Review: ‘Move!’

An amiable, energetic portrait of seven young Austrians set on performing and promoting their original rap music, "Move!" is the kind of doc the world would love to have on music giants when they were getting started. Proof positive of hip-hop as an irrepressible global phenomenon, doc could secure offshore tube dates.

An amiable, energetic portrait of seven young Austrians set on performing and promoting their original rap music, “Move!” is the kind of doc the world would love to have on music giants when they were getting started. But apart from the sheer incongruity of Viennese youngsters sounding almost indistinguishable from rot-gut American rappers, doc is pleasant rather than captivating and feels more like high-quality reality TV than a theatrical pic. Proof positive of hip-hop as an irrepressible global phenomenon, doc — shot and edited in a lively but not exhausting manner — could secure offshore tube dates.

Three young women set up an office with computer editing gear to produce videos of their four male rapper buddies. Efforts to storm New York with their catchy, dynamic music are intercut with Vienna rallies and demonstrations to protest racism and social exclusion in an increasingly multicultural society. Attractive subjects are gung-ho, but this doc seems unlikely to come into its own unless spotlighted musicians do hit the big time — as if a doc crew had had the prescience to follow Eminem when he was living the life depicted in “8 Mile.”

Move!

Austria

Production

A Buena Vista Intl. release (in Austria) of a Cult-film presentation of a Cult production. (International sales: Cult-film, Vienna.) Produced, directed by Niki List. Written by Regine E. Steinmetz.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Peter Roehsler; editor, Sonja Lesowsky; music, Viennese Voodoo, Fairy Nectar; art director, Manoi Ebner. Reviewed at Chicago Film Festival (competing), Oct. 7, 2003. German and English dialogue. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Claudia Bruckner, Marco Hebga, Marie Hebga, Bobas Markowski, Verica Jambrovik, Philip Siegel, Dennis Steinmetz, Sabine Steli.
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