The latest unashamedly formulaic instalment in the Step Up series is as exhilarating and unpretentious as a can of Red Bull
The Step Up dance franchise steps up for a fourth time, unashamedly and unselfconsciously sticking to a tried and trusted formula, here transplanted to Miami.
The sweet girl from the right side of the tracks, into frigidly conventional dance moves, loosens up emotionally when she falls for a raunchy street dancer, and it's all leading up to a competition.
Ryan Guzman has the smouldering-Romeo role of Sean, who is entranced by Emily (Kathryn McCormick), posh daughter of the baddie property magnate, played by Peter Gallagher, a veteran of flicks such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape and American Beauty.
It's as exhilarating and unpretentious as a can of Red Bull, with some tremendous high-energy dance sequences, into which this rather chaste flick effectively sublimates the business of sex.
The idea is that a super-cool dance crew is staging flashmob stunts in public places, situationist spectaculars, which they then upload to the net.
For a bunch of kids with no money, they seem to be able to afford souped-up automobiles and Broadway-standard costumes for these events.
It's all silly and good fun.
DramaPeter Bradshawguardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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