By Alisha Coelho
Like beauty queens and Bollywood, the Step Up films have seemed to become almost certainly the next career move of any contestant on reality TV show 'So You Think You Can Dance'. And so in 'Step Up Revolution', you not only only have a contestant in a lead role (Kathryn McCormick), but also others as part of the accompanying dance crew and one as the film's choreographer (Travis Wall). And if that wasn't we-are-family enough for you, the movie's also produced by a former judge (Adam Shankman) while co-panelist Mia Michaels makes a guest appearance. So does all the nepotism pay off? Only just.
What's it about?
Sean (Ryan Guzman) and Eddie (Misha Gabriel Hamilton) are leaders of The Mob - a flash mob dance group that's trying to draw in over a million views on their YouTube channel to win a huge cash prize. They're also waiters at a swanky Miami hotel that's owned by cold, real-estate shark, Bill Anderson (Peter Gallagher). Sean happens to bump into Anderson's daughter Emily (McCormick) and soon enough hips sway, cupids fly and the poor little rich girl falls for the stuggling stud with a heart of gold. Unfortunately, papa plays spoiler by wanting to tear down the local neighborhood to make away for a shiny corporate park and so the mob, with Emily in tow, decides to protest by dance-crashing council meets and gala dinners.
If there's anything that makes this old-as-the-hills plot bearable, it's the dancing. The sets are bigger and bolder and the performances are simply fantastic. Standout sequences include one by ballet dancers with LED light-encrusted tutus and a sexy contemporary performance atop a table. Fans of the franchise will also be pleased to know that old favourites like Moose (Adam Sevani) and Madd 'the Robot' Chadd, return to wow your socks off. Sadly, there isn't enough salsa unless you count five seconds of McCormick showing off with a split. The acting is nothing to write home about and Peter Gallagher is becoming a must-have set prop for anyone making a dance movie. Also, if this reviewer had a rupee for every time characters tell each other to 'break the rules', she'd soon leave even the Ambanis in the dust.
What to do?
If high-octane dance drama is your cup of tea, do not miss 'Step Up Revolution'. For everyone else, there are always endless reruns of 'So You Think You Can Dance' on TV - that you can enjoy for free.
in.com rating: 3/5
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