Step Up 3 (with trailer)

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Rating: 3/5

Fans of street dancing should strap themselves in for a rollercoaster ride to the finals of the World Jam contest.

This much-hyped, third instalment of the smash-hit Step Up series follows the maverick performers from New York-based dance crew the Pirates as they do battle for the coveted crown.

Main players Luke (Rick Malambri) and Natalie (Sharni Vinson) team up with a local university newbie named Moose (Adam Sevani) for a fiercely-fought showdown with other hip-hop crews sharing the same ambitions.

The underdog Pirates can’t afford to lose. Failure to win the $100,000 prize money means they’ll be turfed out of their beloved Brooklyn warehouse den, after falling behind on the rent.

Ok, the ‘plot ‘ is rice paper-thin and riddled with teen angst cliches. But who cares?

It’s gravity-defying, eye-popping dance action everyone wants to see. And on that front, Step Up 3 dazzles.