"Feel the Noise" is somewhere stuck. The movie is shot on a low budget and it shows. Doesn't speak much of Jennifer Lopez as a producer. And unfortunately, even with more than enough innuendos, it lacks of any sex or much of profanity to cater to the target audience and get the desired rating. So, it comes out as little odd at times, when the characters and language are all but muted. The music, attempting to be as close to authentic, isn't chartbuster either, but still may get them some soundtrack CD sales. A few sequences which showcase dirty dancing, known as perreo are good, but how authentic can it be without getting dirty?
R&B singer Omarion can't quite get into the role of Rob, a teenager whose fledgeling rapping career is rudely interrupted when he gets on to the wrong side of both the police and a local thug. His mother packs him off to Puerto Rico to his dad. Here he gets friendly with his half brother, Javi (Victor Rasuk) who also shares his passion for music and dance and gets to know reggaeton (mix of hip-hop, reggae and Latin). Rob also meets C.C. (Zulay Henao) during a night of clubbing, who mesmerises her with her body and groovy moves. C.C. inspires Rob and Javi to go to New York and try at cutting a CD. She also connects them to a music industry guy, Jeffrey Skylar (James McCaffrey), who has some different designs on her.
In New York, they make a demo but Rob has a fight with the producer, due to tampering with the soul of their music. Talk about idealism and little bit of not succumbing to commercial pressure and perils of business interest, in defence of art and how the colonized stands up the colonizer. The movie culminates in an explosive performance in the Puerto Rico day parade, which gives you some money's worth.
A very predictable storyline and slow place lets the movie down badly. The protagonist can't emote too well, either. Story of an underdog leaving a ghetto for a better life under challenging circumstances has been heard many times before. Even, a bit of philosophy and Puerto Rican fable can't drive the movie home.
Can watch to learn some moves to burn the dance floor or just for timepass.