“Enough with performance art. It’s time for protest art.”

I bet we won’t see anything funnier today than the Step Up Revolution trailer. This thing is pure gold. Every two years a new Step Up film is conceived in a mirrored studio deep in a secret bunker; it’s like a dance cocoon. Because Jon M. Chu, who directed the second and third films, moved on to make the G.I. Joe sequel, this fourth film, formerly saddled with the dullsville title Step Up 4, brings in video and dance director Scott Speer.

And since Baltimore and New York City don’t offer quite enough mini-skirts and hyper-polished cars from which to leap, the action has been moved to Miami. Perhaps I’m the only one, but when I think of Miami, I think of Cuba, and when I think of Cuba I think ¡Revolución! And that’s just what the fourth movie offers. Revolution. IN DANCE. See the trailer below.

As is so often the case with this series, the physical performances look incredible, while the story comes off as hilarious. So this one is right on track. Step Up Revolution opens July 27, 2012.

STEP UP REVOLUTION is the next installment in the worldwide smash STEP UP franchise, which sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami. EMILY (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with SEAN (Ryan Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called “The Mob.” When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob’s historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people, Emily must band together with Sean and The Mob to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.

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