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Step Up Revolution is the next installment in the worldwide smash Step Up franchise, which sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami. Emily (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspir... read more read more...ations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean (Ryan Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called "The Mob." When a wealthy business man 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. -- (C) Summit

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PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.

Directed by: Scott Speer

Release Date: July 27, 2012

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  • fb733768972
    August 8, 2014
    While still riddled with cliches, "Step Up 4: Revolution" is one of the better instalments in the franchise, bringing in an entirely new cast and having a much bigger scale for it's dance choreography. The cinematography and choreography really are the best parts of this film, an... read mored even though the characters are not the greatest, by the end you may just feel yourself caring about them. There is one huge problem with this film and that is the main plot, which is the same as son many films out there, but I liked that it did not take over the story and it was just a small element to the film. These films are meant to have a little character development, an easy story to follow, and a likeable cast in order to get us to the final dance sequences, and this film accomplishes that for the most part. You really have to be a fan of cool dancing to enjoy these films, and since I am, this did it for me and I want to see more. The reason I like these later sequels is sue to the fact that they are doing right by their material, which is what the earlier films failed to do. Overall, it's not the most memorable film, but it is fun enough.
  • July 2, 2013
    One step can change your world.

    Saw it again! Very enjoyable movie! Great moves! Strength of will and right attitude are the main ingredients for getting what you want. It is not always about being in the right place at the right time. But also making sure those two will meet y... read moreou half way. Overall Step Up Revolution may be one of the better movies of this series. With awesome moves, fitting soundtrack, and decent acting, it's definitely refreshing for the audience. However it is still a dance movie with a lot of skewing towards dancing and less to story, so don't expect masterpiece.

    The Mob sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami. Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called "The Mob". When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob's historic neighborhood and displace thousands-of people, Emily must work 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.
  • August 6, 2012
    This film has as much plot as the trip I just took in my trip to the restroom. I'm sorry, I usually put more class in my reviews but when a film is completely unnecessary and had no work put into the story of the film then I will put no effort into making a review for it... it w... read moreas well choreographed. There.
  • fb100001050230219
    August 4, 2012
    It's almost adorable how stupid this movie is.
  • July 27, 2012
    Sean: The Mob is our way to shout. It's like us say, "listen up, we exist."

    People may have to stick with me on this, but I, myself, have stuck with this Step Up franchise for no discernible reason, beyond the fact that the choreography has always been impressive. Despite the... read more lack of Channing Tatum (who began as a bland, pretty face in the first Step Up and is now a hot commodity all over), the series has actually gotten 'better' with each entry...until now. Yes, Step Up Revolution has a similarly generic story and weak characters that serve as the same elements that we are not supposed to care about, but the other films seemed better. I was still more engaged with the previous entries and found the dances to be really involving. This film has some elaborate dance sequences and the 3D looks pretty good, but everything around those aspects feels even lazier this time around than normal. I don't ask for a lot from these movies, but I do wish I was more entertained with this one.

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  • February 7, 2013
    With the high school dance scene played out, Step Up: Revolution attempts to do something new but ends up devolving into pretentious trite. A performance group called The Mob tries to win a YouTube contest by staging impromptu street performances, but things take a turn when the... read morey decide to use their art to protest an urban development project. The storytelling is particularly weak and doesn't endear the audience to the characters or their plight. Additionally, the acting is remarkably poor and has no depth. But worst of all, the dance sequences don't work: it all comes off as contrived and passionless. Formulaic and superficial, Step Up: Revolution is a pale shadow of what was once a vibrant series.
  • August 21, 2012
    Step Up Revolution was exactly what I expected to be walking into the theater, another cliché and predictable dance flick with great dance moves but no soul. I mean let's face it, the Step Up films don't have anything great about them other than the dance moves. I can honestly s... read moreay that this new film succeeds in bringing some great dancing that really entertained me, but nothing else about the movie really mattered. The characters had nothing interesting about them, the story didn't matter and was easily forgettable, and the acting was truly awful. Every Step Up film seems to love teasing the audience with a boring romance story and some other story about saving their club or dance school by dancing in some tournament, and man do they love to show off how cliché a movie script can be. I can live through the clichés since I have had to see them in the first three Step Up films, but the acting of the film is so awful that it's hard to even slightly enjoy the characters. If you want to see an example of horrible acting, I want you to witness the teens in this film because they are definition of "horrible acting." Go see this new Step Up film for the cool dance moves, but don't expect anything else.

    The story follows Emily Anderson, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer, but soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mob. The crew, called the MOB, strives to win a contest for a major sponsorship opportunity, but soon Emily's father threatens to destroy the MOB's historic neighborhood and build a large hotel, and in the process, 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.

    The plot of the film is just a quick and easy way to make another Step Up film and show off some new moves. I think I would enjoy this series much more if they would stop trying to put stories in here and just give us a 90 minute film with dancing instead. I really enjoyed the dancing and the cool environments that they gave us to watch, but I didn't care about or remember one character in this film. It was all a big clobber of teens who can't act and with a few adults that we don't really care about at all because they are just there to be the villains. This is not a teen rebellion movie, however they are trying to make it become one, and you will be lucky to find anything that is relatable with these cliché teenagers. I mean there are so many clichés in this film that it almost hurt to watch. It just felt like I was watching the same exact films that I have seen before in the series, I mean every single story to the Step Up films feel exactly the same but with some minor differences. I understand that this series is very popular and people really enjoy them, but I cannot look past the fact that the scripts to these films are just really pointless.

