each movement are very well presented in 3D.  In the movie, five performances are shown, and they are all fresh. The dance performances make the audience excited the next performance.

The film’s main background moves to Miami which has a hot sun and beach. This background helps the flash Mob to dance which reminds the audience of music videos and shows. Also, Miami seaside setting helps to beautifully describe Sean and Emily’s romance.  

From Step Up first to fourth, the film’s stories are similar, so these make the audience predict the development of the story. Thus, when the actors do not dance, tension is decreasing. However, as the title of the film, Step Up “Revolution,” says the story points out the problems of society. Even though the audience can assume the story, meaningful and coherent content make them to sympathize the story.

The director, Scott Speer, shows the voice of vulnerable people in society by showing people who live in slums and wealthy hotels concurrently. Moreover, by describing romance between the two main characters, Sean and Emily, who are from different environments, the film tells the audience that people can connect each other through what they like. Also, through a young perspective, the film says to the story more freely. 

Step Up Revolution is not that long of a movie with 99 minutes running time. Even though the development of the story remains an inconvenience, this movie is enough to capture the audience’ mind with spectacular performances and powerful messages. Also, this movie does not allow the audience a chance to be bored, but it makes the audience excited.

Despite the predictable plots, this movie is worth it to watch especially for those who want to feel passionate dances and performances.

By Youmi Song

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