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Step Up All In

Summary: All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th September, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Trish Sie

Screenwriter: John Swetnam, Duane Adler (characters)

Cast: Chaton Anderson (Sophie), Leslie Arcos (Santana Gomez), Stephen Boss (Jason), Jay Brazeau (Mr. McGowan), Celestina (herself), Frank Crudele (Boris), Briana Evigan (Andie), Parris Goebel (Violet), Ryan Guzman (Sean), Misha Gabriel Hamilton (Eddy), Stephen Stevo Jones (Jasper), Mari Koda (Jenny Kido), Karin Konoval (Ana), Facundo Lombard (Marcos Santiago), Martin Lombard (Martin Santiago), Izabella Miko (Alexxa Brava), Luis Rosado (Monster), Christopher Scott (Hair), Adam Sevani (Moose), David Shreibman (Chad), Chadd Smith (Vladd), Cyrus Spencer (Gauge), Alyson Stoner (Camille), Dzajna ‘Jaja’ Vankova (Robot Girl)

Runtime: 112 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR STEP UP ALL IN REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Step Up All In review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(2.5)

 

David Griffiths:

Yes it is the franchise that just won’t die, no matter how much film lovers rant and rave over it or wish for its demise. But seriously who can blame the executive producers for keeping it going now that they have discovered that these dance films cost very little to make and thanks to teenage girls right around the world end up making hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.

Step Up All In is supposed to be the All-Star Game of this franchise as the best characters/dancers from the previous films line up under the guidance of Sean (Ryan Guzman), Andie (Briana Evigan) and of course the lovable Moose (Adam Sevani) as they try to not only take out the prize offered by a reality show called The Vortex, but prove that dancing can be a fulltime job.

Now I’m actually going to go in and bat for this film a little because despite some of this franchise’s clichéd, recycled storylines and one-dimensional characters creeping in the film does more than enough to please its demographic. The film’s dance sequences are spectacular (despite the fact we are led to believe the characters came up with the finale in just a few hours), and there is more than enough Guzman flesh to keep the teeny boppers happy.

Step Up All In also take a fair swipe at reality television labelling it scripted and corrupt… so it needs to be congratulated for passing that message across to its’ audience. While the storyline revolving around television host Alexxa Brava was let down by Izabella Miko’s acting (was she trying to channel Lady Gaga and the crazy host from The Hunger Games?) at least it tried to make a good point, something that has been rare in Step Up films of the past.

Of course I could also write an entire essay on the weakness of the cast’s acting abilities (is that Asian actress one of the worst actresses to ever hit the big screen???) but of course people don’t go see a Step Up movie to see a Shakespearian performance do they? They’re here for the dancing and that’s about it. Oh, and talking about the Step Up cast, if you’re wondering whether Channing Tatum decides to return to the franchise that made him a name, no he doesn’t, he obviously thinks he is above all this now.

Step Up All In isn’t going to win any awards, but to its credit it also won’t bore its audience to death like some other dance movies have in the past. Now we just have to all sit back and watch as the producers once again count all the cash that comes in.

Stars(2.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Step Up All In (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Step Up All In′: For our full Step Up All In review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #96 . You can also read Dave’s Step Up All In review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Summary: An American b-boy crew heads to France to compete at the Battle of the Year International Championships.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 12th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Benson Lee

Screenwriter: Brin Hill, Chris Parker, Benson Lee

Cast: Laz Alonso (Dante Graham), Joshua Lee Ayers (Mayhem),Gil Brace-Wessel (Gillatine), Chris Brown (Rooster), Jesse  ‘Casper’ Brown (Rebel), Michael Carrasco (Kilowatt), Anis Cheurfa (Anis), Donnie ‘Crumbs’ Counts (Villain), Jon ‘Do Knock’ Cruz (Do Knock), Jesse Erwin (James), Giovanni V. Giusti (Brian), Demetrius Grosse (Scott), Thomas Hergenrother (himself), Josh Holloway (Jason Blake), Morris Isby (Intricate), Terrence J (himself), Kirsty Johnson (Valerie), Kamel (himself), Victor Kim (Aces), Paul Kirkland (Paul), Daniel Liechty (Dani), Caity Lotz (Stacy), Jay Luchs (Benson), Richard Maguire (Lil Adonis), Oren Michaeli (Coldeye), Melvin Odoom (himself), Natalya Oliver (Janice), Josh Peck (Franklyn), Jonathan ‘Legacy’ Perez (Swat), J.D. Rainey (Flair), Luis Rosado (Bambino), Weronika Rosati (Jolene), Dominic Sandoval (Grifter), David ‘Kid David’ Shreibman (Kid), Richie ‘Abstrak’ Soto (Abbstarr), Sammy Soto (Samo), Keith Stallworth (Gatland), Storm (himself), Sway (himself), Rafael ‘Spaz’ Szulc-Vollmann (MC Spax), Steve Terada (Sight), Albert ‘Trix’ Thompson (MC Trix), Ivan ‘Flipz’ Verez (Flipz), Sawandi Wilson (Sniper)

