This movie is about break-dancing and an international competition to select the best dance team of "B-boys" from around the world. Although, break-dancing was invented in the United States, no American team has won the "Battle of the Year" in over fifteen years. This year's competition in the movie, will be held in France. Teams from all over the world have entered the competition, including the favorites to win that come from South Korea.
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The reason why the American team has not won for a very long time is because they are terrible. This is due to a lack of motivation. Laz Alonso plays the character of Dante Graham who is the Producer of the American team and the one footing the bill. He hires an ex-basketball coach Jason Blake (played by Josh Holloway) to try to get the American dance team in shape. Coach Blake recently suffered a serious personal tragedy of losing both his wife and son, so he is not in the mood for any shenanigans by the dance team. His main motivation is to get lost in the work so he can forget about how sad he really is. Blake attacks the challenge of making a great team head on, and convinces the boys that his no-nonsense approach to training, which is more in the style of a sports team than a dance team, will work.
Bad boy Chris Brown plays a character called Rooster and we are happy to see his ego get knocked down considerably by the Coach. The Coach teaches them it is not about one shining star that makes a winner, it is about teamwork. We see the team practice and practice for the competition until they get really good and can make moves, as a whole, not as just individual grand-standing.
The competition is fierce and it is not certain that the American team can step up to the level where they have a chance to win, but the main thing is what they learn about themselves and each other.
Best part of story, including ending:
This dance film genre is a bit worn out already, so that is why this film probably did not do so well. The dancing is good but the plot is mediocre.
Best scene in story:
The final dance competition is terrific and shows some great moves. This is why we go to see these dance movies.
Opinion about the main character:
Coach Blake uses everything he knows to gain enough psychological advantage over the team, so that they forget about their personal stuff and become a unified team. This is interesting because we know the Coach is going through his own serious personal troubles at the same time.