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Review: We've seen these 'Battle of the Year' steps before
"Battle of the Year" isn't so much inspired by director Benson Lee's 2007 break-dancing documentary "Planet B-Boy" as it is an ad for it. Not only is the previous well-regarded film referred to by name — "You've seen 'Planet B-Boy,' right?" — but footage from it is used intermittently throughout. Add in overt product placement from Sony, Puma and Braun — star Josh Holloway actually "shaves" his considerable stubble with an electric razor — and this 3-D spectacle is less the dance movie that's going to make b-boying cool again than a shill for sponsors' gear.
By Annlee Ellingson
September 19, 2013