By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStarz | Jul 26, 2012 10:28 AM EDT
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"Step Up Revolution" has a scene using gas masks and canisters that Summit Entertainment is refusing to remove or edit, ignoring public outcry following the recent Aurora, Col., movie theater shooting where the same items were used by alleged gunman James Holmes.
The franchise's fourth installment includes a scene during a corporate party where "[the] dancers storm a room wearing gas masks and police vests while wielding smoke canisters," E! News reported.
In July's Aurora shooting, James Holmes opened the theatre's emergency door and entered a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" wearing a gas mask and body armour while carrying gas bombs. He allegedly threw gas canisters into the room, after which he then began a shooting rampage with additional guns and weapons that he carried with him into the theater. Twelve moviegoers were killed and 58 were injured.
Though critics state its uncanny similarity to the scene at Colorado's shooting massacre, Summit, the film's studio, refuses to edit the footage before the 3D film's release on July 27, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, they did comply by pulling TV ads and trailers featuring the scene in question.
"Summit will open this inspirational, nonviolent film in theatres nationwide this weekend as originally edited," the studio announced. They called also said that the film was about celebrating the power of dance.
Also in light of the Aurora shooting, "Gangster Squad," another heavily violent film starring Ryan Gosling, has decided to move its release date from September to January. The film has a scene where moviegoers are shot in a theatre.
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