Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Step Up 3D

Rating : 6/10
Release Date : 3rd September, 2010
Time : 107 minutes
Director : John Chu; Writer: Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer; Music : Bear McCreary
Starring : Rick Malambri, Adam Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith Stallworth, Joe Slaughter

If this wasn’t in 3D, would probably be advising you to stay away. Very weak & predictable story, mostly wooden characters, hammy, school play-ish acting, clich├ęd dialogue is compensated for by some good moments, great choreography and some mind blowing dance moves which become pure dynamite in 3D.

The plot is very very weak, reminiscent of almost every film in this genre made previously. Plot elements include a ‘good’ guy (Rick) who scouts talent and runs a dance school / practice arena, a must win (else Rick loses his house & everything) dance competition (the World Jam), a precocious new talent (Adam) who has to choose between engineering and dance, an evil ex-best friend now turned enemy (Joe), an insider who seems to be leaking information and a turncoat, unsympathetic bank managers and the obligatory love interest (Sharni). Pretty obvious how things pan out ?

There are a few moments which really stand out. A tango (quite unexpected amongst all the hip hop). A lovely street dance between the 2nd lead pair of Adam and Alyson, again set to an unexpected music track. A beautiful moment on a vent between the main leads, truly lovely to watch (especially the bubbles, and I’m definitely going to try this out). And some truly kickass choreographed set pieces, both the qualifying rounds (yes, the world championship only requires 2 rounds before the finals) and a fitting fantastic finale…

The good thing here is that some of the moves are made specifically for 3D, its not just a technological afterthought but clearly part of the original thought process. Water, bubbles, hand movements, some jumps, confetti, light effects all combine nicely with the 3D to create a visual feast. And some of the sets were truly terrific, very artistic.

So, a film that is very clear what its about (and what its not). Almost juvenile in parts, yet manages to excite. A good, fun, one time watch.

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