Bravetown | Flashdance meets Platoon as Lucas Till's testy teen DJ peps up troubled Midwest town

Bravetown Lucas Till Kherington Payne
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Bravetown Lucas Till Kherington Payne

"Dippy but engaging"

A troubled New York teenager peps up a traumatised Midwestern town with his DJ-ing skills in dippy but engaging dance-music drama Bravetown (aka Strings).

After a drug overdose, Lucas Till's angry Josh gets sent by the courts to live with his estranged father in a North Dakota town that has lost many of its young to war. He's initially surly with everyone - including his laid-back drug counsellor (Josh Duhamel) and beautiful dancer Mary (Kherington Payne) - but after reluctantly agreeing to put some zip into the his new high school's lacklustre dance team with his techno music, he begins to raise the town's spirits and transform his own life.

At first, Bravetown's combination of teen-musical clichés and sober drama seems wildly jarring. Yet as the story unfolds the mix surprisingly gels. In the end, the movie's faith in the healing properties of dance turns out to be surprisingly stirring. And the team's routines have plenty of verve, as well.

Certificate 15. Runtime 114 mins. Director Daniel Duran

Bravetown debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on 12 March and is available on Digital Download from Under the Milky Way.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.