STEP UP REVOLUTION
Starring: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan
Guzman, Cleopatra Coleman,
Peter Gallagher, Stephen Boss,
Misha Gabriel, Tommy Dewey,
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate
Director: Scott Speer
Executive Producer: Jon M. Chu, Nan Morales
Producer: Erik Feig, Jennifer Gibgot,
Adam Shankman, Patrick
Writer: Duane Adler, Jenny Mayer
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films (Summit Entertainment/Roadside Attractions)
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200 Fax: (310) 255-3870
The story begins with Emily, the beautiful, talented daughter of an “evil” developer. She comes to Miami with the hope of joining an exclusive dance company. Emily meets Sean, one of the organizers of “The Mob,” a street dancing group that holds surprise public performances with the hope of winning an Internet contest.
Emily’s father threatens to buy up the poor part of town – home to the dancers – and build a massive hotel/residential complex. So, “The Mob” switches its attention from performance art to protest art. Emily actually joins the group in an artistic protest against her father’s plans. Because of a misunderstanding, a portion of the group stages an uglier protest and gets disqualified from the Internet contest because of their criminal behavior. Can the error be rectified, the community saved, and the budding romance rescued by another dance?
Some of the dancing in STEP UP REVOLUTION is quite remarkable. Some is far too close to simulating sex. Also, the production values are high. There is, however, some drinking and a small amount of mild foul language. The two big problems with the movie are the strong anti-capitalist plot and virtual sermons on “You have to do what you want to in life (unless you’re a businessman).” In the real world, people do all sorts of destructive things in the name of “doing what you want.” Doing what God wants is the secret to true happiness. God will not lead you into lust, greed, envy, bitterness and depression. It’s very easy to take those paths when pursuing your own pleasure.
As for the “revolution” in the title STEP UP REVOLUTION, it’s similar to the Occupy Movement. The dancers temporarily occupy various public and private property, supposedly to make a statement in the form of a dance. The dances themselves make unclear statements, but the script provides ample explanation from the main characters. Ironically, while opposing a wealthy property developer, they themselves hope to strike it rich by getting recognized as dancing stars.
Some of the dancing in STEP UP REVOLUTION is quite remarkable. Some is far too close to having sex. There’s also some drinking and a small amount of mild foul language. The two biggest problems with the movie are the strong anti-capitalist plot and virtual sermons on “You have to do what you want to in life.” In the real world, people engage in lust, greed, envy and pride in pursuit of their own desires. God’s plan for your life is much healthier and less selfish.