Posted On Saturday, August 04, 2012 at 08:57:34 AM
Step Up Revolution
SYNOPSIS: Pretty young thing Emily Anderson (Kathryn McCormick), who also happens to be the daughter of a wealthy businessman, arrives in Miami with dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
The good news is there’s a very well choreographed beach ‘mob’ that breaks into dance whenever the opportunity presents, and Emily falls in love with its leader Sean, played by first-time actor Ryan Guzman.
Even as the mob moves from contest to contest, Emily’s father threatens to destroy the virgin beach environment by constructing a big hotel in the neighbourhood.
Emily is left with just one option: turning their performance into protest even at the risk of losing their dreams in pursuit of a greater cause.
Step Up: Revolution is the fourth of the Step Up movies, a series of unconnected stories that serve as a showcase for the kinds of young stars who sincerely hope they’ll soon be in better movies.
But it is the way of the world that people grow up and move along, and we cannot destroy developers’ plans merely to preserve kids’ precious hangouts. They’re good dancers, and well-choreographed. You can see the movie for that and be charitable about the moronic plot.
The dance sequences are exquisite, with the film easily giving you a series of memorable music videos staged in Miami. Too bad the insufficient character work drags Revolution back to Earth. With the cliched storyline and lacklustre acting, maybe it is South Beach that deserves top billing on the poster.
At the very least, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau owes director Scott Speer and his crew a fruit basket in exchange for the free advertising.