Step Up: Revolution
What Step Up: Revolution lacks in plot development and acting it makes up for in dance that borders on the bleeding edge of innovation. The film is by far the most visually arresting of the franchise. The Blu-ray version of the film also provides some stellar effects that return the investment on your Blu-ray player or 3D television.
The rich girl with a domineering father learning from an outcast how to prep for an dance competition has been done to death. What better way to liven it up than to merge it with the completely non-lame and not corny world of flashmobs? However the combination borders on insane...and genius.
The dancing in this movie is mind-blowing. It merges styles of classical, modern and hip-hop dancing and the sense of innovation is staggering. Rather than lame flashmobs of store patrons the film uses mobs of classically trained dancers and cutting edge dubstep beats to create visual art. Luckily, the Blu-ray menu has a flashmob index that lets you skip just to the dance sequences.
The Blu-ray features alternate between entertaining and informative and useless. Music videos, in this day and age are obsolete. That being said, the videos for "Goin’ In" by Jennifer Lopez and Flo Rida and "Hands in the Air" by Timbaland featuring Ne-Yo are included. There are also deleted scenes and commentary by main stars Ryan Guzman and Kathtryn McCormick and director Scott Speer.
There are also a series of featurettes about the project. "Becoming a Star" focuses on the casting of the film and the chemistry of the leads. "Choreography" follows the various choreographers around set and elaborate on the diverse dances created specifically for the film. "Dancing on Their Own" explores how improvised dance moves during break brought about some of the amazing physical pyrotechnics. Finally, "Making the Mob" follows the creation of a mob of classically trained dancers.
"Step Up: Revolution" did not reinvent dance flicks but it damn well near reinvented dancing. Fans of choreography and shows like "So You Think You Can Dance" should check out the awe-inspiring dances featured in this movie.
"Step Up: Revoliton"