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STEP UP REVOLUTION Trailer Hopes To Change The World One Flash Mob At A Time!

The Kidd here...

I may be a sucker for dance movies, but the STEP UP franchise has never done anything for me (perhaps it was that Channing Tatum first impression). However, Summit is keeping things going with a fourth installment at the end of July, and this time STEP UP isn't just going 3-D... it's going flash mob.

A new trailer premiered (via Clevver TV), giving a sampling of the story where dancing is no longer performance; it's a form of protest. Peter Gallagher never saw it coming. 

Also, living in Miami, I wish I could say news coverage of a flash mob like that wouldn't happen, but I'd be lying. There's no more news in our news down here. 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • March 29, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Flash mobs suck. Dance movies suck. That is all.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • March 29, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Dance movies?

    by adeceasedfan

    What is this genre you speak of?

  • March 29, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Caught the 3rd one on tv...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Didn't think it was real. It's one of the most horrible things I've ever witnessed. This movie will probably be worse. Flash mobs? Seriously?

  • March 29, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    JCVD reprises his Breakin' role as Channing Tatum's grampa.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • March 29, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    this trailer for some reason made me Mad

    by ORIONgods

  • March 29, 2012, 9:27 p.m. CST

    You sure you want to admit that Kidd.

    by adeceasedfan

    Manhood secure... ...deep in your butt cheeks.

  • March 29, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    truth is im glad this kind of movie is still made

    by eloy

    not that im the intended audience for it at all- unless they are actually counting on the bunch of guys who wanna give it a try because of the leg-spreading, tight-assed chick; in that case I am the intended audience for this, for sure- but it feels kinda cool to see the industry is still not jaded enough to stop making, in this day and age, shit that could make a perfect double feature with any of those 90's Lambada flicks, whether the one with the math teacher who reached out to his inner-city students by performing the Forbidden dance in sleazy nightclubs or the Laura Elena Harring one, where she played a brazilian princess or something who came to America to bring an ecological message to the world- and dance like a slut. Step Up: Occupy all Theater's seats! I might even go, watch that chick's cheeks and feel nostalgic for those cannon films of yore.

  • March 29, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I will be seeing this movie

    by Vern

    That's no joke. The other Step Up movies are hilarious. They're completely ludicrous in a very likable and knowing (but not too winky) way. Most of the music is terrible but there are some great Michael Jackson video inspired dance numbers. When I saw the third one I felt stupid that I didn't go see it in 3D. That looks like the ultimate 3D experience. This one looks equally absurd. I understand that the Geek Community has to oppose all forms of dance (these movies, that scene in The Matrix Reloaded, etc.) because of their people's rich history of wallflowerdom, but don't be a dick about it. Without the success of the Step Up movies you boys wouldn't have your precious action-figure-accurate Cobra Commander mask, so be thankful. It's the circle of life, we are all interconnected.

  • March 29, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    bobo_vision said it best. My thoughts exactly.

    by Dharma4

    God bless you, bobo_vision. God bless you. -Namaste-

  • March 29, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Enough of performance arts, it's for protest arts!

    by Dharma4

    Holy shit, seriously? -Namaste-

  • March 29, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Its Occupy Douchedom.

    by BrandonGK

  • March 29, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Dammit vern.

    by adeceasedfan

    You're right... precious .... COBRAAAAAA!!!!

  • March 29, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Jeez..Whatta massive WUSS.

    by BeanGrud

  • And then I was forced to watch it because I was mentoring a thug wannabe from Jamaica, Queens who thought dance battles were cool. Maybe I can come to your neck of the woods and mentor you. I'll take you to the latest Step Up movie and buy you a popcorn and a diet coke and teach you right from wrong so that you don't hold up any more liquor stores.

  • March 29, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST

    re: vern; and dance movies

    by eloy

    vern? the vern vern? man, it'd been eons! glad to hear from ya in the aintitcool waters. dont disappear like that again. or maybe id just chosen wrong threads. anyway, did anyone here watch Make It Happen? Holy molly! Dunno if those are gay or not but if the price of watching Mary Elizabeth Winstead in fishnets and high heels using a pole and a chair as props in her dancing routine is getting called a faggot then so be it. Holy molly!

  • March 29, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I saw Step Up: 3D while I was high...

    by Bruno

    It was no joke, some of the best 3D I had ever seen in the theater. Again I was high. But I enjoyed it more than Clash of The Titans which came out earlier in the year. There was a 3D dance with a guy doing some shit with his head like a robot that was fucking awesome. You geeks should actually go see shit like this in theaters. These movies attract women in groups. And not the fat ones.

