My Take – I am never been much into musicals, but yes some dance movies (like Stomp the Yard) have always caught my eye. One such series is the Step Up series, a film that many years ago lit a fuse that would revolutionize the dancing community. While the first installment actually had a decent plot filled with emotion (& Channing Tattum), with movie to follow became diluted tales with more focus on comedy, forced social messages and predictable love stories instead of the dance!
Starting of just right from the very decent Step Up Revolution left off, this film revolves around characters from previous installments, collaborating to make a crew to win the high stake dance competition. Well yes just like before, the story is plain, simple, and just as predictable as the previous installments, but with even less effort taken this time. Putting the romance aside, truth is that the overall plot lacks both the emotion and suspense seen in previous installments. The situation here is to simply win a contest for a 3 year pay day, and while that can be very tense, the proceedings are dull & boring. A few twists were thrown in the mix, along with some forced attempts to induce drama into crew in order to get some ruse out of the crowd. However, the drama lacked tension and heat, issues blowing over in seconds with rather emotionless scenes. Even the back stories leading up to this were underdeveloped, and the fear they tried to instill was absent, again blowing over them with ease. Although I knew it was going to be a predictable mess, its the superb finale which gave the weakest installment of the series a roaring end.
The dance choreography manages to bring a first class and entertaining performances that is wanted from their fans. All the dances sequences are handled beautifully raising the trademark from all the other installments and differentiating it from other dance movies. The acting is plain average, just like the previous installments Adam G. Sevani’s character Moose is the most likeable of all. Overall “Step Up 5: All in” suffers with mediocre yet predictable storyline, horrible written script, forgettable chemistry and some average acting from it’s entire cast but succeeds in winning over the series fan base by nailing the dance performances. I actually think this one has the best finale of the series yet!
Director – Trish Sie
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 112 minutes