Its been 2 months or so since my review on the previous installment of the Step Up series and after my Toronto trip, I was able to pick up Step Up Revolution for a decent price. If you have missed it, I did reviews this year on the previous few also, Step Up, Step Up 2, and Step Up 3D HERE, HERE and HERE. If its anything I know about these movies, its just my time to shut off my brain and enjoy. Exactly what I need after a long drive…
Director: Scott Speer
Sean (Ryan Guzman) and Eddy (Misha Gabriel) lead the crew The Mob that focuses on making big performance flash mobs in all areas of Miami. This is all in the goal to reach a certain amount of hits on Youtube to earn the grand prize in order to further The Mob’s presence. As a job and source of revenue, them and a part of their crew work at a big hotel chain. Its there that Sean meets Emily (Kathryn McCormick), the daughter of the owner of the hotel chain, who wishes to pursue her career as a professional dancer against her father’s wishes. As a stimulation to have better ideas, she joins The Mob hiding her identity as another situation grows that her father (Peter Gallagher) wants to tear down The Mob’s area in Miami to build a upscale hotel resort.
Step Up Revolution is high energy and filled with new and original dance routines. Thats possibly the most attractive part of this movie. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the predecessors but its still enjoyable. Although the plot for these are usual simple, this one really doesn’t dive any further than the surface and its frequently intercepted with more and more dancing and training paired with music. As you see from the picture above, the dance scenes look absolutely gorgeous and the choreography is fun to watch.
My issue with this one is really that I felt that the characters lacked some charisma. For the previous few movies, I love all the characters and what they brought on screen. Plus, the previous ones had obvious connections especially with the character of Moose, played by Adam Sevani. In all honesty, the characters were somewhat boring when they weren’t dancing. Which really helps that it was full of dance scenes, right? It was a good call on that level. Plus, to link it up, they kept one of the guys in the previous movies that joined The Mob and eventually got us the big showdown dance finale scene of “protest art” with a few of my fave dancers from the previous one. My favorite out of this series/franchise had to be Step Up 3D and I thought the dance crew The Pirates were the best in all the movies so it made me happy to see a little connection established.
If you liked the Step Up movies, I’d definitely recommend this one. The characters may not be quite as interesting but there is a lot of dance scenes to compensate. Each dance scene is totally awesome. I’m a huge fan of flash mobs mostly because I’ve never seen one and I just don’t think they exist in Montreal. Its that exciting factor of how someone executes it and in this one, its really whether The Mob will get caught also. Plus, the final dance scene is the best one out of all of them. This one certainly keeps the high energy vibe going.
Whats your favorite Step Up movie? Have you seen them all (or any at all)?