Step Up 3 is a formulaic, gimmicky work-up of street dance exuberance right down to the gust in its preferred format.
The first 3D film shot on location in New York City is hectically helmed by Jon M. Chu and will be fun especially for those who enjoyed Step Up and Step Up 2.
Scribes Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer have Rick Malambri's Luke needing to win the high-stakes World Jam even though his bustling nightclub/dance studio warehouse isn't pulling enough in for the mortgage payments.
So, it's up to his Pirates to go up against fierce rivals, following a common trajectory in sports movies. The main romance has Luke paired with Natalie (Sharni Vinson), while lovelorn Camille (Alyson Stoner, from the first movie) isn't getting much attention from a less studious and more dance-minded Moose (Adam G. Sevani, from the second movie).
The filmmakers have something up their sleeves for their targeted demographic as the vivification comes from the artform itself and dressing it up choreographed for maximum depth-of-perception. Of course, there has to be the nasty honcho foe in Julien (Joe Slaughter) with an improper attachment to one of the Pirates.
For all of the routine and the ridiculous when it concerns the performers and storytelling, it doesn't matter when it comes to making the physical exertions and montages more electric than emotive or platitudinous. Which is reminiscient of where Luke and Natalie are going. But, through the fantastic clumsiness, the sunniness of this type of competitive exercise is infectious. And, those unaccompanied by those savory flavored icy drinks might indulge themselves, brought on by some underground ventilation as well as some elaborate dance-offs.