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    September 18, 2010

    MOVIE REVIEW: STEP UP 3-D

    STEP UP 3-D (English/PG13)
    Genre: Drama/Dance
    Release Date: 26 August 2010
    Distributor: Buena Vista, Summit Entertainment, Nusantara Edaran Filem
    Running Time: 107 minutes
    Director: John Chu
    Producers: Patrick Wachsberger, Erik Feig, Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot
    Writers: Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer, Duane Adler
    Casts: Rick Malambri, Adam Sevani, Sharni Vinson, alyson Stoner
    Plot: New York's intense street dancing underground comes alive in eye-popping Digital 3D in the third installment of the "Step Up" franchise as the raw, passion-fuelled culture goes global. A tight-knit group of street dancers, including Luke (Rick Malambri) and Natalie (Sharni Vinson), team up with NYU freshman Moose (Adam Sevani), and find themselves pitted against the world's best breakdancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.

    THE VERDICT



    The third franchise from the ever popular step Up franchise has given the audience an extra dimension to look for. This time, equipped with the fancy and genuinely made 3D, it’s time to put on your Nike Dunk and get your feet loose. Step Up 3D is supposedly entertaining but please don’t mind the short-comings on the story-telling, otherwise, this should be a good movie to enjoy. So what went right and what went wrong for Step Up 3?


    In Step Up 3, the film follows Moose and Camille Gage as they head to New York University, the former of whom is majoring in electrical engineering after promising his mother that he would not dance anymore. However, he soon stumbles upon a dance battle, meeting Luke and his House of Pirates dance crew and later teaming up with them to compete in the World Jam dance contest against their rivals, the House of Samurai dance crew.


    As usual, this review will look on the story. Once again, I felt fatigue trying to elaborate the story. Again and again, Step Up 3D, as like Step Up 2 and as like Step Up; is talking about some random but connected events that lead up to the battle between two dance houses. Isn’t this a constant repetitive story that anchors the franchise? Or else, aren’t there anything else to talk about been a dancer than yet another dancing competition? That says it all, Step Up 3D does not offer anything new from the story point of view. It looks like the same dilemma between choosing to dance or not is the same principle morality and mentality has struck the casts yet again. There are also some lovey dovey same old teenager issues about friendship, love and striking the destiny.


    Even the story didn’t mingle a different portion this time, while ignoring some bad acting; the story still have some quality in it. While it always been the same recycled plot, Step Up 3D has developed some, not many, melodramatic play in it. Luke (Rick Malambri) has a desired to become a film-maker besides dancing, and the plot has gathered some space for his talent to compile a documentary about his Pirates crews. That part I have to say has some styles and some emotional values within it. Other than that, there isn’t anything stellar about the plot.


    Forgive the story and acting, you have something brilliant coming. I thought Step Up 3D has made use the advancement of 3D technology into a brand new experience – it shorts, the best 3D movie I have ever seen. This time, 3D really pops out and somehow they are able to make the dancers really swift closer to you. At the same time, the feels persist while the film managed to pump in lots of energy along. Another major boost is the perfect and elaborated choreography with displaying very stunning visuals. For those technical compartments, Step Up 3D is really indeed an enjoyable movie of the year. This is a true major step up!


    In shorts, Step Up 3D is just another recycling process for the old plot in its predecessors. Nothing new can be offered and nothing great about the acting too; but the best thing of all is the major step up in terms of the enjoyment. Look at the magnificent 3D or else the perfectly coordinated and choreograph dance sequence and you have to say it is breathtaking.


    THE RATING
    Story - 3.0 stars
    Casts - 2.5 stars
    Cinematography - 4.5 stars
    Effects - 4.0 stars
    OVERALL - 3.5 stars
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