Brace yourself as the world's best B-Boy teams hit the stage in the most intense dance tournament. The Battle of the Year competition is an all-out war of mind-blowing dance moves, explosive routines and electrifying displays of skill and imagination. The American team, a group of underdogs, is pitted against the world's elite as they tear it up in their struggle for the top spot with the help of their coaches, Blake (Josh Holloway) and Franklyn (Josh Peck). Set to pumping beats from an amped soundtrack, the All-Star dream team thrills in this epic dance-off.
Imagine if you will Coach Carter, a smart, tough and righteous basketball coach who brought a team from nothing to achieve something no other coach could have. Now imagine that Coach Carter after his triumphs faced a series of losses so great it ripped out his soul and turned him into a boring, emotionless husk. Now make him a dance instructor and you have Battle of the Year, a horrifyingly bad picture too formulaic to even describe.
The film follows down and out coach Blake (Josh Holloway), a man who has lost those close to him as he is given a second chance by being given the position of coach of the US B-Boy team. Blake starts training these boys for the ultimate competition in B-boy, the Battle of the Year. With the help of a few trusted assistants and some friends Blake might just be able to make a team worthy of entering the competition.
While the film is filled with plenty of well choreographed dance routines, in fact a whole film of dance would appeal to me but there is very little to enjoy when the film dips into the often distressingly cheesy main story. Holloway is a likable mess but the films script is so disastrous he spews faux inspiration left right and centre. Not only that but Josh Peck continues his spree of poor performances as Blake’s apprentice coach, a role that requires more than the little bit of face twitching Peck provides.
Ultimately this team building exercise is a mix of poor quality direction, acting and writing but it does have plenty of captivating dance sequences that lots of time and effort have been devoted to. The dancing is well presented, lively and the best part of this emotionally flaccid film and that is a crying shame.