Step Up 3D (also known as Step Up 3) is a 2010 American 3D dance film written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer and directed by Step Up 2: The Streets 's Jon M. Chu. The sequel sees the return of Adam Sevani and Alyson Stoner, who portrayed Moose from Step Up 2: The Streets and Camille Gage from Step Up.
As the third installment in the Step Up trilogy and the first shot in 3D, the film follows Moose and Camille Gage as they head to New York University, the former dancer of whom is majoring in electrical engineering after promising his father that he would not dance anymore. However, he soon stumbles upon a dance battle, meeting Luke Katcher and his House of Pirates dance crew and later teaming up with them to compete in the World Jam dance contest against their rival, the House of Samurai dance crew.
Step Up 3D premiered in Hollywood at the El Capitan Theater on August 2, 2010 and was subsequently released worldwide on August 6, 2010, through conventional 2D and 3D (in RealD 3D, Dolby 3D, and XpanD 3D) formats. It was also the second movie to feature the Dolby Surround 7.1 audio format theatrically, the first of which was Toy Story 3. The film grossed $15.8 million in its opening weekend, the lowest of the trilogy, but went on to make more money than any other installment in the series and has received generally positive critical reviews, with most praise towards its dance sequences and effective use of 3D, while criticism went towards the repetitive story and acting."Step Up 3D". Retrieved 2010-11-07. Cite error: The named reference mojo was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
The story begins in traditional video style, as several of the film's characters are recorded and asked a series of questions about why they dance. The film then cuts to Moose (Adam Sevani) and Camille (Alyson Stoner) who attend New York University. Moose is majoring in electrical engineering after promising his father that he would not dance anymore. While touring the campus, he sees a pair of Limited Edition Gun Metal Nike Dunks worn by Luke Katcher (Rick Malambri). Moose follows the shoes and then accidentally stumbles upon a dance battle, where he beats Kid Darkness (Daniel Campos) from the dancing crew "House of Samurai". Luke takes him back to his place, an old warehouse converted into a club. Luke shows Moose the House of Pirates, his dance crew, where he later teams up with them to compete in the World Jam dance contest against their rivals, the House of Samurai dance crew. But then, Jacob (Keith Stallworth), a member of House of Pirates, informs Luke that the warehouse will be put up for auction if the overdue rents are not made.
Luke meets a girl named Natalie (Sharni Vinson) at his club and quickly takes notice of her dancing abilities, enlisting her to become part of his crew. However, he is unaware of Natalie's true motives.
Moose finds his time to be increasingly tight as he has to choose between his studies and dance frequently, including once when his test clashes with a dance competition. He decides to go for the test, but upon seeing the test paper and receiving a message from Luke, he rushes to the competition in the nick of time.
Luke and Natalie become increasingly close as the movie progresses, sharing many intimate moments. Luke explains his true intentions with his recordings and dance interviews. Yet, Natalie is hiding the fact that her brother is Julien (Joe Slaughter) the leader of the House of Samurai, and lies about everything but the love connection between her and Luke.
Natalie faces a hard decision torn between her love and her family. She confronts Luke and asks what happened with him and Julien. To her surprise, he says that Julien was a member of the House of Pirates. He had a gambling problem and he once put a wager against the Pirates and then threw away a battle, so the Pirates kicked him out. After arguing with Julien, she decides to leave Luke. Julien then uses her phone to invite Luke for her birthday party. Luke asks Moose to attend the party with him, as he wants a friend with him, but because they have no invitation, they are not permitted to enter. They find a way to get in, Luke sees Natalie on the dance floor and they dance tango. While they are having an intimate moment, Julien takes the chance to appear and reveals Natalie's identity. Luke is angry with Natalie. When Luke arrives back at the warehouse, he finds it is foreclosed. Angry at himself for not being a better leader, he exclaims that the House of Pirates is over, and the crew members go their separate ways.
Meanwhile, Moose and Camille are best friends but Moose does not seem to see that Camille is in love with him. The two fall out during the film because Moose lies to Camille about dancing and she feels like he cannot talk to her anymore. Camille feels that Moose does not have time for her anymore and tells him she misses him and feels like he does not miss her at all. Moose tells Camille that he misses dancing but misses her more and that she is his best friend in the whole world.
