The film starts off with Sean (Ryan Guzman), the leader of a flash mob in Miami. Sean and his best friend Eddie (Misha Gabriel) have day jobs as waiters in a big hotel, while planning elaborate sequences for their team The Mob.
Sean falls for the pretty poor-little-rich-girl Emily (Kathryn McCormick) who happens to be the daughter of the owner of the hotel Sean works for. Emily loves dancing but her father Bill Anderson (Peter Gallagher) wants her to join his real-estate business. Fed up of Emily’s obsession with dance, he gives her one last chance to prove herself.
Just as the romance between Sean and Emily starts brewing, Bill decides to spread his empire by creating a line of hotels near the coast. This would mean the destruction of many local businesses and houses, including Sean’s. Without disclosing her identity, Emily joins The Mob and decides to use their dance as a medium of protest and awareness.
Will The Mob win the online competition that will rocket them to fame? Will The Mob manage to save their homes? What happens to Sean and Emily’s romance? Some very impressive dance sequences play out for the answers.
Writers Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Erik Feig and Patrick Wachsberger have taken the oldest plot in the book and haven’t even bothered to add anything novel to it. Jenny Mayer’s screenplay is dry.
Bill’s convenient change of plans after watching the final flash mob performance and his daughter’s dirty dance is the most disappointing part of the story.
Kathryn McCormick doesn’t do much as Emily. Ryan Guzman is slightly better as Sean. Misha Gabriel is good as the insecure Eddie but gets very little screen space. Peter Gallagher is fine as the entrepreneur Bill Anderson.
Direction & Choreography
Scott Speer’s direction is ordinary, but he does well in the dance sequences. Jamal Sims, Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado and Travis Wall’s choreography is exquisite. The dances get better and more elaborate as the movie progresses. Ben Howdeshell and Steve Ngo’s editing is alright. Aaron Zigman’s music fits the scenes very well.
The Last Word
Watch it if you are interested in well choreographed dance sequences: Step Up Revolution is a movie worth watching only for the dance sequences. The acting and the story don’t add anything to the film.