Step Up All In
Step Up All In
Director: Trish Sie
Writers: John Swetnam, Duane Adler
Cast: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Adam G. Sevani, Misha Gabriel Hamilton, Stephen Boss, Stephen Stevo Jones, David Shreibman, Mari Koda, Christopher Scott, Luis Rosado, Chadd Smith, Facundo Lombard, Martín Lombard, Parris Goebel, Cyrus Spencer
Synopsis: All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive material
3.5 / 10
- Great cinematography work
- 3-D cinematography really brings out the dance moves
- Excellent soundtrack
- Very well choreographed and creative dance moves
- Weak script
- Poorly written characters
- Generic love story that's predictable and cliched
- Rushed character developments
- Actors don't convey emotions too well
- Cliched story
"Step Up All In" is basically an abysmal pile of dog s*** that never should've been made. Maybe it's because I'm not part of the intended demographic for this flick, but that still doesn't excuse a horrendously cliched script, and poorly developed characters.
For those of you that read my review of "Step Up 3-D", I did praise that movie for utilizing the 3-D cinematography well to enhance the dancing. Plus, I even praised how well choreographed the dance moves were, by praising it as a unique art form in itself. I even suggested that it probably would've served better being used in a series of music videos versus using these dance moves in a movie like this. However, like "Step Up 3-D", all the dancing is nothing more than an elaborate gimmick to entice young teenagers and preteens out there into seeing the damn film; while slapping together a half a** story to set everything up.
Granted, I'm not saying that every movie needs to have an Oscar caliber script, as you can get away with a mediocre sub par script as long as you have well developed characters (i.e. "Major League 2" and "Cool Runnings"). However, the problem with this particular movie is that the majority of the characters are generic cartoon stereotypes, with little to no personality. The main protagonist is a lame cry baby that wants to win a dancing contest so badly that he almost pushes his friends away in the process, while he's dealing with a tough girl that likes him, but she won't admit it. Sheesh, don't you just love romances that start off like this in films? I mean we all know they're going to end up together in the damn movie by the end anyway, so why are they prolonging the inevitable? I mean he's a hot guy, and she's a hot girl... And, they both love dancing, so what else do they need?
Sure, some proper character development between these two would've been nice, but nope. Instead, we're treated to a cliched rushed romance, along with generic cartoonish side characters, and a lame story that seems like it was written by a damn fifteen year old kid or something.
"Step Up All In" has a lot of flashy dance moves, and I have to admit the sound track to this movie has a nice beat to it. In fact, I personally wouldn't have minded if they would've taken all the dance sequences, and made them into a series of music videos.
But as cohesive narrative, "Step Up All In" falls flat on it's face. The actors can't seem to convey emotions properly. Of course, it doesn't help that they have crappy cliche dialogue to work with though.
In fact, the only real emotion you can get from this film is watching these actors dance on the big screen. As I said in my review of "Step Up 3-D", the visuals are simply amazing. And if you're a huge fan of dancing, then you're probably going to enjoy watching some of the great dance moves these young people pull off. If only to appreciate the athleticism and creativity that goes into it.
And, the 3-D cinematography makes the dancers seem like they pop out of the screen most of the time. Therefore, if you're a dancing enthusiast, then you'll probably love this film to death; in spite of everything I just said.
However, if you're yearning for a movie that has a bit more substance to it, then you're not going to find it here. "Step Up All In" has all the flashy moves, and swagger to impress most teens and preteens out there. However, it lacks heart because underneath all the flashy creative dance moves, all you have is nothing more than a cliched written story featuring poorly developed characters that aren't that interesting.
Unless you're a die hard dance enthusiasts, then avoid this one like the plaque.
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