The two make up on NYC streets by dancing to a remix of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Camille tells Moose that he can never give up dancing as he was born to do it. Moose then helps out Luke by bringing the House of Pirates back together, and giving him additional members for his crew including Camille and The MSA Crew from Step Up 2: The Streets. They then discover that the former members who left earlier are now performing with the House of Samurai. They also find out Julien is buying their warehouse, but says if they throw the battle, they can have it back. They do not take the offer.
Natalie helps Luke and the Pirates to win the World Jam at the end with the routine they had practiced in the past. She invites him to come with her to California, which he does at the end of the film, meeting her at the train station and kissing her just as Moose kisses Camille. Before leaving for California with Natalie, Luke gives Moose a pair of Limited Edition Gun Metal Nike Dunks which he saw at the beginning of the film, symbolizing that he has been left in charge of the group. The film ends with Moose saying "Let's party, people!" to the crew.
§CastAnkur Sheth as Tonay "Ball Til We Fall" DanzaAdam Sevani as Robert "Moose" Alexander IIIRick Malambri as Luke Katcher, the leader of the House of Pirates.Sharni Vinson as Natalie, a talented street dancer who is recruited to join the House of Pirates.Alyson Stoner as Camille Gage, Moose's best friendJoe Slaughter as Julien, the leader of the House of Samurai and Natalie's brother.Keith Stallworth as JacobKendra Andrews as AnalaStephen "tWitch" Boss as JasonJonathan "Legacy" Perez as LegzMartín Lombard as Martin Santiago and Facundo Lombard as Marcos Santiago (known as The Santiago Twins)Oren "Flearock" Michaeli as Carlos, A person in the House of PiratesChadd "Madd Chadd" Smith as VladdDaniel "Cloud" Campos as Kid DarknessShirley Henriquez ,as part of the pirates crewAlberto Collado Aracena, as part of the pirates crewThe MSA CrewLuis Rosado as MonsterHarry Shum, Jr. as CableLaJon Dantzler as SmilesJanelle Cambridge as FlyMari Koda as Jenny KidoChristopher Scott as HairDanielle Polanco as MissyThe Lil PiratesJalen TestermenAngelo "Lil Demon" BaligadSimrin C PlayerJose BoyBoi Tena
§SoundtrackMain article: Step Up 3D (soundtrack)
Step Up 3D is the film soundtrack album from the motion picture Step Up 3D. The album was released on 27 July 2010. The singles from the album are: "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida featuring David Guetta, "Already Taken" by Trey Songz, "My Own Step" by Roscoe Dash and T-Pain featuring Fabo and "Irresistible" by Wisin & Yandel. "Squeeze It (feat. Dada Life & Tiesto)" by DJ Frank E was used in the official advertisement of the film. Here is a list of all the songs from the movie, courtesy of the movie credits (in order of credit appearance):
The film was released by Touchstone Home Entertainment on Blu-ray 3D and DVD in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2010, in the United States on December 21, 2010, and in the Philippines on January 27, 2011.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004529NLG
Step Up 3D received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave it a score of 46% based on 98 amateur reviews. Rotten Tomatoes consensus is: It may not contain believable acting or a memorable plot, but Step Up 3-D delivers solid choreography and stunning visuals. It also holds a score of 45/100 on metacritic signifying mixed or average reviews.
The film made $6,657,326 on its first night of release (August 6, 2010), landing second after the buddy cop film The Other Guys, which received $13,124,233. In the weekend box office the movie placed third with $15,812,311 behind the latter and Inception. Its domestic box-office run ended on November 4, 2010, having accumulated $42,400,223 and as of December 5, 2010 it has also earned $116,889,135 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $159,289,358. It has more than doubled the overseas gross of the first Step Up movie, although it is the least-grossing film of the series in the U.S.A. and Canada. On the weekend lasting from October 8–10, 2010 it surpassed Step Up 2: The Streets to become the highest-grossing movie of the franchise worldwide. In terms of estimated attendance, though, it is far behind its predecessors. Besides the United States and Canada, countries where it grossed over $10 million were Germany ($13,869,503), Russia and the CIS ($12,131,409) and the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta ($11,537,610)."Step Up 3-D (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2010-08-18. "Step Up 3D". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-04-20. "Step Up Served". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-10-27.