  • March 29, 2012, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Vern vs. The Kidd

    by 88mph

    Well this is totally the wrong place to pick my battle - as these movies are technically terrible - but can the Kidd appreciate anything, even if it means doing so with some irony? The Step Up movies are dumb, ludicrous fun (as Vern pointed out in his comment). Turn them on for some well-choreographed, well-shot dance sequences, stay for the completely ridiculous dramatic monologues and comically terrible acting. Kidd, if you don't like it, why post about it? It's not like the Step Up series is aimed at the typical AICN reader. We don't need to know about this sequel. Did you just want to let us know that this is one more thing on the list of things you don't really care for? It seems like that would be pretty long list. You seem a bit joyless, man. Not trying to call you out. I appreciate how often you post. I think the quality of your writing is solid. I'm just continually bothered by your seeming inability to be excited by pretty much anything on any level.

  • March 29, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by billcom6

  • March 29, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    The Evil Land Developer Strikes Again!!!

    by billcom6

    Are they the most over used villain in film?

  • March 29, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by Bruno

    Well choreographed is right. The dance sequence from part 2 in the rain, at night, set to Timbaland's "Bounce" is still some of the best dancing I have seen in any dance movie...

  • March 29, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    If it wasn't for the dancing and sexual suggestiveness....

    by Hellstrom

    This film appears to be on the level of a Nickelodeon tv show...

  • March 29, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I didn't think these movies could get any stupider after Step Up 3-D

    by dukeroberts

    I was wrong.

  • March 30, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Vern's wisdom could redeem just about anything

    by zillabeast

    Stop in more often dude. Loving the reviews on your site tho.

  • They're supposed to be spontaneous (and they look nothing like the shit in that video). When done well they can be quite incredible. Like this one Notice how much this DOESN'T look like that video.

  • March 30, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST


    by Kammich

    Will I see a "Step Up" film without Channing Tatum. "NEVER!" Quoth George Lucas, nevermore.

  • March 30, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    It's also the same plot as Who's Da Man?

    by Mel

  • March 30, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Dancing as a form of protest?

    by buggerbugger

    How the fuck are these people **not** being punched in the face 24 hours a day?

  • March 30, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Here's what real street dancing looks like..

    by ganymede3010

    Not that Electric Bugaloo bullshit..

  • March 30, 2012, 4:26 a.m. CST

    So this site covers lame kiddie dance movies now?

    by FlandersBum

    I'm confused...what do dance movies and 'cool' have in common again?

  • March 30, 2012, 4:32 a.m. CST

    gay does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    We are the mob - we dance to show that we exist... Now put your cap sideways and get your turquoise vest on. An while yo shaking your ass make sure yo wear your angry face so they don' call you gay. It's time to dance, son.

  • March 30, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    ( l ) + :O = creepy's $!!

    by cameron

  • March 30, 2012, 5:08 a.m. CST

    a couple notes

    by Vern

    1. I feel like it's possible that some of you knuckleheads might have a problem with gay people. 2. These movies, at least since part 2, intentionally present a silly heightened reality. In part 2 they humiliate the bad guy by secretly dancing behind him, in part 3 one of the main characters gets jumped in the restroom by dance-ninjas who pulls hidden speakers out of his jacket and tries to have a dance-off with him, in this one they apparently disguise themselves as art installations and dance on top of bouncing low riders. So comparing it to "what real street dancing looks like" is really hugely missing the point. 3. Good for you Bobovision for mentoring the young people. Some day they'll look back and remember when Step Up 3 changed their lives and they might vaguely remember you sitting there too. But I mean it though, good for you.

  • March 30, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

    I'll go see this.....

    by smackmybishop

    when I have trouble sleeping. Looks like Pete Gallagher is on struggle street.

  • March 30, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    I've enjoyed all of these films and the third one was the best

    by Spandau Belly

    That third one had some of the silliest cheese I've ever seen in a film. Especially the scene where they stand on a vent and let the blowing air blow their slurpees around in the air like it's zero gravity or something. But their dance headquarters in NYC was just brilliant. The way they have a whole room just for shoes. A whole room just for doing 'the robot' etc. They somehow made them have this huge expensive futuristic facility in Manhattan but also make the plot about the struggling artists winning the money and saving the rec centre. I will be there for this.

  • March 30, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    oh, and Peter Gallagher was also in BURLESQUE

    by Spandau Belly

    So it's not like he's new to this type of picture.

