breaking thru

Breaking Through takes you through the reality Millennials face today when trying to make it in the creative, artistic world.

The story follows Casey Wright (Sophia Aguiar), who has dreamed of being a successful dancer. Because of the Internet, social media, and how many people want the same dream, it is difficult for her to make it a reality. In the meantime, like most people in Los Angeles, she is working a boring job while hustling to make her dreams come true. On the side, Casey and her dance crew upload videos hoping to gain fans and fame. Casey is approached by a manager, Quinn (Jay Ellis), who seems to have more than just an interest in her and the crew. One of her crew members and best friend/love interest JJ, played by Jordan Rodrigues, has a bad feeling about Quinn and reminds Casey throughout the film to stay true to herself. JJ was right as Quinn persuades Casey to go solo and ditch her crew. She falls into the lonely world of fame and following a path that is not her own. Sure, she is gaining a fan base, but when you are alone at the top and it is not even your vision is it worth it?

Everyone is trying to make it, how do you set yourself apart? Breaking Through showcases talented dancers and musicians, including the Les Twins, but some of the dancing seems to fall short from wowing the audience. The casting is unimpressive and although Aguiar is stunning, her portrayal as the lead isn’t as inspiring as you want it to be. Rodrigues gives a breakout performance, carrying the cast throughout each scene he is in. Breaking Through seems to be trying too hard to join the dance film craze and be the next Step Up phenomenon.