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MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
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Latest ‘Step Up’ makes a better music video than movie


Impressive but silly opening scene to "Step Up Revolution." To see it,
click on the video box down below.
Photo: Offspring Entertainment/Summit Entertainment

MOVIE REVIEW

Step Up Revolution is the fourth in a series of Step Up movies which has no ties to the previous films. It is full of eye candy, catchy music and inspired dancing. It definitely makes for a good time, but it resembles a music video more than it does a movie. It is sort of like eating the sugared cereal dust at the bottom of the box – same great taste but with the wrong texture. The film features a thin plot and no acting stars, with the exception of Peter Gallagher. And no, he doesn’t dance.

Set in Miami, Florida, Step Up Revolution is the story about Sean (Ryan Guzman) and “The Mob,” a group of dancers who perform flash mob dances throughout the city. Their hope is to win the big prize that is being offered from YouTube for being the most-watched video. Their only real competition is a singing cat. Enter Emily (Kathryn McCormick), who has aspirations for becoming a professional dancer and desires to dance with “The Mob.” The only problem is that her father, (Gallagher), is a wealthy business man who has his sights on developing “The Mob’s” historic neighborhood and displaces thousands of people. Will Emily join “The Mob” anyway? Will she help them go from performance art to protest art? Will she keep the news that she is the daughter of the group’s mortal enemy a secret? Of course she will!  

Step Up has very little dialogue and what it does have could and should have been written better. The story is completely unrealistic and fairy-tale-ish. And just like the end of a good fairy tale, they all live happy ever after.

Despite some sexually suggestive dancing scenes, the film is actually quite tame and even family-friendly. There is no sex and it doesn’t even seem out of place! One scene has Gallagher complaining that his daughter is out sleeping with some guy and she responds, “It wasn’t like that!” And it wasn’t. In another scene, two characters ask for drinks in a bar but seem to forget to drink anything. There is some foul language, but just a bit.

The reason to see Step Up is to see the dancing, and this is the element that the film gets right. Most of the dancers have finalist on the TV show, So You Think You Can Dance, so they really do know their stuff. The film is being distributed in 3D, but it isn’t necessary and doesn’t add much to the story.

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