Step Up 3D Review

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New York City street dancers Luke (Malambri) and Natalie (Vinson), and NYU freshman Moose (Sevani), prepare themselves for a showdown with the best hip-hop dancers in the world.

★★★★★

It’s the usual case of great dancing, ropey script in this third in the US streetdance series. The good news is it stars the best thing about Step Up 2: the genial Adam G. Sevani as gangly geek Moose, who happens to be a whizz on the dancefloor (think Michael Cera in product placement trainers). Bad news is he is joined by blank-faced hunk Rick Malambri as Luke, the unlikely-looking leader of The Pirates, a crew gunning for the big competition prize. These Pirates can dance alright, but very few of them can act, leading to excruciating dialogue scenes with a script that manages to out-cliché its predecessors. Still, the 3D is used to full effect with dancers popping into the screen in rousing dance-offs and a terrific finale.

While the 3D dance scenes pop off the screen, the lines - and clichéd plot - are delivered with a resounding clunk.