Make Your Move is like any other dance film that has come down the pike over the years down to the star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of whatever spectrum (in fact this one makes no bones there is a Romeo & Juliet element to the romance). That said, the music isn’t bad and the acting above average considering the material.
Make Your Move
Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Music
Sony | PG13 – 110 min. – $30.99 | July 22, 2014
The music is pumping, the dance floor is moving and Donny (DEREK HOUGH) stops when he sees the beautiful Aya (BOA) performing with her hip-hop Cobu crew at the hottest underground club in New York. They come from two different worlds (*cough* Romeo & Juliet *cough*), but they speak the same language: dance. When the couple finds themselves in the middle of a bitter rivalry, they must choose between family ties or their love for each other. Now, they must make their move.
QUICK HIT REVIEW — 2.5/5
Not a very original dance movie, makes sense that it would emulate films like Save the Last Dance and Step Up considering this was written (and directed) by the same person, Duane Adler. Still, the music is alright and the acting adequate considering the material, particularly by Derek Hough, brother of another singer/dancer, Julianne Hough (who starred in the Footloose remake). Make Your Move isn’t something I’ll revisit any time soon but for fans of the genre, you might get more out of it.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5
The features are fairly light with an Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Duane Adler and Cinematographers Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo; some Deleted Scenes (6:37; HD); and a Making the Moves: Choreography (16:55; HD) featurette.
VIDEO – 3.75/5
Make Your Move dances its way onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Not all too surprising, the film looks like it was shot digitally where the picture is clean and colors are bright and when at the underground dance club, darker levels appear stark, showing no signs of artifacting or pixilation. There is some banding but it’s minimal. The downfall for the transfer is, detail levels aren’t impressive and it just has a cheap feel to it.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is mixed as well. When it comes to dialogue, things are a bit too quiet and soft but when the music gets cranking, that’s when this lossless audio kicks it into gear with the LFE channel coming to life as well as each and every channel getting full use.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, Make Your Move is like any other dance film that has come down the pike over the years down to the star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of whatever spectrum (in fact this one makes no bones there is a Romeo & Juliet element to the romance). That said, the music isn’t bad and the acting above average considering the material. The Blu-ray released by Sony offers adequate audio/video while the features are limited.