Don’t get me wrong, I love dance movies, especially when these films feature people who can actually dance. But what turns me off is their acting. And let’s keep it real, it’s hard to dance and act at the same time. Some may require further lessons, and by that I mean some excessive acting classes. Take Battlefield America for instance. The movie depicts the story of a young businessman who lands a community service sentence, which in turn led him to a group of misfit kids who need mentoring. With the help of a pro instructor, he works to get the kids ready for a big underground dance competition. Not a bad plot, right? Except for the fact that the movie’s directed by Chris Stokes (founder of successful but since failed boy group B2K, music producer, etc.) My point is that just because you’re a successful entrepreneur who made good music videos doesn’t mean you’re a superb film director. If you need proof, look at his previous directorial efforts.
Another thing about Stokes is his track record of working with the usual suspects. Such talents include Omarion Grandberry, Christopher Jones, and Marques Houston. The latter taking the lead role this time around. While I love Marques’ singing capabilities and his hilarious performance in classic TV comedy Sister, Sister, he’s failed on several occasions to impress me with some serious acting.
The best thing about this film is the dancing, the kids, Lynn Whitfield‘s presence, and the music. Aside from that, save your money cause not even the popcorn and soda will bring satisfaction if you sit through the entire movie. Then again, that’s just me. Don’t let my opinion keep you from check it out. You on the other hand might like this kind of film.