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Step Up Revolution

Step Up Revolution
Kathryn  McCormick, Ryan Guzman and Cleopatra Coleman

Rated: PG-13 for some suggestive dancing and language.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: July 27, 2012 Released by: SUMMIT

Revolution begins in the streets of Miami similar to Fame a few decades back in New York.  Young students block the streets while they dance over and around cars, the difference is the cars in Miami are valuable custom cars and the sound uses modern very expensive technology to blast their dance music.  

The characters in the "The Mob" of dancers are looking for fame using the device of appearing without invitations at various locations in the Florida city looking for headlines which could bring them the notoriety they seek.  Tools available to them are far beyond what they might afford.  That aside, the performances and staging are spectacular to watch with or without 3D.

The story of the poor little rich girl (who has a father developing the neighborhood and throwing out all the dancers and their culture), while she wants to dance with "The Mob," is unimportant to the basic thrust of the film even if she's "gotta dance".  All the characters are props displaying dance ability and filling the screen with energy, excitement and fashion.  

This is a world of sound, lights, dance and beauty it's a dream world.  The photography in Miami is stunning even in the so called slum area which is back lit and filled with unlikely lighting that creates more of a false rather than real world.  

It's Dick Clark's Band Stand, Hairspray, and all those Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney backyard musicals brought into the twenty-first century.  All of that filled with spectacular sets, locations and photography all which makes it picture perfect to watch. There is no reality here but like watching "Spiderman the Play" on Broadway, we know he's on cables but it is wondrous and stunning.  

Like watching acts in a play with very little to hold it together Step Up Revolution offers dazzling photography and great choreography
even if the script has little to be desired.  

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