Though many dance flicks from the 2000s have gotten the sequel treatment - Save the Last Dance 2 and Center Stage: Turn it Up, for example - the 2006 film Step Up was the only one to launch a franchise. Summit Entertainment’s commercially successful film series saw a minor dip in box office success with Step Up: Revolution, but the newest installment Step Up All In returns to dancing for the sake of art rather than political protest.
The first trailer for Step Up All In brings together stars from previous films to form the ultimate dance crew in order to compete in a Las Vegas battle and, along the way, the dancers learn there is more to life than winning.
After the events of Step Up: Revolution, the flash mob dance crew heads to LA looking for success. However, when the dancers can’t seem to make their dreams come true in the city of angels, they head to Las Vegas and put together an all-star crew for an epic dance battle called The Vortex to compete for the prize of a three-year dance contract.
Step Up All In stars Ryan Guzman and Misha Gabriel from Step Up: Revolution, Stephen “tWitch” Boss from Step Up 3D, Briana Evigan from Step Up 2: The Streets, Alyson Stoner from Step Up, and series favorite Adam Sevani as well as newcomer Izabella Miko (Clash of the Titans). The film was written by John Swetnam and directed by Trish Sie, both newcomers to the series.
Although there has been a lot of crossover between the Step Up films in the past - Sevani’s character, Moose, has been in four out of the five films - Step Up All In will be the first movie in the franchise that doesn’t introduce a mostly-new cast of dancers. It will be a treat for fans who have seen every Step Up movie, but it will also recreate some of the same problems with previous films - specifically, the quality of acting.
However, if we're being honest, people go to see the Step Up movies - and subsequently Step Up All In - for the dancing, the stunts, and the spectacle, which each film has in spades. Step Up All In will surely fit into the franchise and present a fun and entertaining summer movie for viewers who enjoy a good dance battle.
Step Up All In hits theaters August 8th, 2014.