    The cast was possibly the worst thing about the film, and I say that I nicely as I can. This group of teens was great dancers and I will give them that, but it doesn't change the fact that their performances wanted to make me rip my eyes out with watching their terrible acting. It also seems like they pretty much give these actors the same exact roles as the past films in the series so it really felt like this movie was nothing new. Kathryn McCormick is a fantastic dancer and really entertained me, sadly her acting almost made me laugh at her stupidity. Her character was given so many cliché lines that it may not have been all her fault, but it doesn't change the fact that she really annoyed me. Ryan Guzman was like watching a rock try to grow, it's not going to do anything so we must just sit there and wait for anything to happen. It was like they got the most attractive dancers possible with the worst acting and put them into this film, and that is truly sad if you ask me.

    Step Up Revolution wasn't an important film and will be seen just as another Step Up film, and I really pity the man or woman who thought this story was well made. The director Scott Speer has made many music videos and I was very impressed at how well he made this dance film and how much the dancing kept me entertained. He really gave the dancing something the other films didn't, and I think the word for that is "pizzazz." Sadly the writers give him absolutely nothing to work with and the casting for the film just seemed like they wanted to get the dancers who had the worst acting abilities possible. I think the film succeeded in trying to be a good dance film, but failed in every other aspect. If this new film does well in the box-office they will probably make another Step Up film, and I honestly hope they can make an addition to the series that is not one big plot filled with clichés and horrible actors. So in conclusion, if you want some great dancing than you should go see this fun movie, but it will not be fun if you are hoping for anything beyond good dance moves.
  • September 24, 2012
    More of a revulsion than Revolution, Step Up 4 doesn't have any new moves but it does have heart...oh wait, heart's not the word--soullessness, that's it. If anybody's wondering where the slick over-produced music videos from the '90s went, they're masquerading here as filler. At... read more least, this chapter half interestingly angles the dance dance revolution around a flash mob before recycling the capitalist-developer-steamrolling-the-dance-venue plot from the last go-round. The last chapter only boasted the latter the franchise's obligatory Romeo and Julliard romance, that is. That component remains here, of course, with the new twosome of wooden leads demonstrating nary a trace of true chemistry like original stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.

    In this PG-rated dance flick, a girl with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer (McCormick) meets up with the leader of a flash mob dance crew (Guzman, et al) who's working class Miami neighborhood is set to be destroyed by her father's development plans.

    It's just the same old song and dance with funkily choreographed dance-offs aplenty. And yes, the hoofing is well staged and shot, but the theme of dance as protest art is the only intriguing Step-ing stone. Ultimately, it's not enough to redeem the tired been-there-seen-that goings on of young beautiful people dancing to make a statement against paper-thin heavies. Step Up, Stomp the Yard, and Take the Lead on the Centerstage--it's strictly dancing-by-numbers with two left feet at this point. Forget the Wayans Brothers. The Step Up franchise has become its own parody of dance flicks.

    Bottom line: So You Stink When You Dance?
  • fb717685367
    September 10, 2013
    Disappointing. By far the worst one.
  • April 7, 2014
    I don't care what the rest say being from the streets gives you a different angle on this kind of movie. Yes some are actors but most are from the streets trying to make a living. The creativity of the actual dances they did was innovative and showed young adults that with pas... read moresion any thing you put your mind to can be accomplished other than violence.

Critic Reviews

Guy Lodge
August 7, 2012
Guy Lodge, Time Out

It's equal parts 'Flashdance,' 'Burlesque' and 'Lambada', all parts ludicrous - but we aren't here for the story any more than we watch Béla Tarr for the salsa numbers. Full Review

Alonso Duralde
July 27, 2012
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

There's too much color and energy and frenzy in this movie to discount it entirely, but it has a disconcerting tendency to undercut its best notions with some singularly awful moves. Full Review

William Goss
July 27, 2012
William Goss,

With the most wooden leads of the series to date - an MMA fighter and a "So You Think You Can Dance" alum - the drama between the dancing has never felt more interminable. Full Review

Sean O'Connell
July 26, 2012
Sean O'Connell, Washington Post

"Step Up: You've Seen All This Before" would be more accurate, but Summit Entertainment's marketing department knows that wouldn't help sell tickets. Full Review

Jennie Punter
July 26, 2012
Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

Delivers plenty of spectacular fancy footwork in what is otherwise a flat-footed fantasy. Full Review

Frank Lovece
July 26, 2012
Frank Lovece, Newsday

While dance purists won't be impressed by the energetic and athletic choreography -- the dancers have clearly learned routines but not necessarily technique -- date-movie audiences will likely want to... Full Review

Sara Stewart
July 26, 2012
Sara Stewart, New York Post

The choreography is solid throughout, but director Scott Speer gets in his own way every time, relentlessly shifting camera angles to close-ups and reaction shots when he should be letting us witness ... Full Review

Scott Bowles
July 26, 2012
Scott Bowles, USA Today

There isn't a franchise around that matches the kids' moves in the Step Up series. We just need a better reason to dance along. Full Review

Neil Genzlinger
July 26, 2012
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

No one goes to a "Step Up" movie for the plot or the romance. Only the dancing matters here. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
July 26, 2012
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

It seems only fair to start with the one thing that's right with it: It's not dead. It should be, but it's not. Full Review

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    • Eddy: [to Sean] But she's dancing lead. [to Emily] Consider this as you initiative.
    • Emily: Enough with performance art... It's time for protest art.
    • Sean: When the mob speaks, everyone listens.
    • Moose: Hi my name is Robert Alexandar the third, but you can call Moose.
    • Sean: Sometimes it's good to break the rules.
    • Emily: I want in.

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