Runtime: 110 mins

Classification:PG

OUR BATTLE OF THE YEAR REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Battle Of The Year’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

The whole dance film genre has become a little bit of a joke over the last few years. You realise that when you can sit down with a friend and try to predict what is going to happen before you go into a film such as “Battle Of The Year.”

Films such as “Streetdance” and “Step Up” have really just been working to a pretty basic formula for the past few years… so much so in fact that you can nearly predict when and what exactly is going to happen. They’ll be an underachieving crew that needs to have some discipline brought in before a major event, two people will fall in love and that will cause problems and then of course there will be the dramatic moment of someone having to pull out at the actual event because a secret has been revealed around them.

Well obviously it wasn’t just the cinema going audience that became sick of this formula because with “Battle Of The Year” director Benson Lee takes that normal formula screws it and throws it in the bin. It is obvious that Lee wanted something different with this film, and in doing so he’s created a much better film for film lovers.

Surprisingly “Battle Of The Year” is a dance film that has a plot. The film opens with one of the most celebrated B-Boy dancers of all time, Dante Graham (Laz Alonso), absolutely disgusted at the fact that the genre of dance that he once created is no longer considered cool. Worse still is the fact that whenever the Americans compete in the annual ‘Battle Of The Year’ competition in France they never even make the finals anymore.

Dante decides to do something about it so he calls in is damaged friend Jason Blake (Josh Holloway), a gifted basketball coach who has turned to alcoholism to deal with the pain of losing his wife and son in a car accident.

Despite hesitations Date soon as Blake looking at the current U.S. team but to everybody’s shock Blake sacks the entire team and decides to start looking for a whole new crew. Dante decides to let him and soon Blake is working with the likes of Franklyn (Josh Peck) and Stacy (Caity Lotz) to hastily mould this team into something that will be competitive at the big event.

Of course some of the dancers have problems and they clash with Blake and his hard-lined training methods. Then there are Rooster (Chris Brown) and Do Knock (Jon ‘Do Knock’ Cruz), the two most talented dancers in the crew, but the fact they hold a grudge with each other threatens to derail the entire crew before it even has a chance to compete.

Okay so it would be a lie to suggest that Benson Lee has created anything that deserves to be award nominated, but he does do enough with “Battle Of The Year” to make it different to the other films in the genre. He develops back stories for a lot of the characters, he even has Blake having all the traits of a Darren Aronofsky character, he removes the clichés such as the predictable love story and even decides to remember that a dance film needs a ‘film’ element to it and creates characterisation and plot. Yes he dares to make dance secondary to plot.

To his credit Lee also takes some huge risks with this film. He bases his plot formula on the sports films such as “The Mighty Ducks” or “Coach Carter” and as a result ends up with a film that won’t exactly put those not into dance to sleep. He removes his characters from the sexy U.S. street setting and places them in a bland prison and has topics such as teenage fatherhood and alcoholism bubbling away under the surface – he doesn’t focus on them but has them simmering away providing tension without too much effort.

“Battle Of The Year” also separates itself from other films in the genre by allowing the actors to do what they do best – act!!! Josh Holloway seems to relish getting to play a ‘tragic’ character while Josh Peck and Caity Lotz do their thing without exactly setting the world on fire.

The bit of grit to the script allows for Laz Alonso to bring some dramatic grunt to his role (didn’t expect that in a dance film) while newcomer to the acting stakes Chris Brown doesn’t turn his performance into the car-wreck that many thought he would deliver. The controversial star seems to enjoy playing a headstrong, vain dancer and does little wrong in the portrayal.

“Battle Of The Year” certainly ain’t film of the year but it doesn’t even close to becoming one of the worst films of the year either. Credit must be paid to Benson Lee for daring to do something a little different in the dance film genre.

 Stars(3)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Battle of the Year (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Battle Of The Year′: Please check our Battle Of The Year review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 62.

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