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Step Up Revolution

Step Up Revolution

The fourth instalment of the worldwide smash "Step Up" franchise brings the dancing to the vibrant backdrop of Miami! Emily, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer, but soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs. The crew, called the MOB, strives to win a contest for a major sponsorship opportunity, but soon Emily's father threatens to develop the MOB's historic neighbourhood and displace thousands of people. Emily must band together with Sean and the MOB to turn their performance mobs into protest mobs, but risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.

Language: English
Subtitle: Na
Classification: P13
General Release Date: 02 Aug 2012
Genre: Musical / Dance
Running Time: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
Distributor: NUSANTARA EDARAN FILEM
Cast: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Adam G. Sevani, Alyson Stoner
Director: Scott Speer
Format: 35MM, 2D, 3D


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Review
Writer: Siti Munawirah Mustaffa

Writer Ratings:
Overall: 1.0 Out of 5
Cast: 0.5 Out of 5
Plot: 0.5 Out of 5
Effects: 1.0 Out of 5
Cinematography: 1.0 Out of 5

Watch this if you liked: “Step Up”, “Step Up 2” and “Step Up 3D”

To this day, the reviewer is huddled with that one, big question still: Why, oh, why is there another "Step Up" movie? Was the first one not enough?

Despite being named "Step Up: Revolution", there is absolutely nothing revolutionary about this easy to digest film told in simple English language. Oh, wait! They have 3D effects! As if that's going to make any huge difference to an already horrendous movie with a badly written script. Here the reviewer explores the predictable A to Z tale just so potential audiences would know what to expect from this extended version of MTV music clips filled with good looking people, abs, bikinis, bums and boobs.

So the story goes like this: A good-looking waiter named Sean (Ryan Guzman), who's just another carbon copy of Channing Tatum decides to play hooky as he enters an exclusive club with his best friend, Eddy (Misha Gabriel). By some predictable fate, he meets a good-looking girl named Emily (Kathryn McCormick), who unsurprisingly, is the daughter of a greedy Donald Trump wannabe named Bill (Peter Gallagher) i.e the Anderson man himself who owns the hotel where Sean works. Both good-looking people suffer from their own personal conflicts where Sean and his crew, The Mob, need 10 million YouTube views in order to feel content. Emily, on the other hand, dreams of becoming a professional dancer but couldn't gain daddy's approval. Things get even more complicated when greedy tycoon Bill plans to buy Sean's entire neighbourhood just so he could build more of those pretentious 6-star Miami hotels and snort more Dollar bills. Will The Mob be able to stop Bill's evil plan and become a big-time YouTube sensation? Will Emily be able to break free from daddy's grasp and follow her heart? Oh, the twist!

Truly, this film is one of the reasons why dancers should dance instead of act because the moment they utter a line, it somehow gives the chills and not those horror kind of chills, but more like this-is-far-too-corny chills. The acting and the connection between characters are so pathetic that you start to wonder whether you should laugh or cry. It is indeed horrifying to see the standard of music sinking down the black hole these days as tacky dubstep music can be heard playing in most scenes. Maybe it's a sign that the end is finally near.

Initially, the reviewer thought of granting this film a 0.5 star but since the dance routines seem slightly more interesting than the previous "Step Up" franchise with its re-definition of the fine art concept, perhaps it deserves a one star after all. Call it generosity, if you may.

Cinema Online, 02 August 2012
   

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