Step Up 4: Miami Heat
The dancing great, but the film is let down by flashy editing, poor acting and a clichéd script
If half as much attention was paid to story and character as it was to dance choreography then Step Up 4: Miami Heat might be something worth shouting about. Sadly, the latest entry in the seemingly interminable franchise offers more of the same contrived scenarios.
Once again the plot sees a boy from the wrong side of the tracks (Ryan Guzman’s Sean) falling in love with a misunderstood rich girl (Kathryn McCormick’s Emily). Pitted against them is her developer father (Peter Gallagher), whose desire to redevelop the corner of Miami where Sean and his crew reside places a strain on their relationship.
As with most movies in this genre, the film comes alive whenever the talking stops and the dancing starts but even then director Scott Speer lets his performers down by coming over needlessly flashy in the editing room. Amanda Brody’s script, meanwhile, is rife with clichés, cheesy dialogue and preposterous lapses in logic while the acting is mostly poor with Guzman and former So You Think You Can Dance reality show finalist McCormick providing a bland central presence.
General release from Fri 10 Aug.