StreetDance 3D (PG)

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Review byMatthew Turner19/05/2010

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 98 mins

Despite a painfully cliched script, dull dialogue and some distinctly dodgy performances, StreetDance 3D still scrapes a pass, thanks to terrific dance sequences and some extremely impressive 3D effects.

What's it all about?
Directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, StreetDance 3D stars Nichola Burley (Donkey Punch) as Carly, a young street dancer who's devastated when her boyfriend Jay (Ukweli Roach) dumps her, quits his position as leader of their dance crew and joins a rival team, just as they reach the finals of the UK Street Dance Championships. Determined to beat Jay's new team, Carly takes over as leader of her crew but struggles to find somewhere for them to rehearse.

Help arrives in the unlikely form of ballet school mistress Helena (Charlotte Rampling, adding a touch of class to proceedings), who offers Carly the use of her dance studio on one condition: that they incorporate her own group of snooty ballet dancers (including handsome ballet dancer Tomas, played by Richard Winsor) into their routine. The inevitable culture clash ensues, but will they be able to put aside their differences and work together to win the competition?

The Good
StreetDance 3D is a UK attempt to emulate the success of US street dance movies such as the Step Up franchise, the 3D instalment of which is due out in August. To a certain extent, it succeeds admirably – the dance performances (featuring Britain's Got Talent's Flawless, Diversity and George Sampson, as well as the actors) are lively, engaging and extremely enjoyable to watch while the mashing up of ballet and street dance feels original and works surprisingly well.

The film also features extraordinary, state-of-the-art 3D effects that really bring the dance routines to life, as well as providing a few old 3D favourites like having someone chuck a hat at you. There's also a pioneering 3D bullet-time moment that's worth the price of admission alone.

The Bad
Unfortunately, all of the effort has gone into the dance routines and special effects rather than into the script and performances. As a result, the script is painfully cliched, the dialogue is clunky and unimaginative, the characters are thinly sketched at best and the performances are mostly dodgy, with one or two exceptions.

Worth seeing?
StreetDance 3D is worth seeing for its impressive dance sequences and its state-of-the-art 3D effects, but the lacklustre script and dodgy performances mean that it's not as much fun as it should have been.

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