Dance and music go hand in hand. So do dance and movies when the movie in question is the Step Up series. We saw the first installment of this smash hit in 2006. The movie told the tale of a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Tyler Gage played by heartthrob Channing Tatum and a girl from a privileged background, played by Jenna Dewan. They clash at first but then grow closer when they learn of their mutual love of dance.
The sequel, Step Up 2: The Streets was also met with wide enthusiasm. Channing Tatum returned with his dance moves and cool style and we had a new female lead, a feisty street dancer, Andie West played by Briana Evigan. This movie, like the previous one was directed by Anne Fletcher and showcased some fabulous choreography.
We saw a different set of main characters in Step Up 3D with Rick Malambri and Sharni Vinson as Luke Katcher and Natalie, respectively. They win the World Jam and all ends well. Jon Chu directed this film that was a huge success also because of its choreography and great use of 3D.
Now audiences will be treated to Step Up: Revolution. Directed by Scott Speer, the movie follows the story of Emily, played by Kathryn McCormick (you might remember her from Season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance) and Sean, played by Ryan Guzman. Sean’s dance crew, with its penchant for flash-mobs is handily titled MOB and is pitted against Emily’s father. What happens next is the story of the movie. The title Revolution starts to make sense when you realize dance is a way to fight for something greater than the right to dance.
There are some big names making music in this film including Timbaland, J Lo, and Travis Baker. And you will see beloved Moose (Adam G Sevani) with his geeky yet cool dance steps. The movie that releases later this month has already created a buzz with the director himself announcing a Step Up Revolution fan ambassador contest.
From what we’ve seen of the slick, exciting trailer, is a group of talented actors who can dance up a storm, all with a message rolled into their routines. If you are a fan of dance films and shows, this is one film you don’t want to miss. “Enough with performance art. It’s time for protest art”, is the philosophy that lies at the core of this movie. That makes it an interesting fit in these turbulent times marked by worldwide protests and unrests. People are standing up for their rights in ways never seen before and what better way to make your point than dance?
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