Studio Synopsis ~ Emily (McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean (Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called “The Mob.” When a wealthy businessman threatens to develop “The Mob’s” historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people, Emily must band together with Sean and “The Mob” to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.
Studio: Summit | Lionsgate
Running Time: 99 minutes
Number of Disks: 1
– Audio commentary with director Scott Speer, choreographer Jamal Sims and cast members Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman
– Becoming A Star Featurette
– Choreography Featurette
– Dancing On Their Own Featurette
– Making “The Mob” Featurette
– Goin’ In: J Lo featuring Flo Rida & Lil Jon music video
– Hands In The Air: Timbaland featuring Ne-Yo music video
– Flash Mob Index: Check out all of “The Mob’s” dance sequences
– Deleted Scenes
Anything if not utterly animated and superficially fun, “Step Up Revolution” proves that even with four installments under its franchise tutu, the splendored spectacle of dance can still hold most attention spans. And while McCormick and Guzman – a former “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant and a model/MMA Fighter, respectively – lack the captivating polish of a well delivered line, Revolution remains squarely fixed on the one aspect that will have most pirouetting about long after their names scroll up…the dancing.
Though fourth in the franchise, Revolution is a film of firsts – first major roles for McCormick and Guzman, and first major film for director Scott Speer – but anyone who’s a fan of dance and/or is perpetually cemented to their “So You Think You Can Dance” screens should be prepared for first-class talent. Aside from McCormick, fans of the popular Fox show should also be on the lookout for cameo performances from Judge/Choreographer Mia Michaels, former contestants Phillip Chbeeb and Brandon Bryant, and Choreographer Christopher Scott as he reprises his role as “Hair” from throughout the series.
Dance enthusiasts will also enjoy an extras menu that fills the floor, with looks at the film’s production and choreography, cast interviews, a fairly detailed commentary with Speer, McCormick and Guzman, and two music videos. The highlight of the reel however is the “Flash Mob Index”, which cherry-picks out all “The Mob’s” dance sequences and runs them in continuous succession. They easily could have made a film with nothing more than this and the result might have been just as well received.
So with narrowly an authentic line uttered, but with fanfare that will make the dancer in you flutter, “Step Up Revolution” ignites the streets with exciting feet.
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Central Cast: Kathryn McCormick | Ryan Guzman | Peter Gallagher | Mia Michaels
Director: Scott Speer
Central Writers: Duane Adler | Amanda Brody
Theatrical Release: July 27, 2012
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: November 27, 2012
Genre: Drama | Music | Romance
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE