WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of New York street dancers, faced with eviction from their warehouse home, are forced to…oh, who cares?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
OK, if you’re a dance fanatic, or someone that loved the first two STEP-UP’s, or films like YOU GOT SERVED, stop reading right now. The whole urban dance craze is a fad that’s somewhat passed me over. Sure, I appreciate the physicality of the dancers, and the so-called “poetry in motion of dance”, but frankly, a film like STEP UP 3 (minus the D on 2D blu-ray) just leaves me cold. It’s basically a ninety minute music video, with an unbelievably dumb plot about a crew of NYC street dancers trying to save their home. The whole thing takes place in MTV fantasy land, where everyone can dance, is cut and ridiculously photogenic, and despite being poor, can afford to drive around in souped up muscle cars, and wear custom sneakers (or kicks) that probably cost a month’s worth of rent. No wonder these poor kids are broke…
Yeah, STEP UP 3 is a pretty dumb film, unless you find a term like BFABB (Born From a Boom-Box yo!) particularly affective, or revelatory. Maybe it loses something in the conversion to 2D, as the film is full of scenes with the dancers throwing their arms and legs at the screen. The climatic number, which finds our dancing heroes decked out in TRON light suits (for realz) is possibly the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen, but what else do you expect from a film that follows in the rich tradition of classics like BREAKIN’, BREAKIN’2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, or LAMBADA (THE FORBIDDEN DANCE). Back in the eighties, STEP UP 3 would be the type of film that would have been a perfect fit for The Cannon Group.
Lots of extras, including trailers, deleted scenes , music videos , featurettes on both the film, AND the music videos, and a short film called Born From A Boom Box which is the film the main character is shown filming throughout the movie. There’s also a bonus DVD & Digital Copy of the film, so no matter that system you have, you won’t be robbed of the chance to see STEP UP 3.
I really can’t recommend STEP-UP 3 unless you happen to be a dance break-dancing fanatic, or someone who enjoys the camp value in films like this. It’s probably not the worst film of its kind to be made, and certainly not the last, but it’s sad that a great, modern dance film can’t be seem to get made, rather than cookie-cutter crap like this. SINGIN’IN THE RAIN this is not. Heck, it ain’t even XANADU.