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'Step Up Revolution' Blends Flash Mobs and Protest Art

I know what you’re thinking: not another dance movie. And, you're convinced you could have written it, with the all too familiar plot of the underdogs pitted against a more experienced (sometimes more cunning) team and after a series of battles the underdogs triumph, ending in a unexpected rain shower and a steamy on-screen kiss.

Rest assured folks, although Step Up Revolution is still your typical feel good dance movie, the story develops with a societal consciousness while taking into account the growing trend of the intersection between youth, politics and art. There’s a scene in the movie where Kathryn McCormick says, “enough with performance art, it's time for protest art” hitting the nail on the head for the overarching message of the film.

This time around, two friends are waiters at a posh hotel on a Miami beachfront and after hours they run a dance crew called “The Mob,” which combines various components of the hip-hop movement. One of the leaders of pack, Ryan Guzman, recruits the daughter of his rich boss and love interest, Kathryn McCormick, as another dancer for the crew. But when, their boss wants to build another high-class hotel that would jeopardize their neighborhood, “The Mob” is forced to come up with a way to grab the attention of the city and win back their streets.

The dance numbers incorporate current trends of flash mobs, YouTube celebrities, and protest art, making subtle commentary on the more aware youth of today, given the social media generation our world operates in. With a memorable soundtrack, beautiful and likeable characters, and so many jaw-dropping stunts up their sleeveless tanks (pun intended), Step Up Revolution sets the bar high within its franchise.

All in all, if you can look past the sometimes endearingly cheesy dialogues, Step Up Revolution might be worth dancing your way to the theaters on Thursday, July 27.

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