Step Up Revolution (2012)

One step can change your world.
I wrote my previous film review on the 15th of January, seven full-length months ago which is not a good result at all. Perhaps this field will improve when autumn and winter show up because I do have heaps of films waiting for me and my attention.

Anyhow, let's focus on the current movie, Step Up Revolution that I and E. saw in cinema in 2D. Step Up Revolution (also known as Step Up 4: Miami Heat) is an American 3D dance film produced by Step Up 3D director Jon M. Chu and directed by Scott Speer.
The fourth installment in the Step Up film series stars Kathryn McCormick from the sixth season of So You Think You Can Dance and Ryan Guzman who by the way made his film debut here.

Now, the plot: Emily Anderson (McCormick), the daughter of a wealthy businessman (Peter Gallagher), arrives in Miami with ambitions of becoming a professional dancer. Yet she soon falls in love with Sean (Guzman), a young guy who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs*. The crew, called the MOB, desires to win a contest for a major sponsorship opportunity. But Emily's dad threatens to destroy the MOB's historic neighborhood and the entire community and build a large hotel, in the process displacing thousands of people. Now Emily must band together with Sean and the MOB to turn their performance art into protest or risk losing homes and jobs of many people.

I just read and reminded my review of Step Up 3D and I clearly loved that film and everything about it (Estonians can browse it - it's here). Therefore I'm qualified to declare that the fourth installment in the Step Up film series was alright but unfortunately nothing special (it's probably the curse of the sequels...). The acting part was quite weak and I didn't enjoy seeing Emily and Sean as a couple since they were just too phony and strained. Sean was giggling like a little girl and it was annoying, at least when it comes to my opinion. But hey, I did love the fierce comeback of Robert "Moose" Alexander III (played by Adam Sevani) who is such an amazing dancer and great character!

Altogether I enjoyed the dancing part and the mobs the most which is quite logical actually since it is a dance film after all. And I also enjoyed all the music because I used to be the biggest hip hop, rap and r'n'b fan. Now I'm more versatile but those three are still pleasant. So, here are some of my favourites from the soundtrack (click on the song name to listen):
- The Cinematic Orchestra "To Build a Home";
- Skylar Grey "Dance Without You (Ricky Luna Remix)";
- Travis Barker feat. Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes & Lil Jon "Let's Go (Ricky Luna Remix)".

In conclusion I don't regret watching Step Up Revolution because the powerful dance scenes and the bass-spiced sounds are the best when you experience those through the big screen! And if I start with a sequel I must proceed with it for sure! 6,5/10

* According to Wikipedia a flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.


  1. I have a hard time agreeing with this review. Well, we all have our own opinions, but I think that 4th film was better than the 3rd. I was even surprised how good the dance scenes were. Also, choreography was amazing and I really loved Mia Michaels work. Maybe this movie wasn't as club dance/street style as the previous one, but I really loved how they brought contemporary dance back into the movie. Most of those actors were proffessional dancers and they haven't learn acting. They have used to dance on the stage, so I think that the main plot can't be anything special when you use as amazing dancers as they did.

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    1. ma arvan, et filmiülevaadete mõte polegi nendega nõustumine, vaid pigem erinevate arvamustega tutvumine :) ja kõnealune film ongi kriitikute poolt väga erinevaid kommentaare teeninud, kui internetis veidi uurimist läbi viia.

      nagu ma oma ülevaates juba ka kirjutasin, nautisin filmi tantsulist poolt väga, aga kuna tegemist on siiski filmiga, mitte lihtsalt muusikavideoga, hindan sealjuures ka näitlemist, nii palju, kui seda parajasti on. ja Ryan Guzman ongi ju näitleja. andekas näitleja suudab ka veidi kesisema ploti oma isikupäraga huvitavaks mängida. heaks näiteks siinkohal Adam Sevani, kes on särav nii näitlejana kui ka tantsijana.

      muide, Mia Michaels on ka minu meelest väga kihvt ja andekas persoon, nii seal filmis kui ka So You Think You Can Dance saates :) ja ma tänan pika ja asjaliku kommentaari eest! ;)

  2. Hey, haven't seen the movie yet!
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  3. I'm so glad you like dance movies too!!! I have been wanting to see this movie for a long time, I just love watching the dance sequences. Thanks for your review...I won't expect much from the acting, haha.

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  4. i havent watched it yet, but i always love every step up movies! so i guess i will love it! ;) xx

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  5. maiken, i tried watching one of these step up movies. i didn't finish it. maybe i didn't give it enough of a chance? as far as dancing movies, i like save the last dance, original footloose, & center stage. :) those photos of me you saw on thrifted shift's blog were only from tuesday.

  6. I haven't watched this but I'm sure it's as stunning ad the previous Step Up!


  7. That's good to know, I think I'll skip it but put the previous one on my list! Thanks!

  8. i wanna watch this movie next week, thanks for the synopsis! ;)

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  10. I love movies about dancing because I LOVE dancing.

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  11. This sounds like a great movie, kind of like dirty dancing/guys&dolls? Not exactly sure if I am referencing the correct movie. I've not been to the theater in a while, I wanted to see the Bourne Legacy last weekend...the ticket price? $11.95 on a sat nite? Too $$$.

  12. I agree with you, the acting was really weak, but I didn't go see it to enjoy the plot or acting...haha, I was there purely to see the AWESOME dance scenes! I got ridiculously excited when I saw Moose in the last mob dance xD Haha, love that kid!
    Anyway, good review.

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  13. I need to watch this- love dance movies!
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  15. Love dance movies! And Step Up is really great. Amazing choreography! :)



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  17. I'm sorry but I'm not a fan of Step Ups haha nice review anyhow

  18. Ive never seen either of the Step up films,but films like this really make me want to dance,or even have some ability to dance at least :D
    Shame this one was nothing special,I think when theres a series of a film,its hard to make the next one even better,sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnt.

    I hope your well Maiken and I hope you have a wonderful weekend x

  19. Step Up movies never fail to amaze me!!! Everyone who's in it are so jaw dropping and their dance moves are brilliant!

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  21. haha, seems very entertaining. i adore watching these with my girl. looks great. :) these people are just super talented. :)


  22. Cool review! :) I think I've seen only the first one, or maybe two on TV. I love dancing but I get super jealous of the talented dancers when I watch movies like these HAH! ;) I might go see "Ted" tomorrow, it seems fun :D

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  23. Dear Maiken, thank you for your review. I always enjoy reading your opinions about something:)I love all girly dancing/simging movies. Yet the best for me is always dirty dancing! I could watch it hundred of times.




  24. super love the step up movies! thanks so much for the review :)

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  25. I really enjoy the Step Up movies!

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  26. These movies are always so fun! Can't wait to rent it :)

  27. I'm not a big fan of dancing movies but how knows?? the plot sounds interesting...let's give it a chance :P


  28. I have been wondering whether or not I should see this film, you've definitely pushed me over the line to YES! I love a good dance film x

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  29. Dance movies will always have a place in my heart!


  30. Thanks for the bday wishes sweetheart:)
    Havent seen this movie yet, great review though!

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  31. Great review x


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  33. I have not seen this movie, but heard that it is a fun one time watch! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  34. great post honey, i want to see this moviee


  35. I've only seen the first one, but I do love watching people dance, and this looks interesting! Thanks for the review.

  36. Thanks for sharing! I loved the movie! great blog :)

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  37. I want to see it sooo bad!


  38. I really love dance and so I really love Step up!! =)
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  39. I've yet to see this film, but I probably will soon though. Since I already watched the other ones. I agree with you. Adam Sevani is a great dancer! :)

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