Sunday 5 August 2012

From the archive: "Step Up 3D"

3D is apparently so awesome it can rescue whole franchises from straight-to-DVD oblivion – but Step Up 3D has had its best moves stolen by scrappy Brit contender StreetDance. With series totem Channing Tatum a no-show, the baton here passes to Step Up 2’s tousle-haired comic relief Moose (Adam G. Sevani), as one of two NYU sweethearts who end up crashing at an absurd loft arrangement for the terpischorially gifted. From there, our fleet-footed heroes proceed to the annual World Jam dance-off, strive to save their favourite nightspot, and generally prove themselves “B-FAB”, a.k.a. Born From a Boombox, a.k.a. an item that instantly supercedes Mean Girls “fetch” as Movie Slang Least Likely To Catch On. For all its flashy accoutrements, what this cash-in lacks is physicality: the stereoscopic set-pieces have a virtual, occasionally inhuman quality, as though pasted in from the nearest green screen. Otherwise, it’s the same film, with several of the same tunes, as a half-dozen antecedents; the primary difference is that – with its non-stop clunky dialogue, in-your-face product placement and effete villain named Julian – this is dafter than most, and likely to leave even unworldly 12-year-olds rolling, rather than breakin’, in the aisles.

(The Scotsman, 6 August 2010)

Step Up 4 opens in cinemas nationwide from Friday.

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