Cast: Sharni Vinson (Natalie), Rick Malambri (Luke), Adam Sevani (Moose), Alyson Stoner (Camille)
Director: Jon M Chu
Genre: Dance/ Musical/ Romance
Sequel to the popular 2006 American dance series, Step Up 3D sticks close to the formula and offers no surprises. If you are the one who watches movies for the plot, acting or great direction, then, this movie is not meant for you. Keep all those criteria aside and watch Step Up 3D for the only thing it claims to be awesome at–dance.
A group of ‘orphaned’ New York City street dancers, called the House of Pirates, who, in the truest sense, are “Born from a Boombox” pit against the world’s best hip-hop dancers in the biggest street dance battle called the World Jam.
Though there are enough dances, pants-popping moves and choreography to delight everyone but the plot falls flat and so does the story as well as the direction.
The setting is New York where freshman Moose (Adam G Sevani), a born dancer, who is starting college at the New York University with a final warning from his parents to stay away from dance crews ringing in his ear, bumps into foot-stomping guru Luke (Rick Malambri) who also secretly yearns to be a documentary filmmaker.
Luke runs something called the Vault—a safehouse for talents that have nowhere to go. The Vault also has a club in the basement from where the money comes. However, Luke is behind on the rent and the bank decides to sell the mortgaged property to Julian who runs the House of Samurai (their sparring competitors). Their last hope is the high-stakes showdown World Jam which will change their lives forever and give them the money to pay the bank mortgage to retain the Vault.
While Luke finds love in the enigmatic dancer Natalie (Vinson), who surprisingly turns out to be Julian’s sister, Moose, on the other hand starts ignoring best friend Camille (Alyson Stoner), who begins feeling left out.
The choreography and the dancers are several notches above the first two offerings, and moreover, they are in 3D. Also, unlike most films of the genre which lose steam midway, this one doesn't.
Two dances, both featuring Moose, one on a wet floor and another where he jives with Camille, are simply amazing and noteworthy.
So I would suggest you to put on your dancing shoes and step up once again!