English Title: Step Up 4: Miami Heat.
Production: USA, 2012.
Release Date: 17.07.2012 (USA), 26.07.2012 (Netherlands).
Russian Distributor: West Video (26.07.2012).
Genres: 3D / Dance / Melodrama / Musical / Romance / Sequel.
Director: Scott Speer.
Starring: Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Peter Gallagher.
Running Time: 99 minutes.
The official HD-trailer in English for the new dance melodrama titled Step Up Revolution (2012) and brought by such studios as Offspring Entertainment and Summit Entertainment. The continuation of the popular Step Up (2006-2010) trilogy shows that the leader amongst dance films has retained its status. Over the years, the franchise has grossed around 424 mln. USD in the box office, while the total production budget for the first three movies didn’t even exceed 65 mln. USD. Other filmmakers have tried to replicate the same success, for example, with the StreetDance (2010-2012) dilogy, but didn’t even get close to set records.
30-year-old Scott Speer has been heading the filming as an american Director. He has already established himself a career in show business, where managed to become an experienced music videos maker for various artists. At an even younger age he got an MTV Video Music Award in Latin America in 2007 for his Bella Traición (2007) clip created for Belinda. Amongst all the producers of this movie you could see Adam Shankman and his sister Jennifer Gibgot, who both were taking a creative part in a recent cinema musical Rock of Ages (2012), when Adam was directing it. The Lead Producer happened to be Jon M. Chu, who was staging two previous Step Up titles. Original series characters were created by Duane Adler, while a screenplay was made by a movie industry newcomer – Jenny Mayer.
The script for Step Up Revolution has once again changed the main characters and place of action. Nowall the events are unfolding alongside hot beaches of Miami, US. There a group of professional street dancers, led by two best friends: Sean played by Ryan Guzman and Eddie performed by Misha Gabriel, united into a Mob dance band to win a contest on YouTube. They need 10 mln. of views on the website to receive a huge sum of cash. To earn the award they are carrying on Flash Mob performances on the roads, at the local restaurants and art galleries, voicing out their opinion through dancing. One day, Sean meets a young girl on the beach named Emily Anderson and presented by Kathryn McCormick. Her character is dreaming about enlisting to a contemporary dance group, though her skill lacks variety.
The team members for the Mob band were partially taken out of the So You Think You Can Dance (2009) contestants. The lead dancer is Jason played by Stephen Boss, and there is also a DJ named Penelope and presented by Cleopatra Coleman. Sean’s sister is named Claire. With a role by Megan Boone she tries to find her brother a job outside the dancing routine. Still he prefers to work as a waiter at a luxury hotel belonging to Mr. Anderson and overlooked by a strict manager Trip shown by Tommy Dewey. In their spare time the dancers use to discuss their progress and plan new events at the Latin dance club, where the friendly owner worries about their fate no less than about his own. Emily asks Sean to accept her to the Mob squad for skills training.
In the Step Up Revolution film she is going to take an exam in front of Olivia played by a real choreographer Mia Michaels. That’s the price of joining a famous dance group. Meanwhile, Emily’s father, Mr. Anderson presented by actor Peter Gallagher from The OC (2003-2007), where he played a lawyer Sandy Cohen, is planning to rebuild one of the Miami neighborhoods, what will require demolishing of the existing residential and commercial areas, where the Mob dancers live, work or act. While struggling for victory, team members go down a path of jealousy, intrigue, love and spectacular dance performances staged by such choreographers as Jamal Sims, Christopher Scott and Chuck Maldonado.
At some point, the dance heroes try to think over their efforts in the competition moving from contestants to the struggle for their homes and wishing to sound out their message to the crowd with the dancing. Then the arenas change from streets to territory of politicians and business sharks. In one of the scenes get ready for a cameo by a dancer nicknamed Robert «Moose» Alexander III and played Adam G. Sevani, also appearing in previous films of the franchise. Chief composer Aaron Zigman is known for his Sex and the City (2008-2010) audio tracks. This time his orchestrated pieces were enriched by hot summer music from popular artists.
Here you will hear such new songs as Bad Girls (2012) by M.I.A., Bring It Back (2011) by Travis Porter, Dance Without You (2011) by Skylar Grey and Goin ‘In (2012) by Jennifer Lopez (J. Lo), Hands in the Air (2012) by Timbaland, I Don’t Like You (2012) by Eva Simmons and Let’s Go (2012) from the Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Here the chosen music styles for the soundtrack are Hip-Hop, Rap and similar sound with some milder relaxing tracks. The recorded tracks are either new, exclusive or underwent remixing by a well-known music producer – Ricky Luna. Also Crash is the nickname of the film’s cinematographer, whose real name is Karsten Gopinath, who in the past was handling some movie shorts and music videos.
Running Time: 2 minutes and 26 seconds.
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