‘Step Up Revolution' (3-D Blu-ray + DVD)
“Step Up Revolution” stepped up the stupidity level on the battle-dancing franchise, grafting the passe “flash mob” fad onto the Occupy Wall Street movement and dosing it heavily with bottom-drawer cultural signifiers that will someday (i.e. this time next year) make it as hopelessly dated as “Skatetown U.S.A.” or “Roller Boogie.” If all the self-consciously au courant references to viral video and approximations of Skrillex-level dubstep weren't sufficiently scary, the Blu-ray edition comes with a 3-D option, threatening a fully immersive experience with this cheese.
This fourth entry in the “Step Up” series focuses on “The Mob,” a dopey gang of renegade Miami hotel workers who stage elaborate flash mob events that stop traffic in South Beach, disrupt art gallery openings and dominate the television news in a city where apparently nothing else really happens. Sean (Ryan Guzman) and Emily (Kathryn McCormick) are the lovers at the center of “Revolution,” star-crossed since he was fired by her soulless hotelier father (Peter Gallagher) who also wants to tear down The Mob's favorite hangout. “Step Up Revolution” becomes an AutoTuned “Babes in Arms” as these dancing scamps square off with Miami's overlord class to save Ricky's Club Habanero.
Gallagher and a few of the older supporting cast members are outnumbered by nonactors in “Step Up Revolution” — neither Guzman nor McCormick have previous film roles. This is an understandable balance given that dialogue mainly serves as a bridge between dance sequences, but the acting in “Step Up Revolution” is uncommonly dank, especially a bizarre turn by former “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Mia Michaels as a seemingly narcotized choreographer who actually calls people “baby girl” with unflinching seriousness. Conveniently, the Blu-ray features a “flash mob dance scenes index,” which dispenses with the story entirely.
— George Lang