When watching the trailer for Step Up Revolution (the fourth entry of the hip hop dance saga, which frankly nobody really needs), be ready to answer one big, important question: are you ready for some protest art?
In theory, I’m behind the concept of hinting at social revolution and pointing to the Occupy movements in a film that’s largely just designed to make profits and showcase some great dancing. (And to be fair, all these films really need to do is present an uncomplicated plot with a straightforward narrative and overlay it with outstanding choreography.) I admire the injection of big ideas into fluff, and so I should by all rights be in favor of this picture– save for the fact that break dancing to save jobs and homes feels inherently ridiculous, and that referenced line is mind-bogglingly silly.
Still, there’s something encouraging about seeing these sorts of issues appear in what’s otherwise just disposable cinematic product.