I have always been a fan of the whole dance movie phenomenon, so when I heard that director Benson Lee was coming out with Battle of the Year, based on a real life international competition and documentary entitled “Planet B-Boy,” I had to see it.
Two long lost friends, Blake and Dante, are reunited after tragic hits and turns Blake’s life upside down at the top of his game as a nationally ranked basketball coach. You say what does a basketball coach know about putting together a dance crew? This competitive driven film, shows the struggles of putting ones life back together and finding what family and being a real team means.
Skeptical, Dante agrees and lets Blake take an already formed crewed, The LA FINEST, and turn them into an all American Dream Team by auditioning the best of the best from all over America where they will then compete in an international dance competition held in France, which by the way originally started in America.
Through out this film, I saw some amazing dance moves and choreography. If you are into the dance movies as I am, you will notice some familiar faces from other great dance films and TV productions like Honey, You Got Served, Step-Up 2 & 3D, So You Think You Can Dance, and Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew.
Overall, this was a great film! I loved the rush of competition and watching the crew become one. It also had a great message showing, that even though the Americans were the underdogs and were competing in an international competition, they were no different than any of the other teams competing. They in fact were representing all the nationalities as one.
I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did, and I’ll see you at the movies!!!
Battle of the Year (2013)
Cast: Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck, Caity Lotz, and Chris Brown.
Director: Benson Lee