The fourth installment in the step up film series, Step Up Revolution directed by Jon M. Chu and Scott Speer was released in India last Friday, 3rd August 2012. The movie stars Kathryn McCormick from the popular reality television series, “So You Think You Can Dance” as Emily Anderson, Ryan Guzman (Sean), Misha Gabriel (Eddie), Peter Gallagher (William Bill Anderson) and a cameo by Adam Sevani and Mari Koda (Moose and Kido from Step up 2). The choreography has been done by Jamal Sims, Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado and Travis Wall.
The story revolves around Emily Anderson, an aspiring professional dancer and daughter of a rich businessman (William Bill Anderson) who falls in love with Sean, leader of a dance crew called “The Mob”. This highly talented bunch performs flash mobs at the oddest of the places with an intention to win an online video contest that will provide a sponsorship to them. Amidst the passion for dance, arrives the necessity to fight for their historic neighborhood in Miami which is going to be destroyed and replaced by a large hotel project headed by Bill Anderson. How Emily finds a perfect balance between a daughter and a lover to fight for a cause, with the help of her first love, dance, is what the movie is all about.
Unlike all the other parts in the series, this one uses dance at a completely different level i.e., protest art instead of just performance art. The choreography in the movie enthralls the audience and inspires the dancer inside everyone to step up and dance. From the introduction of the mob performing at an unimaginable place, seductive dance moves by Emily and Sean at their first meet to all the various performances (yes, there are many), this movie is a must watch for all the step up series fans, and dance lovers around the world.
Adding to all the fun, the cameos of the most loved characters from Step up 2, Moose and Kido, bring a coolness quotient and audiences are thrilled to see them back with a bang, doing the thing they do best, dance.
The soundtrack consists of a variety of tracks like “Let’s Go (Ricky Luna Remix)” by Travis Barker feat. Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes & Lil Jon, “Live My Life (Party Rock Remix)” by Far East Movement feat. Justin Bieber&Redfoo, “Feel Alive (Revolution Remix)” by Fergie feat.Pitbull and DJ Poet, “Hands in the air” by Timbaland feat Ne-Yo, “Goin’ In” by Jennifer Lopez feat. Flo Rida and “Dance without you (Ricky Luna Remix)” by Skylar Grey to name a few.
Although the storyline is predictable, the movie stands out for its forte – dance and how it can be used to inspire people, to awaken the sleeping conscious. Dance in the movie steals the show and lets the audience forget the flawed script. Dance as a protest art makes it believable that one step can change the world.
Go watch it if you are a dance lover, go watch it if you wish to dance someday and go watch it if you think anything is possible as long as you take a step, a step towards revolution.
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