From Breakdancing to Batman
by Faith Pang on Friday, September 21st, 2012
The summer of 2012 was certainly an exciting one for moviegoers. Blockbusters were released one after another throughout June, July, and August. Highly anticipated flicks included Step Up: Revolution, directed by Scott Speer, and The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan.
Step Up: Revolution, the fourth installment in the “Step Up” series, details the story of a young woman, Emily, who travels to Miami in pursuit of her dream to become a professional dancer. Once in the city she meets Sean, the leader of one of the biggest dance crews in the city, and becomes fascinated with his art. Instead of creating classic performance art, the dance crew decides to use their talent to protest when a hotshot hotel businessmen signs a contract to turn their part of the city into a grand hotel, a scheme which would force hundreds of hardworking people to evacuate. Emily and Sean finally convince dance crews from New York to travel down and protest with them. My mind was blown by the stunning and passionate dance scenes set to a soundtrack that complemented them perfectly. As a dancer, I felt the movie inspired my own thoughts about choreography. In addition, Step Up: Revolution was worth seeing on the big screen.
There is only one word to describe The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, the third movie in the Batman trilogy: epic. After Batman, in reality the multibillionaire Bruce Wayne, takes the fall for the murder of Harvey Dent, his reputation plummets, and he is hunted as a despised vigilante. Yet when Bane, a super villain intent on destroying Gotham, strikes the city and holds many people hostage, Batman feels obliged to help the city that turned against him. With the aid of Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), the much-loved superhero saves the day yet again. Packed with fast-paced chases and massive explosions, Batman met all the criteria for a blockbuster action flick. Yet The Dark Knight Rises did not fall into the trap that many such high-budget thrillers do: it did not rely only on special effects and action to drive its plot. In between scenes of high-tech warfare, the acting was first-rate. While Tom Hardy did not play Bane with the same chilling complexity that Heath Ledger captured in the Joker, he nevertheless delivered ample scares.
Both Step Up: Revolution and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises thoroughly deserved their blockbuster status. I encourage you to look for them soon on DVD or online.
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