Step Up 5: All In (PG)



Drama (2014)
112mins US

Starring: Izabella Miko, Adam G Sevani, Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Alyson Stoner
Director: Trish Sie
Writer(s): John Swetnam
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Hunky dancer Sean and his crew The Mob have moved to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. A fight about the rent ends with The Mob and Sean going their separate ways. Sean sets his sights on a televised dance contest called The Vortex hosted by pop starlet Alexxa Brava. First prize is a lucrative three-year contract to perform at Caesar's Palace hotel in Las Vegas. Sean is convinced he can win the top prize so he reaches out to old friend Moose to recruit a new dance crew.

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Step Up 5: All In (PG)

Towards the conclusion of this plot-light fifth instalment of the body-popping franchise, the buff hero stands before his crew and laments the soul-destroying existence of a dancer. It's a hard knock life: attending auditions where female dancers slink by like cats on heat, shooting him lustful glances; ricocheting from one dance-off with an amazing top prize to the next, flanked by amazing performers who can quit their day jobs at the twitch of a pec; getting the girl he wants with a shake of his hips. Our hearts bleed. Or they would if the leading man possessed charisma to complement his jaw-dropping physique. Sadly, Ryan Guzman plays his dreamer as an almost expressionless block of marble, whose hunger for success drives away many of the people who, inexplicably, love him...

Step Up 5: All In. Copyright: Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Caption: Dance crews battle for supremacy in Step Up 5: All In, directed by Trish SieIt's written in the stars of Trish Sie's film that his leading lady will fall under his spell but there's scant evidence on screen to convince us he is worthy of her affections. Sean (Guzman) and his crew The Mob, which includes best friend Eddy (Misha Gabriel), have moved to Los Angeles but the work has dried up after the lucrative TV commercial they won at the end of Step Up 4. A fight about overdue rent ends with The Mob and Sean going their separate ways. "This crew's not ready for L.A.," Eddy tells him. Sean reaches out to old friend Moose (Adam G Sevani), who lands Sean a job as a handyman at the ballroom dance studio run by his grandparents Boris (Frank Kudele) and Ana (Karin Konoval).

It's only a temporary because Sean immediately his sights on a televised dance contest called The Vortex hosted by pop starlet Alexxa Brava (Izabella Miko). First prize is a lucrative three-year contract in Las Vegas. Moose uses his connections to recruit a new crew including Andie (Briana Evigan) from Step Up 2 The Streets, robotic dancer Vladd (Chadd Smith) and The Santiago Twins (Facundo and Martin Lombardo). LMNTRIX, as they are christened, prepare for battle but arch-rival Jasper Tarik (Stephen Stevo Jones) and his well-drilled crew The Grim Knights stand in their way.

Step Up 5: All In resembles a series of glossy music videos, stitched together with gossamer thin plot threads. Parallel love stories are sickly sweet and the big twist is revealed in a laughably heavy-handed fashion. Guzman and Evigan are an attractive yet dull pairing while Miko appears to have raided the dress-up box of Effie from The Hunger Games. Thankfully, the film's choreographers are in rude form, contriving a mad professor's laboratory set piece as well as a thrilling final dance-off that incorporates swinging chandeliers, a sand pit and twirling fire batons. On the dance floor at least, Sie's film works its magic.

- Kim Hu

Step Up 5: All In. Copyright: Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Caption: Dance crews battle for supremacy in Step Up 5: All In, directed by Trish Sie


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