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Step Up Revolution

Posted by admin on July 30, 2012


Thanks to the little moments in life, YouTube has been able to become one of the most popular websites on the planet. I don’t mean the music videos from the artists channel or web series created by hopeful actors; I’m talking about the videos that are only ten seconds to a minute long. You know, the ones that might feature someone doing a stunt or copying a meme like planking. These little ideas may seem stupid at first, but if it becomes popular, then you have those people to thank. They are a part of a group that support coming together to do the little things that everyone else is afraid to do. They prove that if they can be brave enough to be a part of something strange, then so can you.

Those short videos were fine for everyone, but what about the bigger ones; like flash mobs? They may be entertaining, but can you do any of that? Only you and I could wish for the same talent. What surprises me is that this kind of talent is wasted just for a video. If they had the training, then there’s no reason to not have bugger dreams. This was among many questions in Step Up Revolution.

In the fourth of the Step Up series, this continues the tradition of putting together dance sequences tied to a story. Only this one seems more focused on dancing then telling the story. In fact, most of the story consists of putting on flash mobs (in the middle of traffic, an art museum, ect…) in order to be filmed with hopes of winning $100,000 in a YouTube hits contest. This story already doesn’t work because within those dances, they show off their dance moves, big sound system, and even custom cars with hydraulics. Do they really need the money? They even say that their slums are fine the way they are. These dancers belong in a Lady GaGa music video.

Speaking of which, part of the story involves the new girl in town scenario. Emily (played by Kathryn McCormick from So You Think You Can Dance) is daughter to a developer who wants to change the slums into a beautiful boardwalk and hotel. What perplexes me is that these businesses and homes are being forced out. Have these owners been paying rent for thirty years? Don’t they know that these people will pay them to move somewhere else? These dancers barley make their case as they change their performance into protest art. It looks entertaining, but all I see is an audition for a better movie.

In the mess of the generic story, I found the dancing very entertaining. Given the right soundtrack and selection of awesome dancers, the movie pulls off some unbelievable moves that would have made Michael Jackson green with envy. Having that said, the rest of the movie is a bore, with the rest of the actors looking bored, waiting for the next breakout to happen.


I’ll give this movie two and a half real flash mobs out of five. Rather then watching the movie, I would rather watch the dance clips on YouTube where they belong. Where will “The Mob” be once they hit fifty? Teaching ballerina classes or still going for the dubstep dream? Give me the dances and we’ll call it even. 


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