Are you ready to step up in 3D?! That’s what you’ll have to ask yourself before seeing the latest installment of the popular franchise that features plenty of new faces and some techno-laced dance moves. Following in the footsteps of its predecessors Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D is filled with an unknown cast who are professional dancers but novice actors. But let’s be realistic, when you go to see one of these films you’re not in it for the acting now are you?

Check out our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Jon Chu
  • Writer: Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer, Duane Adler (characters)
  • Actors: Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith Stallworth, Kendra Andrews, Joe Slaughter, Oren Michaeli
  • Cinematography: Ken Seng
  • Original Music By: Bear McCreary

The Plot:

The basic premise of Step Up 3D centers on a tight-knit group of street dancers, including Luke (Malambri) and Natalie (Vinson), who team up with NYU freshman Moose (Sevani) and find themselves pitted against the world’s best breakdancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.

The Good:

  • The Dancing: The Step Up series knows its strength is in dance and the sequences shown this time were specifically tailored to 3D. A lot of the choreography was geared to be “in your face.” People are constantly throwing elbows, legs, arms, and sometimes their entire bodies at the screen just to give you that effect.

The Bad:

  • The Acting: It’s terrible. There’s not much to say other than that. You’re essentially watching people recite dialogue with no real emotion or reaction to the words coming out of their mouths.
  • The Script: Speaking of dialogue, some of the writing is laughable. Certain plot points are blatantly spelled out for the audience (even though it’s not necessary) and the same premise that we’ve seen time and time again is used. It’s one big cliche.
  • The 3D: Even though this film was actually planned for 3D, the effect didn’t look that great. It was decent, and better than what’s been in theaters lately but it was off-putting at times.
  • Reused Dance Themes: I’m assuming they did this on purpose, but two of the dance numbers looked like they were taken directly from the first and second films. There are overt homages made to the finale dances in particular from both movies.


Step Up 3D is a fun movie. It’s not meant to be taken seriously. You will find yourself laughing at things you shouldn’t be, which is unfortunate. If you’re into dance this is something you’ll want to see but if you’re a fan of acting this one’s not for you.

Rating: 4/10

Step Up 3D hits theaters on August 6, 2010.

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