  • March 30, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    vern, thanks

    by Bobo_Vision

    Mentoring kids from the ghetto wasn't always easy. I got through to some, but to others I was just some nerd who talked about the virtues of education. The people they looked up to most were ex-convicts/outlaws...just like a lot of the geeks here. <p> Guys who grew up without fathers or with fathers who never taught them to be men spend the rest of their lives looking for role models who can make them feel more like men. That's why a lot of grown adult men still idolize action film stars. <p> I love a good action film, but if you read the talkbacks for a film like The Expendables, you'll see that something else is going on. Guys talking about how much they need that film, that it's going to put hair on their chest and give them a testosterone fuelled boner. Repressed homosexuality aside, action film stars are the role models to these Peter Pans who didn't look up to their fathers. And that's what you are to a lot of these guys. A mentor in your own way. So it's good that you use your position to mentor a lot of these man-childs and teach them right from wrong. And you were smart not to release your photo because they can project their ideal father figure/hero onto the image they'd like you to take.

  • March 30, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST

    oh yeah, and Peter Gallagher was also in CENTRE STAGE

    by Spandau Belly

    So he totally loves these types of movies.

  • March 30, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST

    I wished they'd got Rooney Mara for the lead this time

    by Spandau Belly

    It would've been really funny if she'd signed up for this before DRAGON TATTOO and had to do it as a contractual obligation or something.

  • March 30, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    How are they still able to make these!? Seriously how?

    by Wcwlkr

    I'm dumb founded as to how these pieces of crap keep getting sequels!? Good grief do that many people watch So You Think You Can Dance? My Lord how do they keep making these pieces of garbage.

  • No seriously tell me you didn't see that God awful trailer and think that? OMG LOL that looks beyond horrendous

  • Dancing is fun to watch. I like watching dance for the same reasons I like watching awesome marital arts choreography, or a parkour routine. It's fun to watch human beings move and express themselves in an artistic and interesting way. I went to see Pina 3D and was blown away by much of it (it was a little snoozy in parts). And I am an action movie loving, 80's cartoon watching, game playing, curmudgeonly geek. It's just dancing. Just cause you can't (or won't) do it, doesn't mean there's something wrong with it. Fuck, I hate coming here sometimes... I used to think geeks would inherit the earth and bring about a Star Trek-like society of peace and acceptance of all races, cultures, and means of expression. Turns out we're just like all the other fuckers.

  • I haven't seen any of these but the trailer looks fun...if it helps any of you dudebros appreciate the form, just think of a dance as a fight scene where nobody's punches ever connect. There's a reason fights and dances are both arranged by a choreographer.

  • when I wonder just how many folks in this thread were actually old enough to watch those movies when they first came out. *raises hand* Since I was breaking with the boys in my classes, I still look on those films fondly for what they were intended to be. I like the "Step Up" films - like Vern & others have said, they are not intended to be "real", just some good-to-great dance set pieces. And so far, they deliver. Whenever I watch on DVD, I fast-forward to the set pieces, cuz the dialogue is only tolerable the first time ^_^ And I can't wait to see the dance crew from the previous films (Moose, and Harry Shum Jr ("Glee" as Mike Chang) ).

  • March 30, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    face meet palm, palm meet face........

    by cameron

    ELECTRIC BOOGALOO FUCKING CLOWN SHOOOOOOOOOOEEEEESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When i want to unwind wiv cool stree kids bustin' electro beats i watch The Last Dragon!!!! DATS WAT IM TALKIN' BOUT SHOO NUFF!!!

  • March 30, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    by capt ulrick

    could not have said it better myself. yes all the plots to the step up movies are completely ridiculous , but they showcase dancers doing amazing things (dance wise) and you know what verns right a lot of hate coming from this site is from geeks, who would rather sit on their ass and bitch than hone a psychical skill that takes years of practice and dedication to become noteworthy at. and for they record calling something gay still isnt cool.

  • March 30, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Step up, out.

    by blackwood

    Dance movies are like musicals -- they take place in an alternate reality where problems can be solved with sick moves and good beats instead of violence and lawyers. I dig that. They're fun, campy, a bit dumb, pretty inoffensive on the whole.

  • April 1, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST


    by thound3

    But do you have the Glow?

  • April 1, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    They don't know how to shoot dancing

    by HypeEndsHere

    It's like the young bucks that shoot these things don't understand. Unlike an action movie, dance sequences are built out of rather long takes. it shows the person can dance. Unless they're disguising the fact that the actors can't dance and they're shooting it like a Britney Spears video.