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Review: Streetdance 3D.

DIRECTORS Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini celebrate the inventiveness of UK street dance in the first live action feature film to be shot entirely in 3D outside of America.

The film-makers contrive a couple of nice moments, like dancers throwing hats at the audience forcing us to duck for cover but, for the most part, the 3D is redundant.

The painfully simplistic storyline centres on talented street dancer Carly (Burley) who is head over heels in love with boyfriend Jay (Roach).

He is the creative energy behind a crew which includes Carly's loud mouth best friend Shawna (Bonner), Frankie (Charles), Steph (Nguyen), Aimee (Chang), Justine (Lecointe), Mack (Agyemang-Prempeh) and Boogie (Milczarek).

When Jay unexpectedly announces his departure, a distraught Carly is left to pick up the pieces a few weeks before the finals of the UK Street Dance Championships.

Struggling to keep the team together, Carly meets ballet schoolmistress Helena (Rampling), who offers a rehearsal space for free if she agrees to include five ballet students in the performance.

Carly and her posse reluctantly welcome Tomas (Winsor), Gabe (Cortes), Isabella (McDowall), Chloe (Gregory) and Bex (Leung) into the fold with surprising results.

StreetDance 3D is crudely bolted together by some electrifying choreography, showcasing the two different dance styles and the enviable physiques of the leads.

When the cast are in full flow, spinning, popping and locking, or gracefully pirouetting and leaping, we dance merrily to the film's tune but the perfunctory script isn't plausibile.

Would a ballet mistress really risk her most talented students on such a folly, and could Carly and Co really conjure such intricate, prop-heavy choreography out of thin air? STARRING: Nichola Burley, Richard Winsor, Charlotte Rampling, Charlotte Rampling, Ukweli Roach, Teneisha Bonner, Bradley Charles, Steph Nguyen, Sacha Chang, Rhimes Lecointe, Kofi Agyemang-Prempeh, Lex Milczarek, Rachel McDowall, Sinead Gregory, Jennifer Leung, Hugo Cortes, Patrick Baladi, Eleanor Bron, Jeremy Sheffield, Diversity, Flawless DIRECTORS: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini CERTIFICATE: PG RUNNING TIME: 98mins REVIEWER'S RATING: ... SHOWING: Cineworld, Showcase, Odeon & VUE VERDICT: Some performances are more wooden that the beams used by the dancers to stretch their limbs but those who can't act, like Winsor, can rely on their sweat-drenched chests to distract attention
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 21, 2010
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