- Rob Carnevale
- 12 May 2010
The creative team behind Streetdance has sought to put a different spin on the UK grime scene by portraying teens in a more positive light while paying homage to American dance films such as Footloose and Step Up. It’s a shame, then, that they chose to wrap it in such a conventional story, which brings absolutely nothing new to the genre.
Carly (Nichola Burley) and her crew attempt to triumph at the UK Street Dance Championships with the unlikely help of some ballet students led by schoolmistress Helena (Charlotte Rampling). En route cultures clash, romance is found and the kids find new ways to express themselves.
Streetdance does come alive during its numerous dance sequences, which are as adventurous and inspiring as those in its American counterparts, while co-directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini depict London in a very favourable light. But the script is so bland and predictable that it stifles the life out of any of the characters and leaves the performances floundering as a result. The film struggles to maintain any interest whenever it stops moving.