Movie Review: Step Up Revolution
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"Step Up Revolution" taps into the dance flash mob phenomenon and moves to Miami to give us the sunniest and most entertaining of these kids-gotta-dance musicals.
The flash mobs — in traffic, dancing on the roofs, hoods and trunks of low-rider vintage cars in Miami traffic, disrupting museum openings and a developer's planning meetings — are a brilliantly choreographed, well-shot and sharply edited treat.
Well, except for one unfortunately timed stunt involving a darkened room, smoke bombs and menacing dancers charging in wearing gas masks. And another, with dancers imitating machine guns strafing a crowd. Sad that the news intrudes, inadvertently, on this late summer cotton-candy treat.
Sean (Ryan Guzman) is the heart and soul of the Mob, a Miami dance crew that has its own DJ (Cleopatra Coleman), hacker-planner Eddy (Misha Hamilton), dancer/special effects guy (Stephen Boss) and street artist who "tags" each of their events with "The Mob" (Michael Langebeck). That's not to mention their parkour specialists and the videographer who hides his camera in the darnedest places whenever they go out on a mission.
They plan to upload video of their stunts to YouTube and attract enough hits to win a contest — and some cash.
Sean and Eddy work in a swank hotel whose developer/owner (Peter Gallagher) has designs on the neighborhood the dancers call home. But his daughter Emily (Kathryn McCormick) is a dancer, too. And she's ready to add to her modern-dance repertoire and go undercover for a little dance on the wild side.
Director Scott Speer from "The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers" knows where to point his camera, knows how to cut to the beat. Everything from parkour-style stunts and mime to salsa, crunking and interpretive dance is given its showcase here.
But it's not just the choreography that sells this over-familiar story. Speer peoples the screen with legions of gorgeous dancers, actors and extras — shaking what they've got in 3-D.
Come to Miami. Bring your bikini. And your dancing shoes.