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'Step Up: All In': Keep dancing, just keep dancing

By Wang DexianMovies - 06 September 2014 12:00 AM

'Step Up: All In': Keep dancing, just keep dancing

Step Up All In

Our Rating

2/5 Stars

‘Step Up: All In’ is the fifth instalment of the ‘Step Up’ franchise. 

Perhaps in a very wise move, the movie executives left out the series number in the promotional material of the movie to not remind us of how many of these movies we’ve seen. 

So, ‘Step Up: All In’ is another dance movie. While no one in their right mind watches these movies for the plot, you can’t really have a movie without one.

This movie picks up right where ‘Step Up: Revolution’ left off. Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) from the previous movie is now in LA, with his crew “The Mob”, struggling to make ends meet as a professional dancer. 

In search of better things, the crew moves away from LA … leaving Sean alone. When Sean learns of a competition known as “The Vortex”, he turns to fan favourite character Robert “Moose” Alexander III (played by now grown up Adam Sevani) who introduces Sean to Andie (Briana Evigan reprising her role from ‘Step Up 2: The Streets’).

With Moose pulling in a bunch of characters from the old movies, they all form a new crew, “LMNTRIX” to compete in “The Vortex”, where the prize of a three-year residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas awaits. 

So yeah, basically ‘Step Up: All In’ is an all-star game featuring some of the franchise’s best and most loved characters from the past, with the exception of its biggest star, Channing Tatum.

Not that the characters really matter anyway, as the movie can be best described as a machine that performs at peak efficiency when it is in the middle of one of its spontaneous dance offs. Showcasing slick choreography, sweet dance moves and some pretty great looking 3D – ‘Step Up: All In’ delivers in that regard. 

What happens when they’re not dancing though? After all, even musicals don’t sing themselves the whole way through (unless it’s ‘Les Miserables’ or ‘Sweeney Todd’). 

The movie does attempt to chronicle the struggles of wannabe professional dancers; however, that attempt is let down by a number of things.

The plot descends into rather generic dance-together-until-you-fall-in-love fluff and the still absurd manner of solving beefs through dance battles. It all feels pretty laughable whenever a dance sequence isn’t in play.

The flaws of ‘Step Up’ movies are intensified here, with bad acting, subpar dialogue and the involvement of way too many characters making for a rather unmemorable experience. 

As expected, ‘Step Up: All In’ isn’t a very well rounded movie.

The fifth go round and the freshness of watching awesomely choreographed dance moves on a big screen is lessened dramatically. Perhaps, it’s time for this franchise to take a practice break or two.

‘Step Up: All In’ is now showing in cinemas

Wang Dexian, or Dex, is a chronic insomniac. His eyes are usually closed, except when he's in the cinema

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    Drama, Musical, Romance
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