Thursday, July 26, 2012

Step Up Revolution

Can You Step It Up?
By: Daniela Delvescovo

Movie Review of
Step Up Revolution
Director: Scott Speer
Cast: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Cleopatra Colemen

"Listen up, we exist"

Step Up is back for a fourth time, on the streets of South Beach, Miami. The film follows an entirely new cast as they form "The Mob" (a dance crew), in an effort to win 100,000 dollars and save their town.

Let me start by saying this movie is not worth the 12 dollars it costs to see it in theaters. I personally wished I had waited for the DVD. The movie itself had a few instances of unnecessary foul language, and sexuality-suggestive dance sequences. In addition, one thing that really bothered me was that there was an underlying message that discouraged people from going to college. It is rated PG-13, and yes, I don't see it as being something a 13-year-old couldn't handle, but I can see it sending subliminal messages to any adolescent.

The movie begins with "The Mob" stopping traffic on a crowded street in Miami to perform one of their dances. Both the town and the media are mystified by them, but they don't know whether to think of them as entertainment or a public disturbance.  

At the head of the dance crew is a man named Sean (played by Ryan Guzman). He created "The Mob" in hopes of winning a 100,000-dollar prize on the internet. He is skipping college in hopes of becoming famous with the crew and later becoming employed as a professional dancer.

Sean soon meets an up-and-coming dancer named Emily Anderson (played by Kathryn McCormick). She is the daughter of a hotel contractor who wants to tear down Sean's home. The two make a connection and decide to use "The Mob" to protest what her father is doing. 

Though this movie loses its charm as soon as the actors open their mouths, choice dance sequences in the movie really are breathtaking. It also has a message embedded in it that can have an impact on us all: We should use the gifts God gave us to make a difference in the world.

God gave us all different gifts: Different talents that can be used to make a difference in this world. However, many of us don't use these talents for Christ at all. 

For instance, just this weekend in church there was a man sitting next to me who had an amazing voice! It made me wonder why he wasn't in the church choir. I asked him and he replied, "I don't really think it would be my thing". 

This puzzled me. The more I think about it though, the more I realize that many people (including myself) could identify with this man. We sometimes feel scared to try new things, or get involved because we feel unworthy, or are afraid of trying and failing.

“Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible; 
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
~ St. Francis of Assisi

Just like the characters in Set Up Revolution, we can make a difference in our communities: but for God. So stop being afraid! This week I challenge you to use your talents to make a difference in your parish. We as Christians can do the impossible, just like St. Francis of Assisi says in this quote, but we must start by doing what is possible. 

Questions for youth groups, families, and other small group discussions (please feel free to post comments below):

1. What are some talents you possess, and how can you use them for Christ?
2. Why don't more people use their talents to serve Christ both in and outside of Mass?
3. Why is it important that we share the talents God gave us?


Anonymous said...

i really liked your commentary. I am surprised of the hidden message and how the movie is rated.

Thanks for the advise.

DaniDelvescovo12 said...

No thank you for reading! At the core the movie did have a unique message that could be used positively, but other aspects of the film made it lose its charm.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for another good review. this is one that is not even going on the 'might want to see' list.

Good News Ministries said...

Thank you for reading Richard! If you are looking for a good movie though, I would defiantly recommend The Way on DVD (which is also included in the column) it was simply fantastic!

Terry Modica said...

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