Step Up Revolution (2012)

step up revolutionStep Up Revolution (2012)

Directed by: Scott Speer

Starring: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Cleopatra Coleman

one-star

I must be old, because back in MY DAY you wouldn’t have movies that were just about people dancing, much less an entire genre of films. Seriously, what is the appeal of something like this, where you slap on the simplest, most generic romance subplot over six or seven huge choreographed dance sequences? I don’t get it, at all.

There’s a daredevil underground gang who stage dances in public as a way to get youtube hits, but when the leader gets a politically-minded girlfriend, they start trying to incorporate a Message into their performances. The message is that the evil real estate developer shouldn’t tear down the slums they live in to build a mall or whatever it is that evil developers always do in movies.

Probably the hardest thing to believe about this movie was that this group’s dances were supposed to be illegal in some way? Also that the members of the group were secret, despite the fact that they filmed everything and put it on youtube and made no attempt to cover their faces or anything. I’m talking about these minor nitpicky points because the movie was so formulaic there’s no reason to mention anything else, you already know everything about it.

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