“BATTLE OF THE YEAR” Movie Review. Give Breakdance a Chance.
IN MALAYSIAN CINEMAS 21, NOVEMBER, 2013
“BATTLE OF THE YEAR” PRESS REVIEW
No, you will not hear violent battle cries as the film’s name implies.
But make no bones about it, “BATTLE OF THE YEAR” can be an enjoyable flick despite its insipid title.
It’s all about dance, dance, dance … breakdance!
Here you find a radical assortment of American male dancers pitting against each other even in dedicated training, within the confines of a “breakaway fortress” far away from the madding crowd to focus, in order to improve their dance prowess.
If you wonder whatever happened to break-dancing movies these days, then the answer lies here, the revival.
“BATTLE OF THE YEAR” is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world. The Americans haven’t won in the fifteen years.
Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante (Alonso) wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake (Holloway), who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team.
Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a Dream Team of all the best dancers across the country.
With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every tactic he knows to get twelve talented individuals to bond as a team (despite the myriad of personality differences) if they’re going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started.
Will all efforts pay off? Will the American clinch the trophy?
You have to find out for yourself, but the dance choreography is awesomely impressive.
The key attraction of this film is the casting of controversial hip-hop artist turned actor, Chris Brown. Brown plays a character that is cocky, egocentric but very talented.
If you like dance flicks, then this one should do no wrong.