While the Fame reboot didn't live forever and Street Dance got a cramp in its leg after the sequel, the Step Up series will seemingly keep on partying until the inevitable need for a 4:30am kebab kicks in.
Since the original debuted in 2006, each new instalment has introduced a different cast and theme. That is until now. Step Up 5: All In reunites over a dozen of the best dancers from previous films, including Step Up 4: Miami Heat's Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) and Step Up 2: The Streets' Andie West (Briana Evigan). Also along for the ride is Moose (Adam Sevani) who, having appeared in the last 4 films, helps them build a crew to compete in Las Vegas with his extensive contacts.
The wafer-thin story and cheesy dialogue largely serve to bring us from one elaborate set-piece to the next. But let's face it, we watch these films for the epic dance-offs, not thought-provoking drama and characterisation. Highlights include a face-off in a Caesars Palace boxing ring, a tantalising fire act and Gangsters Paradise remix.
Step Up 5: All In features some spectacular choreography and a suitably high-energy soundtrack. However, the cookie-cutter plot offers few surprises or a reason for Channing Tatum to join the reunion. I'd probably still watch another one though...
Review by: Sarah O'Connell
Review Date: 30th November 2014
Step Up 5: All In
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