If you’re not willing to look past the poor acting, cheesy scripting and extremely predictable and recycled plot then none of the films in the Step Up series are for you. Step Up 4: Miami Heat, or Step Up Revolutions as its being called in America, won’t be winning any Oscars and it definitely won’t get a high rating on IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes, but it will certainly entertain in a guilty-pleasure kind of way.
The storyline isn’t up to much but it really only serves one purpose; to tie together the lengthy dance scenes which are the movie’s strength. The choreography is outstanding and thrilling to watch and while the dance scenes are very long and there are a lot of them, the range is great and the moves never become repetitive. In fact if the dance scenes have so much going on that I don't think anyone would complain if the talky parts were cut out.
The plot centres around Emily (Kathryn McCormick) and Sean (Ryan Guzman) who play basically the same characters that Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan did in the original Step Up - she is a ballerina trying to choreograph a big important dance to impress big important people in the dance world, and he is a muscly guy from the wrong side of the tracks who happens to have mad skills on the dance-floor.
Emily and Sean face different hurdles however with her father’s company planning to tear down Sean’s part of the city to build a hotel. Sean leads The Mob – a troupe of dancers who stage flash mobs around Miami in the hopes of winning a YouTube competition. Emily convinces Sean to start using The Mob to protest as opposed to seeking out YouTube fame.
I was unenthused about the film being in 3D but the choreography worked well in the enhanced format and it actually did add to the experience.
There are definitely better films in the cinema at the moment but if you are in the mood for just sitting back and switching off you could do a lot worse than Step Up 4.